Scenic Flight & Cruise to Milford Sound

Scenic Flight & Cruise to Milford Sound

Activity Snapshot

  • Sensation Level: Chill
  • Spoken languages: English
  • Fitness level: Everybody welcome
  • Minimum age: minimum 5 y/o
  • Duration: 4 hrs
  • Cancellation policy: 
    moderate 1) Cancellation 10 days or more prior to the agreed activity starting date
    → You are automatically refunded for the full activity price

    2) Cancellation between 4 and 10 days prior to the agreed activity starting date
    → You are entitled to a 50% refund

    3) 4 days or later, prior to the agreed activity starting date, is considered last-minute cancellations
    → No refund will be made
  • Meeting point:
    Wanaka Airport, 12 Lloyd Dunn Avenue, Wanaka 9382
  • Opening seasons:

Activity description

The 8th Natural Wonder of the World awaits, explore the stunning scenic landscape of Milford Sound with this cruise & flight package across South Island's picturesque landscape.

Combine all the best attractions New Zealand's South Island has to offer on this nature-packed tour of Milford Sound. Fly across two of New Zealand’s most picturesque national parks and experience over 100 glaciers, views of alpine lakes nestled amongst soaring snowcapped mountain peaks - with vast rainforest and cascading waterfalls visible from every seat! Discover the iconic peaks of Mt Aspiring, the turquoise waters of Lake Wakapitu and trace the winding waterways of the Dart River out to sea...

Milford Sound (Piopiotahi) is considered the 8th Natural Wonder of the World. A large fjord on New Zealand’s South Island, the waterway is part of Fiordland National Park and the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage site. It’s known for its towering Mitre Peak and Jurassic rainforests, home the country's national bird - the Kiwi. The protected waterways are rich in marine life like seals, penguins and dolphins - along with a form of rare black coral. 

Meeting at the airfield in Wanaka, this four-hour scenic flight and cruise to Milford Sound will start with a 45 min aerial excursion to Milford across the Cardrona Valley, the Dart Valley and Glenorchy. Arriving in Milford Sound, transfer to the fjord for a 2-hour (16km) cruise along the waterway - passing Stirling and Bowen falls, the Mitre peaks and on the lookout for marine life. Meet your pilot at the end of the cruise for a return 45-minute flight across two national parks and views over the Southern Alps - including the peak of  Mount Aspiring, the Matukituki Valley, Olivine ice Plateau and Lake Wanaka.

Available all year round, Milford Sound has a temperate climate with mild summers (Dec–Feb) and cool winters (Jun–Aug). Penguins and seals tend to be more active in the cooler months (Jun–Aug).

Activity requirements

Children must be accompanied by an adult

Special terms

Note: Maximum of 7 passengers per aircraft - excursions operate on a 2 person minimum per tour

0-4 years travel free provided they sit on an adults lap (a child’s seat belt and ear muffs are supplied)

Please arrive 30 minutes before take-off

Activity subject to weather restrictions


  • Return scenic flight
  • Milford Sound Cruise
  • Transport to Wanaka
Do not forget to bring
  • Wind proof jacket
  • GoPro/Camera
  • Water & Snacks
  • Sunglasses/Suncream
  • Insect repellant
Meeting point
Wanaka Airport, 12 Lloyd Dunn Avenue, Wanaka 9382 Get directions


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