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    Milford Sound Scenic Flyover Tour from Queenstown

    Free Cancellation

    You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

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    • Experience a unique perspective of Milford Sound with the Milford Sound Scenic Flyover, offering breathtaking aerial views.
    • Delight in the opportunity to enjoy a window seat during the flight, thanks to the seat layout that ensures everyone can enjoy the remarkable scenery.
    • Enjoy hotel pick-up and drop-off from your Queenstown accommodation and take a flight over the majestic Southern Alps towards Milford Sound.
    • Marvel at the panoramic vistas of Lake Wakatipu and glacier-fed braided rivers as you soar into the stunning Mt. Aspiring National Park.
    • Traverse the awe-inspiring landscapes of Fiordland National Park, witnessing the rugged beauty of the West Coast and the vastness of the Tasman Sea.
    • Experience all this magic with a small cozy tour group of just seven passengers.


    • Professional English-speaking pilot
    • Hotel pick-up & drop-off Queenstown
    • Child/booster seats and baby earmuffs are available on request
    • 11 seater van for transfers
    • Guaranteed window seat
    • From check-in 30 minutes before departure, to landing back at Queenstown Airport, is approximately 2 hours. Please note, this does not include time for self-driving or using our complimentary transfers.
    • Bring along any essential medication, sunglasses, camera, warm clothing layers, comfortable footwear, and water bottle.
    • Even though the aircraft is heated, it is recommended to bring light warm clothing layers.
    • Your scenic flyover from Queenstown over Milford Sound and back to Queenstown is approximately 1 hour 20 minutes.
    • All seats on the aircraft are window seats. Passenger seat allocation however is at the Pilots’ discretion due to the weight and balance of the plane.
    • Your experience may be subject to change due to weather conditions.
    • The cruising altitude is weather-dependent and ranges between 5,000-10,000 feet.
    • New Junior earmuffs for our young passengers. They have an impressive noise reduction rating of 22db and are approved to Global Safety Standards.
    • For operational and safety reasons, we request passenger weights during booking to ensure compliance with aircraft weight limits and balance requirements. Please notify if any passenger is 140kg (308lb) or over. Helicopter activities have a weight limit of 116kg (255lb) and require prior notification. Exceeding your declared weight by 15kg (33lb) at check-in may result in rescheduling, subject to availability.
    • This activity is not suitable for wheelchair users or people with reduced mobility.
    • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

    Milford Track | One of New Zealand’s finest Great Walks

    The Milford Track, a renowned hiking trail in the heart of Fiordland National Park, is one of the Great Walks of New Zealand. It’s also known as “one of the finest walks in the world”. A 53.5-kilometer (33.2-mile) journey, it winds through pristine rainforests, mountains, and iconic landmarks like Sutherland Falls. Established 135 years ago, the Milford Track in Fiordland has been attracting nature and adventure enthusiasts since 1888. The track holds cultural importance for the Māori and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, contributing to New Zealand's reputation as a leading destination for outdoor enthusiasts.

    Milford Track in a nutshell

    Milford Track, New Zealand
    • Official name: Milford Track
    • Location/Address: Fiordland National Park, Southland, New Zealand
    • Date of opening: 1888
    • Timings: Open during the Great Walks season (late October to late April)
    • Track distance: 53.5 kilometers (33.2 miles)
    • Time taken to cover the entire track: Typically 4 days
    • Activities to do on the track: Hiking, exploring rainforests, viewing landmarks like Sutherland Falls
    • UNESCO World Heritage Site: Te Wahipounamu, since 1990
    • Number of visitors per year: approximately 14,000 per season
    • Function: Hiking trail
    • Difficulty level: Easy to moderate

    Why visit Milford Track?

    Milford Track Guided Walk

    One of New Zealand’s Great Walks

    New Zealand's Great Walks are nine of the country's most popular and scenic hikes. Of this, Milford Track is one of the most famous Great Walks, running through a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    Group of people enjoying view at Milford Sound Cruise

    The wettest places in New Zealand

    Milford Track has one end in Milford Sound, the wettest place is New Zealand and one of the wettest places on Earth.

