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Milford Cruise & Waterfalls

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Trip at a Glance

  • Company

    Alpine Adventures

  • Locations

    Queenstown, South Island, New Zealand

  • Activities

    Nature, Waterfall Tour

  • Price
    Custom Price
  • Duration

    Full day

  • Departure Day(s) and Time(s)

    As arranged

  • Starting Location


  • Price Includes

    Pick-up and drop-off from your accommodation, Milford Sound cruise, helicopter flights, lunch, snacks, and services of a private guide throughout.

  • Notes

    All tours can be customised. Privately guided so available for solo travellers, couples, families or larger groups.


  • Short on time and want to see several of the most scenic spots in the South Island in one unforgettable day?
  • I’ll whisk you away by helicopter for a relaxing boat cruise on world famous Milford Sound followed by a snow landing on the peak of Mt Tutoko
  • Then enjoy a dramatic photo opportunity below the waterfalls and hanging glaciers of Earnslaw Burn
  • If you love waterfalls and are looking for a unique way to experience the highlights of the South Island, this multi-stop heli tour is for you
  • Discover New Zealand at it's most beautiful to create lifetime memories with an informative, local private guide


Trip Info

Milford Sound Cruise
This morning I’ll meet you at your accommodation and take you to the airport where we’ll board a helicopter for an unforgettable flight to Milford Sound. Rudyard Kipling called Milford Sound the ‘eighth wonder of the world’ and its World Heritage status confirms its unique beauty. Our scenic flight will take you above rainforest-covered valleys, past spectacular alpine lakes and over several mountain ranges as you enjoy this world-famous area from a bird’s eye view.

We’ll descend to land at the bottom of a steep valley and from here it’s a 10-minute walk to the boat harbour where the Southern Discoveries boat awaits you. This 1 hour and 40-minute scenic Milford Sound cruise takes you right up close to the dramatic waterfalls that pour down the sheer granite cliffs (close enough to get wet if you’re standing on the deck!) and throughout the fiord in search of seals, dolphins and other native wildlife.

Mt Tutoko Snow Landing
After the cruise, we’re back in the helicopter to continue our aerial tour of Fiordland National Park, which is stunning even by South Island standards. We’ll land high up on Mt Tutoko, the highest mountain in Fiordland National Park, and get out to take some photos in the snow.

Middle Earth Waterfalls
Our next stop before returning home is in the Earnslaw Burn, a memorable location used in the Hobbit movie. We’ll descend past the blue ice of the hanging glacier and the waterfalls cascading down the huge rock faces to land gently on the valley floor for an impressive photo opportunity. This location is exclusive to Alpine Adventures and Heliworks and is simply breathtaking. The final leg of your trip will take you over the Richardson Mountain range, where I’ll share its rich history of mining before we land back at Queenstown airport around 3 pm.

Your adventure awaits!

Alpine Adventures

Alpine Adventures specialises in privately guided luxury tours that you won't see anywhere else for people who dream big and demand the best. I’ve been exploring the backcountry for more than 25 years now and would love to share my passion for the outdoors and my expertise with you, whether you’re searching for something different to do in Queenstown or you’re looking for the right private guide to accompany you throughout the South Island.

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