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Milford Sound Overhead Flight with Landing from Queenstown

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    Air Milford
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    Pass by Coronet Peak
    Pass by Skippers Canyon
    Pass by Glenorchy-Queenstown Road
    Pass by Routeburn Track
    Pass by Fiordland National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
    Pass by Mitre Peak
    Pass by Milford Sound
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    Milford Sound
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    Pass by Bowen Falls
    Pass by Milford Sound Airport
    Pass by Sutherland Falls
    Pass by Lake Te Anau
    Pass by Greenstone and Caples Tracks
    Pass by Lake Wakatipu
    Pass by Walter Peak Station Wharf
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    Air Milford
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You'll return to the starting point
    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Queenstown, New Zealand

    Traveler pickup is offered
    We provide our complimentary pick-up/drop-off service from all centrally located Queenstown accommodation, please update us with your details. If your accommodation is not centrally located, please let us know and we will send through parking directions.
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Full pre-flight briefing with Air Milford pilot
    • Live pilot commentary on board
    • 2 hours on the ground in Milford Sound for self-guided walk
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off (centrally located hotels)
    • Milford Sound Cruise
    • Food and drinks
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Subject to favorable weather conditions. If cancelled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund
    • Do not forget to bring a jacket and your camera
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Most travelers can participate
    • Infant rates apply for 0 - 1 years of age, when the infant is sat on a parents lap, with an infant lap belt
    • 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
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    We had planned to do a fly, cruise, fly trip to Milford Sound, including a fiord cruise. However, as was the case 22 years ago when we were last in NZ, weather didn't permit the lake cruise. HOWEVER, we did get to fly to and from the Sound this time, and the views from the air
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    Response from Airmilford, Manager at Milford Sound Overhead Flight with Landing from Queenstown
    Responded 3 weeks ago
    Dear Sheryl, Thanks for taking the time to share your flight on Trip Advisor, it means a lot because I empathise how high the anticipation would have been to finally return 22 years later and complete the full Fly/Cruise/Fly combination. However Milford Sound can have other ideas, this past year the final rain tally was 8.8m (347"). This is only just shy of the all time record of 9.2m (362") record. Obviously this directly translates into flight itinerary disruptions. Our goal is to achieve the best out of every situation, and I'm so satisfied that you have the same philosophy when it comes seeing the positives of the overflight. As they say, third time lucky, so in this situation I hope you can return to try with us one final time and we can put the full combination together! For future travellers, it looks like this disrupted weather system will continue until at least the middle of January, so having this in mind is excellent for setting the expectation. And like we suggest for all guests, ideally book on the first available day so in case of bad weather, we have alternate days to roll your booking to the next fine weather day.
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    Pilot Alex did a fantastic job and helped me cross one of the top rated falls off my bucket list (sitting in the co-pilot seat). I've done 9 of 12 top falls in the world and Sutherland Falls New Zealand didn't disappoint. Normally it takes 4 days to hike or "tramp" as they
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    Response from Airmilford, Front Office Manager at Milford Sound Overhead Flight with Landing from Queenstown
    Responded 11 Oct 2019
    Dear Dalia L, Thank you for sharing your review of Air Milford with the TripAdvisor community. It was our pleasure to host you recently and help you tick of another of your 12 top waterfalls in the world. It sounds like an enthralling bucket list, it must have taken you to some incredible locations in the world and we are really proud that our little corner of the world was involved. The Sutherland falls are super cool, they tumble 581 meters in three cascades from lake Quill, which is a high alpine lake in Fiordland National Park. As you say, one way to access it is by foot, on the 4 day Milford track, which is one on New Zealand's great walks. Or, you can join us for a 1hr scenic flight from Queenstown and get incredible birds eye views of the falls and the wider region. On behalf of the whole team, thank you for your kind feedback and all the best for finishing off your list! Sincerely, Mary, Guest services, Air Milford.
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    Fantastic trip. The pilot, Tony, was a fantastic guide. Explained all the sights and features to us. What a fantastic da
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    Response from Airmilford, Front Office Manager at Milford Sound Overhead Flight with Landing from Queenstown
    Responded 24 May 2019
    Dear Johnfrequenttravelle, Thank you for taking the time to review Air Milford on TripAdvisor! We are really pleased to hear that your pilot Antony was able to guide you through all of the incredible sights of Milford Sound and the wider local region, showing you a fantastic time! Our Milford Sound flights traverse three major mountain ranges, the Richardsons, Humboldts and Darrans, before arriving in the stunning Milford Sound for a flight right through the fiord culminating in the landing. On behalf of the team here at Air Milford, thank you for choosing to fly with us and all the best for your future adventures! Sincerely, Mary, Guest services, Air Milford.
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    If your reading this review, and considering to commit to a Milford sound flight, you NEED TO DO IT with these guys. Professional service, welcoming, at all times we felt safe, and the views were incredible. One on one service, you will love it!
