Milford Sound from Wanaka (Fly Cruise Fly + Glaciers)

Milford Sound from Wanaka (Fly Cruise Fly + Glaciers)

Fly further & see 100+ glaciers with Southern Alps Air

This is an incredible price for a Milford Sound fly-cruise-fly from Wanaka package. By departing/returning to Wanaka you get an extra 25 mins of scenic fight time, plus you will see over 100 glaciers and get amazing views of Mt Aspiring (named the Matterhorn of the South)!

Lunch can generally be purchased on the scenic boat cruise or a pre-ordered picnic lunch can be arranged. Please let the Southern Alps Air team team know when you check in for your flight

Short on time? Then check out our Wanaka to Milford Flyover Trip here.

Milford Sound from Wanaka (Fly Cruise Fly) Trip Highlights

  • Scenic views of Lake Wanaka & Mt Aspiring on this 4 hour trip
  • Fly past 100 glaciers & over 2 pristine National Parks
  • Stunning alpine lakes & vast temperate rainforests
  • Land into Milford Sound – the “8th Natural Wonder of the World”
  • Cruise the length of the Sound (16km) on a smaller, more intimate vessel
  • View native wildlife such as seals, penguins and dolphins
  • Return flight takes you via the Dart Valley and Glenorchy
  • Fly over Queenstown’s Lake Wakatipu & gold bearing Shotover River
  • Informative, personal commentary from your experienced pilot
  • Choice of morning or afternoon departures
  • You can usually purchase lunch on the scenic boat cruise or a pre-ordered picnic lunch can be arranged

Full Milford Sound Trip Description

Your scenic flight to Milford Sound departs from Wanaka Airport and takes you through the UNESCO World Heritage area of Te Wahipounamu. This includes two of New Zealand’s most picturesque National Parks – the Mt Aspiring & Fiordland National Parks. The landscapes are unspoilt, remote and best viewed from the air!

Mt Aspiring National Park
Stunning views of Mt Aspiring National Park

View remote alpine lakes nestled amongst soaring snowcapped mountain peaks and pristine glaciers, with vast rainforest and cascading waterfalls visible from every window seat! You will also see the huge ice basin known as the Olivine Ice Plateau.

Mt Aspiring and Glaciers – only viewed when flying from/to Wanaka!

Once landed safely into Milford Sound landing strip you will jump on your Milford cruise. We choose a smaller, more intimate vessel for our Milford Fly-Cruise-Fly tour as it makes experiencing the sheer mile high cliffs and waterfalls even more special. Complimentary tea and coffee is also provided.

You will cruise the 16km length of the Sound and out to the Tasman Sea (weather dependent). This allows you to appreciate the scale and grandeur of Milford Sound and its waterfalls. It also gives you lots of opportunity to spot our native wildlife. Seals & penguins often make an appearance and some lucky guests may also spot dolphins in the sheltered waters.

milford sound from the air on a scenic flight with southern alps air
A birds eye view of Milford Sound – called the “8th Wonder of the World”

Once your cruise arrives back at the wharf your pilot will be ready to escort you back to your plane for your return scenic flight to Wanaka. Return via the spectacular Dart Valley and over the famous township of Glenorchy at the head of Lake Wakatipu. This location was used extensively in the Lord of the Rings movies with the mountains of the Dart / Rees Valleys forming the backdrop to Isengard.

Then fly over the striking blue water of Queenstown’s Shotover River. Gold was discovered here in 1862 and the river became one of the richest gold bearing rivers in the world.

Finally, you will return to Wanaka and land back at the airport with photos and memories that are yours to treasure.

Optional Extras

  • Purchase lunch on your scenic boat cruise or we can arrange a picnic lunch option for you. Please let us know at time of check in.

What to Bring

  • Camera
  • Wind proof jacket (for the cruise)
  • Snacks/Lunch (complimentary tea/coffee is provided on your boat cruise)
  • Insect Repellant for New Zealand’s least favourite insect (the sandfly)!

Milford Sound Fly-Cruise-Fly Gallery

FAQ’s for Milford Sound from Wanaka:

How far is Milford Sound from Wanaka?

Milford Sound is 96km from Wanaka but if travelling by road the distance is 342km. A scenic flight therefore cuts out much of the travel time while flying over two of New Zealand’s most scenic National Parks.

Is it cheaper to fly to Milford from Queenstown?

Currently Queenstown to Milford Sound fly cruise fly trips are priced around $599 – $665 per adult. With Southern Alps Air you fly from Wanaka which gives you an extra 25 mins (approx.) of scenic flying time. This trip is $595 per adult. We think you will agree this is a great deal!

How long is the flight from Wanaka to Milford Sound?

A scenic fixed wing flight takes approximately 40 minutes from Wanaka to the Milford Sound landing strip. This means our Milford Fly Cruise Fly options provide around 80 mins of scenic flying, combined with a 1.5 hr cruise on the Sound itself.

Is it better to fly to Milford Sound from Queenstown or Wanaka?

This might depend on where you are staying, but by flying from Wanaka you can extend your flying time. Plus you can see 100+ glaciers and get amazing views of Mt Aspiring & both the Aspiring & Fiordland National Parks.

Do I need to bring lunch/refreshments with me on the Milford Sound Fly-Cruise-Fly?

This is a longer tour, lasting 4 hours. Lunch can usually be purchased on your scenic boat cruise. Alternatively we can arrange for a picnic lunch to be provided for you. Please let one of our team know if you would like lunch, when you arrive to check in for your flight.

Milford Sound from Wanaka (Fly Cruise Fly + Glaciers)

Current Prices Valid to 30 April 2024
Prices are per person & includes GST
Child Age is 5-15yrs
Infants 0-4yrs Travel Free (1 infant per adult)
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