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Half-Day Milford Helicopter Flight and Cruise from Queenstown - 202

Queenstown, New Zealand
Half-Day Milford Helicopter Flight and Cruise from Queenstown - 202

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Located in the heart of Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound forms part of the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage site. Explore the stunning fiord by air and water during a half-day excursion. The exhilarating, round-trip helicopter flight from Queenstown includes a glacier landing on Mt. Tutoko. Perhaps spot dolphins, seals, and penguins during an unforgettable cruise.
  • Round-trip helicopter tour and Milford Sound cruise from Queenstown
  • Glacier landing in Fiordland National Park
  • Headsets to hear the pilot clearly
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Landing and facility fees
Headsets to hear the pilot clearly
Hotel pickup and drop-off
GST (Goods and Services Tax)
Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.
35 Lucas Place , 35 Lucas Place, Frankton, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
This activity will end right where it started.Pick up included from all local Queenstown accommodations.
Select your departure time at booking. Then board a modern 6-seater Airbus Squirrel after a hotel transfer to the helicopter base in Queenstown. 

Slip on your audio headset to hear the pilot's commentary as you take off for Milford Sound. Upon landing at the famous fiord, embark on a scenic cruise that takes you past Milford's sheer cliffs and gushing waterfalls. Search the waters for dolphins, seals, and penguins.

Then re-board the helicopter for an aerial tour, soaring above ice falls to touch down on Mt. Tutoko, a glacier in the heart of Fiordland National Park. (Glacier landings are subject to weather conditions and flight paths, which may change at the pilot’s discretion.)

On arrival back in Queenstown, a courtesy shuttle transfers you back to your hotel.
Pass By:  
Fiordland National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
Flying over the Fiordland national park
Stop At:  
Milford Sound
Enjoy a scenic boat cruise whilst in the sound.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Milford Sound
Experience Milford Sound
Pass By:  
Milford Sound
Aerial views of the stunning sound
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Infant rates apply provided they do not occupy a seat (0-3 years old sit on adults lap)
  • Due to comfort and weight / balance of the aircraft, passengers must supply accurate weights upon booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • 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.

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  • "There is a fair cost involved but it is worth every cent." See review
  • "I would recommend taking the helicopter because the scenery is indescribable." See review
  • "Just a word of warning: don’t leave Queenstown and say : “I wish I had done that!”" See review


