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Milford Sound Day Trip by Land, Sea and Air from Queenstown with Nature Cruise

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Enjoy three modes of transport land, sea and air. Venture into Milford Sound in a glass roof 50-seater coach, while relaxing and enjoying the magnificent scenery and informative guide commentary. Take memorable photos during the short walks, before immersing into the Milford Sound Nature Cruise. The day concludes with a stunning scenic flight over the Southern Alps back to Queenstown with Air Milford.

What You'll Get

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Pass By: Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown New Zealand

Depart Queenstown on your premium glass roofed coach, settle into your spacious and comfortable seat with free wifi (75mb limit) & USB charging ports. Begin by traversing the shoreline of Lake Wakatipu, from Queenstown, to Kingston. Lake Wakatipu is New Zealand's longest lake at 46 miles / 75 kms, it is also incredibly deep, up to 1,250ft / 380 meters at some points!

Stop At: Lake Te Anau, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park New Zealand

Stop for a morning short break in the small town of Te Anau, nestled on the sores of lake Te Anau. Te Anau has a population of just over 2,000 people and is know as the 'gateway to Fiordland'.

note: morning tea is not included and must be purchased if required.

Duration: 30 minutes

Pass By: Fiordland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park New Zealand

Soon after departing Te Anau, enter the Fiordland National Park at 4,868 square miles, it is New Zealand's largest National Park and also a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Your coach driver will provide a full commentary on the region, as you journey through and soak in the scenery.

Stop At: Eglinton Valley, Milford Sound New Zealand

Journey through the Southern Alps and along the picturesque Eglinton valley, a place of ancient forest and gushing waterfalls.

A 5 minuet photo stop takes place here (times and specific stop locations may vary at the driver's discretion).

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Mirror Lakes Walk, Milford Road,, Fiordland National Park New Zealand

Take advantage of various photo opportunities on offer along the Milford Road, like the stunning mirror lakes, where on a calm day the surrounding mountain ranges are perfectly reflected in the still waters.

A 10 minuet photo stop takes place here (times and specific stop locations may vary at the driver's discretion).

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Milford Sound, Milford Sound, Southland Region, South Island

Another photo stop and rest break, view where glaciers have carved their mark on the rugged terrain.

A 5 minuet toilet break takes place here (times and specific stop locations may vary at the driver's discretion).

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Monkey Creek, Milford Sound New Zealand

Take a short photo stop at Monkey creek, wonder at the towering cliffs and take a drink of pure glacial water.

A 5 minuet photo stop takes place here (times and specific stop locations may vary at the driver's discretion).

Duration: 5 minutes

Pass By: Homer Tunnel, 94 S.h., Milford Sound New Zealand

Travel through the Homer Tunnel, a 1.2km passageway drilled into solid granite rock, opened in 1953 after 19 years of construction.

Stop At: The Chasm Walk, Milford Road State Highway 94 , Fiordland National Park, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park New Zealand

Experience the Chasm, a short but impressive walk over footbridges, spanning a series of powerful, swirling waterfalls and rapids.

A 15 minuet walk takes place here (times and specific stop locations may vary at the driver's discretion).

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Milford Sound, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park 9679 New Zealand

Arrive in Milford Sound to board your 2 hour Southern Discoveries Nature Cruise, set off to explore the region that Rudyard Kipling called the Eighth Wonder of the World.

On your cruise, numbers are capped at 150 passengers and on this intimate experience, nature guides offer a personal commentary. The boat explores nooks and crannies along the edge of the fiord, nudging into sheer rock faces to examine flora and fauna in detail. The boat traverses the full length of the fiord, right out to the Tasman Sea, allowing you to relax and take in the stunning scenery.

Duration: 2 hours

Pass By: Mitre Peak, Fiordland National Park New Zealand

View the highest peak in Milford Sound, Mitre Peak. It impressively rises directly out of the water of the fiord, to it's summit at 5,560ft / 1,690 meters, which is just over a mile of vertical gain!

