Milford Sound is a world-renowned natural wonder. Nowhere else in Fiordland do the mountains stand so tall, straight out of the sea. Luxuriant rainforest clings to sheer rock walls and waterfalls tumble hundreds of metres to the sea below.
Milford Sound runs 15 kilometres inland from the Tasman Sea at Dale Point - the mouth of the fiord - and is surrounded by sheer rock faces that rise 1,200 metres (3,900 ft) or more on either side.
In Maori legend, this landscape was created by Tu Te Raki Whanoa, a godly figure who carved the fiords with a magical adze. Without doubt, Milford Sound (Piopiotahi) is his finest creation. Whatever the fiord’s mood – brooding and wet, or tranquil in the sunshine – it will inspire you.
Doubtful Sound is a massive wilderness area of rugged peaks, rainforest and twisting, hidden inlets - all deep in the heart of Fiordland National Park.
Known for its pristine beauty and wildlife, Doubtful Sound is the second largest of the 14 fiords in Fiordland National Park and is three times longer and 10 times larger than Milford Sound. It is home to bottlenose dolphins and fur seals - both of which are often seen. In season, you may also catch a glimpse of the rare Fiordland Crested Penguin. The Sound is the site of several large waterfalls, notably Helena Falls at Deep Cove, and the Browne Falls which have a fall of over 600 metres. The steep hills are known for their hundreds of waterfalls during the rainy season.
Scenic Helicopter Milford Highlights
View alpine lakes, rivers, forests, glacial valleys and ice capped mountains. Fly over the fiord, land on a remote west coast beach and an age old glacier.
Scenic helicopter fiordland world heritage area & milford sound
Available exclusively to guests at Matakauri is a 3 hour interpretive excursion that uncovers the contrasts within Fiordland, the world heritage area. Fly over the majestic Southern Alps in your choice of helicopter through the glacial carved valleys down to the ancient fiords to discover Milford Sound, the spectacular fiord surrounded by towering mountains, waterfalls and native rain forest. Next you decide where to go, either the Wild West coast beaches or a tranquil alpine lake. Finally, on your return make one last stop on the blue ice glaciers.
Scenic helicopter fiordland explorer
Enter the heart of Fiordland via Doubtful Sound and explore this pristine, untouched environment. After exploring Doubtful Sound, your pilot will discuss your option of visiting Dusky or Milford Sounds. Visit coves and beaches throughout the fiords seldom explored. A perfect immersion in a primeval world, a paradise for photographers.
Additionally, let us design you an expedition of local resources which may include a kayak, fish, dive or dine on board a local launch.
Fixed wing plane milford sound fly / cruise / fly
Experience an intimate knowledge of the scenic wonders of Fiordland, Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound, Mt Cook and the Queenstown region. The ‘hands on’ tours take in magnificent fiords, New Zealand native forests and glaciers. Guests will be introduced to New Zealand’s stunning native birds, seals, penguins and dolphins.
Allow 4 hours, includes scenic flight there and back, cruise aboard a small boutique cruise ship with reserved seating on the boat. Morning or afternoon tea and a Pilot escort from plane to boat through native forest.