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Wow what a way to start...
, Apr 2022
Wow what a way to start our holiday! Friendly and helpful team! Our Pilot Luke was just amazing, knowledgeable and had pretty awesome photographic skills. We couldnt fault our trip one bit, From the Communication before we arrived all the way to the dropping us off at the end was 10 out of 10!!! The landing on the mountain is unimaginable and no words can describe how magnificent it was. 👏 The cruise was a great experience. all the staff were very friendly and went out of their way to make you comfortable. The veiws were breathtaking Thank you so much for the amazing experience!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hi Siane, Thank you very much for your kind words. We are so glad that you had an awesome flight with us! There really is beautiful scenery in this part of New Zealand. Fingers crossed we see you again in the future. Kind regards, Liv
The entire Team and...
, Feb 2022
The entire Team and experience were excellent. Skilled and knowledgeable pilot, excellent aircraft and amazing scenery.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2022
Hi there, Thank you so much for your great review, we really appreciate it! Kind regards, Ruby - Reservations
Cancelled 😞
, Aug 2021
Trip did not eventuate due to poor weather conditions. However an alternative 35 minute flight was offered which was quite an experience
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Hi Bashir, Thank you for your feedback, we are glad you enjoyed your Alpine Scenic flight with us and we hope to see you again in the future! Kind regards, Ruby
A Magical trip
, Jul 2021
Once in a lifetime experience… truly exceptional trip and worth every cent! The guide was fantastic and very knowledgeable, the glacier stop was absolutely breathtaking. Highly recommend this to anyone. In fact, it should be on EVERYONE’S bucket list!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Hi Sats, Thank you so much for your amazing review! So glad you had such a great time with us, we hope to see you again in the future :) Kind regards, Ruby
Incredible flight
, Jul 2021
Spectacular view, with great flying and commentary from Alfie! Milford looked amazing (with some sun) and we got to walk around the beauty spots before the flight back. Glacier was stunning.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Hi Sean, Thank you so much for your review, I will be sure to pass on your kind words to Alfie! We hope to see you again in the future. Kind regards, Ruby
Breathtaking A++
, Jun 2021
We’ve done a fair bit of travelling but this experience was AMAZING! The scenery is some of the most breathtaking you will see. Our pilot Alfie was fantastic and very skilled showing us some key spots. My only suggestion would be to suggest to the others in the group to rotate in the helicopter so everyone gets a turn in the front seat. As front seat has the best views. Would do it again without a doubt!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Hi Stevie, Thank your for your 5-star review. Glad to hear Alfie showed you some of the best spots around our backyard, we hope to see you again :) Kind regards, Claudia
, May 2021
Amazing experience! Our tour guide was great through the experience as I was a little worried as it was my first time in a helicopter. Highly recommended!
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Hi Jessica, Thank you so much for your review, so glad to hear that your first time in a helicopter went so well! We hope to take you out again one day. Kind regards, Claudia
Top experience
, Apr 2021
Views flying over remarkables extraordinary,so close to cliff sides. Pilot Luke soooooo helpfull when I fell over in snow on glacier. Stamped path back to helicopter for me to walk on with his assistance. Teens enjoyed running in snow to cliff edge. Luke took lots of photos of then on rocks and in snow.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
Hi Kevin, Thank you for your review. It sounds like you had an amazing time with Luke your pilot! The glaciers are really spectacular aren't they. We hope to see you fly again with us one day. Kind regards, Claudia
A day at milford.
, Nov 2020
What a Remarkable day taking the helicoptor to Milford and back. We stopped on a glacier and had some amazing phot opportunities. The ferry trip at Milford sound was informative with more spectacular again. The sheer cliffs of the Sound and raw beauty unfolds all around. A totally worthwhile experience.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2020
Hi Peter It is great to hear you had such a memorable trip visiting the beautiful Milford Sound and landing on a Glacier! It really is hard to describe how incredible it is so thank you for sharing your wonderful experience! We hope to welcome you back soon!
One of a Kind Experience
, Feb 2020
It was one of a kind experience. It is a must do if within your means. I was short on time and needed excursions to be time-saving. The views from above are breathtaking. We saw a goat on the glacier, lazily basking under the sun, while flying by to Milford Sound. Then a cruise on the fjord. We came very close to the falls. It was majestic. On our way back, we landed on a glacier for more a stunning views. I would do this again and go more places in a heart beat.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Kia ora! Thank you so much for your review! We are so pleased to hear you had incredible experience with us! We hope to see you again in the future
Do. Not. Miss.
, Jan 2020
Whenever we leave a destination our motto has been NOT to say these words: “I wish I had done that!” I’ve been in (and out) of helicopters many many times. Mostly getting paid to do so by Uncle Sam. This was a topper. You often hear people say “that will take your breath away”. This actually does. Our young NZ pilot Jeremy was absolutely first class. The right mix of area knowledge, care and attention to detail, and comfortable interaction with the passengers. We were lucky to fly in the “Maserati” (his words) of the Queenstown fleet. Getting to Milford Sound requires extreme luck weather wise. Out of 100 days, maybe 25-30 days the choppers get up. Of that 30, 60% stop short of the Sound and get a trip rebate. We were actually delayed twice before takeoff and odds were 50/50 the ceiling around Milford would clear. This is an extraordinarily safe undertaking. The clouds cleared and the ship ride up the sound after arriving, while gorgeous almost seemed anticlimactic. Stopping and standing on a Glacier is not something you’d do everyday. Jeremys piloting was so effortless you could barely be concerned as the helicopter climber the glacier face and dipped down the opposite side. Too bad Viator won’t attach videos I think we all took marketing productions. Just a word of warning: don’t leave Queenstown and say : “I wish I had done that!”
Fantastic Experience!
, Jan 2020
Excellent from start to finish. Far exceeded my expectations, the helicopter pilot's experience made for a thrilling and informative trip. Milford Sound was beautiful, we were lucky enought to see some dolphins too. I would highly recommend this trip.
Unforgettable Experience
Emma N
, Oct 2019
We did the Milford Sound Helicopter and cruise and it was one of the best experiences of our lives! From pick up at our hotel to drop off back in town everything was spot on! The team were super friendly and helpful when we needed to change our booking and on the day. Our pilot was Luke and he was brilliant! The flight itself was just unbelievable, we were initially lost for words! Luke was very knowledgable and gave us lots of commentary on the area. Landing on top of a mountain in the snow was definitely an experience to remember. The whole flight was very smooth. There is a fair cost involved but it is worth every cent. Can't recommend it highly enough and I would absolutely do it again! Many thanks to Luke and the team!
Helicopter ride to Milford Sound
, May 2019
Trip of a lifetime and this excursion was the best part. They were so accommodating to my family. We landed on a mountain top and had a gender reveal that the pilot so graciously videoed. I would recommend taking the helicopter because the scenery is indescribable.
This MUST be your highest priority experience when visiting Queenstown
, Dec 2018
The service provided by Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters (in particular Pilot ‘Stu’ and customer service member ‘Melissa), were without doubt the single most memorable experience of our trip to Queeenstown. The friendly, professional, experienced and considerate service will guarantee a memory of a lifetime. I am unable to recommend them high enough. So much more than I ever hoped or expected.
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Excellent trip
, Nov 2018
We were lucky with weather and had a fantastic helicopter tour with family. Definitely recommended to anyone
Very nice tour! We loved the...
Karolina B
, Dec 2017
Very nice tour! We loved the helicopter flight-- it affords some amazing views along the way. The cruise was great, but be prepared for the weather if you want to enjoy the top deck. Our day was very windy but mild so a windbreaker and hat come in handy. Worth it though-- we saw penguins and seals along the shore.
This was truly awesome. The pilot...
Aaron S
, May 2017
This was truly awesome. The pilot Alfie was excellent and the cruise was amazing. This is an absolute must to any traveller to New Zealand's South Island
Helicopter view of the gorgeous...
, Feb 2017
Helicopter view of the gorgeous landscape is a must. Fiord cruise gives a close contact with the magnificiency of the place. Highly priced due to the high demand, it is worth to do it.

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