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    Response from Airmilford, Front Office Manager at Milford Sound Overhead Flight with Landing from Queenstown
    Responded 28 Sep 2018
    Dear Havingagreattime, Thank you for taking the time to review Air Milford. We're really pleased to hear you had a great time on your recent Milford Sound scenic flight with us! We absolutely love the photo you shared with the TripAdvisor community, it's taken just before coming into land in Milford Sound itself. Out of the window of the plane, you can see the glistening water of the fiord, the thundering Bowen waterfall and the towering walls of the fiord climbing high into puffy white clouds - how magical ✈️NZ🗺️🥝📷😍⚓🛩️🐬 On behalf of all of the team here at Air Milford thank you for your acknowledgement of our professional and personalized service, we wish you all the best for your future adventures, Sincerely, Mary, Guest serves.
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    It was my last day in Queenstown after spending some time already in Te Anui area exploring the Milford and Doubtful sound by car and boat cruises that week. I made a snap decision to do the “Milford Sound Overhead Flight with Landing and Boat cruise” from Queenstown as the
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    Response from Airmilford, Guest Relations Manager at Milford Sound Overhead Flight with Landing from Queenstown
    Responded 5 May 2018
    Hi Gary L, Thank you for your detailed review of your fly - cruise - fly excursion with Air Milford recently. Testimonials from guests who have already flown with us are an amazing way for future guests to decide who to fly with and we really appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts via the TripAdvisor community with such a glowing recommendation. We very often have space for last minute bookings, even right down to the morning of the flight, so it is always worth getting in touch if you'd like to fly. Typically we are out of the office by 0500 pm, so if you are interested in joining a flight the following day, you can call us to book in over the phone as we are available everyday between 0800 am and 0900 pm. Tom is one of our senior pilots and is a Queenstown local born and bred (which is rare!) so he has extensive knowledge about the regions that he flies over and is a very knowledgeable, experienced and enthusiastic pilot who loves to share his backyard with our guests. Our fleet of Cessna Caravans is the most modern in New Zealand and our latest addition ZK - SKY was fresh out of the Cessna factory late last year. When you fly with Air Milford, you fly with the company with the newest planes and also with an unblemished, 100% safety record. The views from our high winged aircraft are amongst the most spectacular in the world in my opinion, there cannot be many places where you can view such wonderful features such as glaciers, snow capped peaks, alpine tarns and waterfalls in one journey! Thanks again for the wonderful account of your time spent with Air Milford. On behalf of Tom and the rest of the team, safe travels. Best regards, Jen
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    About the operator
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    Do yourself a favor and go
    Officially the best day of my life. Mostly calm seas, we saw a whale within 20 minutes! So close to the boat. We
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    Midland, Canada
    Breathtaking Views
    Highly recommend the 1/2 day plane trip to Milford Sound. Costs a bit more than the bus tour but views were
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    Newcastle, Australia
    Awesome tour
    Went on the half day Milford Sound flight and cruise from Queenstown and have to say that this may be the best
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    San Francisco, California
    Great experience on land, water and in the air
    My first time on a small plane, so did not know what to expect and was a bit nervous... But the professionalism
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    Williamsburg, Virginia
    expensive but a unique and fun experience
    Our family of 6 did this tour rather than traveling 4 hours each way from Queenstown to see the Milford sound.
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    Chicago, Illinois
    Perfect End to a Milford Wonderland
    We took a private bus mid-January 2020 and were treated to spectacular weather and a beautiful journey from
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    still picking up my jaw from being wowed by amazing views
    We were picked up by a glass top bus from our hotel in Queenstown. The bus was comfortable and the driver was full
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    Manchester, United Kingdom
    Absolutely fantastic do not miss it!
    This is the best thing I’ve ever done on my travels, and I’ve been a few places. Firstly, the organisation was
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    Melbourne, Australia
    truly spectacular - highlight of our trip
    I cannot recommend this wonderful half day trip enough - spectacular. We were 2 families of 4 and there was
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    Jersey, United Kingdom
    If you can do this trip it is amazing, we were really nevous as we had a bad experience in a Helicopter in
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    Daventry, United Kingdom
    Half day fly to and From Milford Sound Cruise Jan 2020
    We had this booked on the last day of our time in Queenstown and NZ. The weather prevented landing in Milford and
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    Milford sound
    This is a must do !! The entire experience was amazing and pilot Anthony was fantastic. Very professional and it
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    Fiona W
    Flight and cruise
    Totally amazing. Such a beautiful place to visit. You really get an understanding of the vastness of the mountains
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    Outstanding from start to finish
    We were so impressed by the organisation, pilots Anthony and Byron and the spectacular scenery. Excellent
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    Awesome experience
    An awesome experience that is highly recommended. As beautiful as Milford Sound is, the journey there and back on
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    Key Details
    • Duration: 4h
    • Mobile Ticket Accepted
    • Hotel Pickup
    • Languages Offered: English
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