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    Milford’s best landmarks and waterfalls up close

    Observe Sutherland Falls, one of the world's highest waterfalls, and conquer the challenge of Mackinnon Pass for unparalleled views. To add to it? Glacial lakes and glaciers themselves.

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    Rich biodiversity and unique wildlife

    Encounter New Zealand's diverse flora and fauna, including native bird species like the Kea and Fiordland-crested penguins.

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    Milford Track guided walks and tours

    Join informative and intimate small-group guided tours that provide insights into the ecology, geology, and indigenous Māori culture as you hike up the path.

    Milford sound cruise

    Scenic boat cruise on Milford Sound

    Conclude the adventure with a 2-hour picturesque boat cruise, that’ll allow you to encounter the waterfalls, fiords, and fauna up close.

    Your Milford Track tour options

    Giant Gate Waterfall at Milford Sound

    Milford Track Guided Walk to Giant Gate Falls

    • Join an informative 5-hour round-trip guided tour covering 11 km of the track. Learn about the region's ecology, history, and Māori cultural significance from a local expert.
    • Hike with a small group past sights like Deepwater Basin, Sandfly Point, Arthur River, Lake Ada, and Giant's Gate Waterfall.
    • Upgrade to a guided cruise along the Milford Sound, sailing past Mitre Peak, Fairy and Bridal Veil waterfalls, and endangered wildlife like New Zealand fur seals. 

    Duration: 5 to 7 hours
    Timings: 8:45 AM

    Guided wilderness Walks in Milford Sound

    From Te Anau: Milford Track, Cruise & Return Transfers

    • Get end-to-end hassle-free arrangements with hotel pick-up and drop-offs from Te Anau, along with a water taxi to Sandfly Point during your Milford Track hike. 
    • Learn about the UNESCO-listed national park's rich history and diverse wildlife during the insightful 5.5 km journey on your Milford Track guided walk. 
    • Cruise Milford Sound post-walk, admiring iconic landmarks from the observation deck, including Mitre Peak, Stirling Falls, and Seal Point. Also, get insightful commentary from your cruise’s skipper. 

    Duration: 12 hours
    Timings: 6:30 AM

    Milford Track Highlights

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    Milford Sound Cruise

    Sail through the majestic fjord surrounded by towering cliffs, and spot the Mitre Peak and Stirling Falls amongst other landmarks on a Milford Sound cruise. Get a front-row seat topped with commentary from knowledgeable guides enhancing your experience. Encounter marine wildlife, including New Zealand fur seals, dolphins, and Fiordland Crested penguins. Milford Sound cruises offer a quintessential journey through one of the world's 8th natural wonder.

    Mitre Peak

    Mitre Peak

    Standing proudly in Milford Sound, New Zealand, this peak soars 1,692 meters (5,551 feet) above sea level commanding attention with its distinctive, sharp summit. A symbol of Fiordland's majesty, Mitre Peak is a prominent sight during Milford Sound cruises.

    The board to Sandfly Point

    Sandfly Point

    Sandfly Point serves as the starting or ending point for Milford Track adventurers. While the name implies these tiny insects, the real highlight is the gateway it provides to the pristine wilderness. The quiet ambiance and scenic surroundings make Sandfly Point a tranquil prelude to the journey that unfolds along the renowned Milford Track.

    Sign at the top of the Mackinnon Pass

    Mackinnon Pass

    Mackinnon Pass stands as a challenging ascent for those who dare. What’s waiting for you? Views of the Southern Alps including Mt. Balloon and Mt. Hart, Fiordland scenes like Clinton Valley, Arthur Valley, glaciers and Milford Sound. Traversing its steep terrain is a rite of passage for hikers.

    Sutherland Falls

    Sutherland Falls

    Amongst New Zealand’s highest, this majestic cascade within Fiordland's scenic landscape is right along the Milford Track. It plummets dramatically 1,904 feet from Lake Quill amidst lush landscapes. Witnessing this Milford Track waterfall becomes an indelible moment.