Pass By: Bowen Falls, Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound 9679 New Zealand

During your cruise, view the Bowen Falls, it is one of Milford Sound's two permanent waterfalls and at 530ft / 162 meters, is Milford's highest waterfall. After rainfall, there are hundreds of waterfalls to be viewed in the fiord!

Stop At: Milford Sound Airport, Milford Sound 9679, New Zealand

When your cruise returns, all being well with the weather, you will meet your pilot for your return flight to Queenstown.

Your pilot will escort you to the Milford Sound airport, if time allows, the pilot will take you on a short bush walk through the native beech forest.

The flight time to Queenstown is 35 minuets.

In the case of inclement weather, you you will remain with your coach driver, who will drive you back to Queenstown. If this is the case, you will be refunded for the cancelled flight portion of the excursion.

Duration: 10 minutes

Pass By: Sutherland Falls, Fiordland National Park 9679, New Zealand

After taking off from Milford Sound the flight path first takes in overhead view of the fiord and Mitre Peak, before tracing south, down the Arthur valley. At the head of this valley, the Sutherland Falls can be viewed, this is New Zealand's highest waterfall, falling impressively 1,900ft / 580 meters to the valley floor below.

Pass By: Lake Te Anau, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park New Zealand

The flight path then begins to track east over the Southern Alps and back towards Queenstown. New Zealand's second largest lake, lake Te Anau can be viewed stretching out to the south.

Pass By: Greenstone and Caples Tracks, Greenstone Station Road, Greenstone and Caples Conservation Area, Queenstown New Zealand

Taking in stunning views of small alpine lakes, jagged peaks and now capped mountains, you will then cross over the main divide of the Southern Alps. The route then traverses the densely forested Greenstone and Caples valleys.

Pass By: Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown New Zealand

After emerging from the Greenstone valley, fly over Lake Wakatipu. Lake Wakatipu is New Zealand's longest lake at 46 miles / 75 kms, it is also incredibly deep, up to 1,250ft / 380 meters at some points!

Queenstown is nestled on the lake's shores, so some great views of the town are enjoyed before landing.

Pass By: Walter Peak Station Wharf, Beach Bay, Walter Peak 9793, New Zealand

View the Walter Peak high country station, which is one of New Zealand's largest merino sheep farms.

Stop At: Air Milford, 3 Tex Smith Lane, Frankton, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand

View the Remarkable mountain range and Queenstown, before landing at the Air Milford base for your drop-off back to your accommodation.

Duration: 10 minutes

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Subject to favorable weather conditions: if poor weather prevents the flight, you will return by coach. You will be given a refund for the flight segment of the excursion
  • Bring a jacket and camera
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking, special arrangements available
  • Infant rates apply for 0 - 1 years of age, when the infant is sat on a parents lap, with an infant lap belt
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 45 travelers
  • 5-hour coach excursion to Milford Sound
  • 2-hour Nature Cruise of Milford Sound
  • 35-minute scenic flight in a high wing Air Milford airplane (weather permitting)
  • Live Air Milford pilot commentary on board
  • Hot buffet lunch aboard cruise during summer season, or a picnic lunch during the winter season
  • Entry/Admission - Milford Sound

  • Morning tea
  • Breakfast (available to purchase)

Departure Point
Southern Discoveries - Queenstown Visitor Centre, St Omer Wharf 110 Beach Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand

Traveler pickup is offered
• Pick-up is available from most centrally located hotels within Queenstown
• For travelers who pick-up is not available, the meeting point will be: Southern Discoveries Visitor Centre, St Omer Wharf, 110 Beach Street, Queenstown, 9300
• Please update us with your accommodation details and we will send through the appropriate instructions.

Departure Time
7:00 AM

8 to 13 hours

Return Details
Returns to original departure point

Voucher Info
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The Fine Print

7-day cancellation rights do not apply; no refunds or exchanges permitted. Voucher valid only for date and time listed; may not be exchanged or redeemed for other dates. Purchaser name and phone number must be provided at checkout; this information will be shared with Viator and the tour operator for purposes of order fulfillment. Groupon promo codes may not be used for this offer. Groupon voucher Terms of Sale do not apply. See the tour operators terms and conditions for this offer here. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised Goods and services.