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“simply stunning”
Review of Glenorchy Air

Glenorchy Air
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Milford Sound and Glaciers Fly Over Tour from Queenstown
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US$349.75*
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Milford Sound Fly Cruise and Fly Experience
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Milford Sound Landing and Glaciers Fly Over
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Operating out of Queenstown airport and flying across the Southern Alps on one of the most spectacular short scenic flights in the world, Glenorchy Air is a family business owned and operated by Janet and Robert Rutherford. We operate daily fixed wing flights in which everyone has window seat for unimpeded views.These include fly-cruise-fly, overflight, helicopter and coach options into and out of Milford Sound and have been doing so for 25 years. Glenorchy Air run regular flights to the Mount Cook region, to Mount Aspiring, Queenstown's local glaciers, Stewart Island, Otago's East Coast and to Fiordlands Doubtful Sound. As we worked on the "Lord of the Rings" movies we have a unique insight into movie locations with various flightseeing options and personalised tours on offer.
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“simply stunning”
Reviewed 17 July 2014

by far the best way to see the alps & milford sound, terrific up close views
very intelligent & informative pilot/guide... did a flight/cruise/bus 2 hour cruise
up close views of the alps, amazing waterfalls..

Visited May 2014
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Glenorchy, Front Office Manager at Glenorchy Air, responded to this review, 20 July 2014
Thank you for taking the time to write this lovely review. Flying into Milford Sound really is a spectacular experience, seeing all the glory from above is a fantastic perspective of this majestic region. Thank you again for your review.
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“Thankyou Glenorchy Air for a truly memorable experience”
Reviewed 10 July 2014 via mobile

We did the fly-cruise-fly to Milford Sound with Robert as our pilot. This was the highlight of our trip to Queenstown. Absolutely spectacular scenery seen up close. Breathtakingly beautiful views of the mountains, lakes, glacier & the Sound (& dolphins : )). We felt very safe despite some significant banking around mountain ranges with Robert a very experienced & skilled pilot. Just the right amount of adrenalin! It is impossible to adequately describe the beauty of this area. Brought to tears by it a number of times during this flight. Don't leave Queenstown without doing this trip it's worth every cent. This is a family run business which is providing a brilliant service & should be supported. Friendly & skilled staff. Thank you so very much for an amazing 4 hours.

Visited July 2014
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Glenorchy, Front Office Manager at Glenorchy Air, responded to this review, 20 July 2014
Thank you for this great review. We love hearing how our passengers loved their trip with us, we are thrilled we could give you an amazing experience, and one that brought happy tears to your eyes. Our fly-cruise-fly is fantastic value for 4 hours of a breathtaking, memorable experience. Thank you again for your review and your recommendation, form all of us here at Glenorchy Air.
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“Best way to see the sights!”
Reviewed 9 July 2014

After an amazing trip to Milford Sounds on a coach, we decided to fly back with Glenorchy Air and I am thrilled we did because it wad an amazing experience. Our pilot, Mitchell was very experienced and had a witty sense of humour. We thoroughly enjoyed our trip with him! The scenery was breathtaking and such a different perspective from the air! Highly, highly recommend!

Visited July 2014
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Glenorchy, Front Office Manager at Glenorchy Air, responded to this review, 12 July 2014
Thank you for this lovely review and recommendation. Even if you initially coach into Milford Sound you can still decide to fly back with us, then you get to experience traveling in and out of Milford Sound from all perspectives. Finishing a great trip with a breathtaking scenic flight back, seeing the beautiful Mount Aspiring on the way. And yes our witty pilots will tell you all about the breathtaking scenery that you experience on the flight. Thank you again for your review from all of us at Glenorchy Air.
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Greenwich, Connecticut
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“Great service; quality operation”
Reviewed 30 June 2014

Our family felt safe at all times; pilot Robert was terrific and showed us a lot. Recommend them very, very highly. The flight to and from Milford sound was as rewarding as the visit to the sound itself!!

Visited June 2014
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Glenorchy, Front Office Manager at Glenorchy Air, responded to this review, 3 July 2014
Thank you very much for this kind review and great recommendation. Safety is our number one priority, all our pilots are fantastic at reassuring passengers and providing a very enjoyable flight for all. Thank you again from all of us here at Glenorchy Air.
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“Very memorable!”
Reviewed 28 June 2014

I agree with everything Sam P says in his review. Scenery was outstanding, our pilot, Robert, very experienced and very knowledgeable about the area. We flew from Queenstown to Milford Sound where we walked around and had a coffee while we took in the view. We them flew South towards Mt Cook, flying over Gorge River Robert decided to pop in and see Robert And Catherine Long, affectionately known as NZ's remotest family. Due to a minor technical glitch we ended up spending an hour our two in their company. A really nice and welcoming couple. What a treat for us. We then took off and flew to Mt. Cook with every important nook and cranny being pointed out to us. MT Cook and return journey were stunning, with some interesting "bumps" along the way! We landed back at Queenstown just as dark was falling and viewed a beautiful sunset. Unbelievable adventure! Well done Glenorchyair!

Visited May 2014
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Glenorchy, Owner at Glenorchy Air, responded to this review, 20 August 2014
It did turn into an adventure didn't it. However spending time at Gorge River visiting with Robert (AKA Beansprout) and Catherine Long was a bonus. Thank you for the great review even though things didn't go quite as planned. Next time you are down this way call and see us, even better would be to fly yourself down from Auckland. Then we could explore some more interesting back country airstrips.
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