    Giant Gate Waterfall

    Giant Gate Falls

    This 30-meter-high (98-foot) waterfall on the Milford Track, awaits approximately 1.5 hours from Sandfly Point, marking the trail's conclusion. Cascading from the hillside into a serene pool, the falls create a picturesque scene with a swingbridge spanning its front. Below, the water flows through a shallow rocky stretch and under the swingbridge forming a perfect oasis for a revitalizing swim, particularly on warm days.

    Lake ada.

    Lake Ada

    Lake Ada is a tranquil alpine jewel framed by majestic mountains. Bask in a moment of reflection and appreciation for the surrounding natural beauty as you catch a break. Accessible during the Milford Track journey, Lake Ada's still waters mirror the surrounding enviroment.

    Lake Te Anau at Sunset

    Lake Te Anau

    An expanse of freshwater, Lake Te Anau’s crystal-clear waters reflect the surrounding grandeur of snow-capped peaks in the heart of Fiordland. A gateway to the Milford Track, Lake Te Anau welcomes adventurers beginning from the opposite end of the track. The lake's tranquil shores sets the stage for a prelude or conclusion to your Milford Track adventure.

    Unique flora and fauna

    Unique flora and fauna

    Encounter the cheeky Kea or the vulnerable Weka, both native bird species in the rainforests. Vibrant plant life, including unique ferns and mosses, adorns the trail. The Southern Alps offer glimpses of endemic species. Milford Track is your ticket  into a living showcase of the country's natural biodiverse heritage.

    Plan Your Visit to Milford Track

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    • Great Walk season: End of October to April
    • Off-Great Walk season/ Closed from: May to the end of October

    Best time to visit:

    • October & November: Spring unfolds with lush green landscapes. The weather is generally warm and sunny, but it can be unpredictable with occasional showers. Crowds are moderate. 
    • December & January: Summer brings the warmest temperatures and the most daylight hours, perfect for long hikes and enjoying the scenery. However, this is also the busiest time with the largest crowds. 
    • February & March: The crowds begin to thin towards the end of summer. Temperatures remain comfortable, and the vibrant fall foliage starts to appear.
    • April: The Great Walks season officially ends in April, but experienced hikers can still tackle the track with proper preparation. Expect colder temperatures, possible snowfall, and shorter daylight hours.
    Glass roof coach to travel to Milford Sound

    Address: Fiordland, Southland 9679, New Zealand | Find on maps

    Getting there: Accessible solely through private transportation, Milford Track can be conveniently experienced by booking a day trip or tour that includes transfers, ensuring a hassle-free visit.  If you're short on time or don't wanna complete the entire track (53.5 km/4 days), go for a shorter Milford Track tour. This lets you explore a slice of the track, see prominent sights, and learn from an expert guide.

    Handy Tips for Milford Track

    • Guided tour: Opt for a Milford Track guided tour. Guides provide valuable insights that you may miss out on otherwise and often take care of logistics.
    • Weather-ready gear: Fiordland's weather is unpredictable. Pack waterproof and windproof clothing, sturdy hiking boots, and a waterproof backpack.
    • Sandfly defense: Sandflies are prevalent and they do bite. Arm yourself with insect repellent and lightweight, long-sleeved clothing.
    • Essential packing list: Include a map, compass, and whistle, whether going by yourself or on a Milford Track guided walk. Portable phone chargers are handy. 
    • Water safety: Water sources are available, but bring a water bottle and purification tablets for safety.
    • Footwear strategy: Pack lightweight shoes for river crossings. Sturdy boots are crucial for the challenging, uneven terrain.
    • Emergency supplies: Have a basic first aid kit and a space blanket in case of emergencies.
    • Mindful waste management: Pack out all waste. Be environmentally conscious, leaving no trace behind.
    • Book accommodations early: Accommodations are limited. If you are planning a multi-day trek, book huts well in advance, especially during peak season. Respect quiet hours in huts. Bring earplugs if you're a light sleeper.

