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At 4-5 hours return, a fly cruise fly is the most time-efficient, and not to mention most magnificent, way to experience the Fiordland National Park by both sea and sky. With a guaranteed window seat on every fixed wing plane, the outbound trip takes you over the Mt Aspiring National Park, with an epic flyover of Milford Sound. Once boarded the Gem of the Sound for your two hour cruise at Piopiotahi / Milford, the incredible onboard crew will share their wealth of local knowledge, help you spot wildlife from the wheelhouse or join you for a dance as the boat noses under Stirling Falls waterfall. The return flight takes you over the Fiordland National Park before touching down in Queenstown. Complimentary transfers to and from Queenstown hotels is included.
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The Gem of the Sound
Welcome aboard the Gem of the Sound, Piopiotahi / Milford’s only glass roof vessel guaranteeing you the best viewing opportunities in the fiord.
This custom built catamaran has been specifically designed with Piopiotahi / Milford in mind with her spacious viewing decks, covered outdoor seating area, comfortable booth seating and large windows throughout.
Skipper controlled remote HD cameras project live outdoor footage onto TV screens throughout the boat ensuring you won’t miss a moment of Piopiotahi / Milford no matter where you are on board.
Dining on Board
The scenic on-board Café/Bar serves up a variety of hot and cold refreshments throughout the cruise to keep those sightseeing hunger pangs at bay. Tea and coffee is complimentary.
Choose from a variety of local beers, wines, soup, sandwiches and other grab and go options as well as soft drinks and confectionary.
We do not sell products containing peanuts, and have options for gluten free, dairy free, vegan and vegetarian requirements.
Plants and trees in Piopiotahi / Milford Sound
As many as 85% of flowering plants in New Zealand are endemic, meaning you won’t see them anywhere else in the world. Fiordland is home to many of these unique plant species, plus many trees that are directly descended from the ancient continent of Gondwana. Here are some of the most unusual and interesting plants and trees you’ll see in and around Piopiotahi / Milford Sound.Read our Journal