    Adventure activities on Milford Track

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    Hiking and Trekking

    Traverse the 53.5-kilometer trail, taking on challenging sections like Mackinnon Pass for sweeping views of the area.

    Tourists on a boat in Milford sound

    River Crossings

    Experience the thrill of crossing pristine rivers, adding an adventurous element to the trek.

    Cruise ship approaching a waterfall in Milford Sound

    Waterfall Exploration

    Take in the beautiful Sutherland Falls and others, and have a grand time in the natural beauty of Fiordland.

    Fur seal at Milford Sound

    Wildlife Spotting

    Observe native birds like the Weka and other wildlife species in their natural habitat.

    Camping in Milford Sound


    Opt for multi-day hikes with overnight stays in comfortable huts, enhancing the adventure experience.

    History of Milford Track 

    Utilized by the Māori for gathering precious greenstone, Milford Track's rich history intertwines with legends about the area and its native species. European exploration commenced in 1880 when Donald Sutherland and John Mackay, from the Milford end, first witnessed Mackay Falls and Sutherland Falls. Quintin McKinnon, from Lake Te Anau, discovered the overland route and McKinnon Pass in 1888. McKinnon became the first guide, leading walkers from Lake Te Anau to Milford Sound. His legacy persists in landmarks like McKinnon Pass, symbolizing the track's evolution from Māori traditions to European exploration and guided trekking experiences.

    Frequently Asked Questions About Milford Track at Milford Sound

    What is Milford Track?

    The Milford Track is a renowned 53.5-kilometer hiking trail in Fiordland National Park, New Zealand, celebrated for its spectacular landscapes, including Sutherland Falls and Mackinnon Pass.

    Can I visit Milford Track with Milford Sound tickets?

    Yes, you can visit both Milford Track and Milford Sound with these tickets.

    What can I do at the Milford Track?

    At Milford Track, you can enjoy hiking through pristine landscapes, watching iconic waterfalls, exploring native wildlife, boarding a scenic cruise to Milford Sound, and going on guided tours to learn about the region's ecology and culture.

    What can I see during a Milford Track tour?

    Milford Track tours showcase Sutherland Falls, Mackinnon Pass, native wildlife, amongst other landscapes. Guided tours provide insights into the area's natural and cultural significance.

    What are the timings of Milford Track?

    Milford Track guided walks are open during the Great Walks season, typically from late October to late April. Exact dates may vary, so checking them before you plan your Milford Track hike is advisable. Advance Milford Track bookings are recommended.

    Where is Milford Track located?

    Milford Track is located in Fiordland National Park. The Milford Track starts at Glade Wharf and ends at Milford Sound, South Island, New Zealand.

    Is Milford Track wheelchair accessible?

    The Milford Track isn't wheelchair accessible due to its rugged terrain, challenging elevation changes, and remote location. If you wish to experience Milford Sound however, the cruises and scenic flights are accessibility-friendly.

    Is photography allowed at Milford Track?

    Yes, photography is allowed and encouraged at Milford Track. Mark your visit by capturing memories of your time at the world’s 8th natural wonder.

    What should I pack for Milford Track?

    Pack essentials like waterproof clothing, sturdy hiking boots, a backpack, food, water, sunglasses, sunscreen, a hat, insect repellant, a power bank, and a camera. Check the weather forecast and pack accordingly for changing conditions.

    How long is the Milford Track?

    The track spans 53.5 kilometers (33.2 miles) and it will take you around 4 days to complete the Milford Track trek. However, a one-day Milford Track guided walk will take around 5 to 7 hours.

    What are my Milford Track tour options?

    Options include guided tours with informative commentary, independent hikes with tea breaks at the Giant Gate Falls, and boat cruises on Milford Sound. Check out our Milford Track tour options before planning your trip.

    How do I get to Milford Track?

    For convenient access to Milford Track, opt for a day trip or tour with included transfers, making your visit hassle-free. If you’re also short on time or not up for the full 53.5 km trek over four days, consider a shorter Milford Track tour, allowing you to explore key sights with an expert guide.