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“Excellent Way To See Milford Sound”
Review of Air Milford

Air Milford
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US$378.47*
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Half-Day Milford Sound Flight and Cruise from Queenstown
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Air Milford is a family owned and operated business based in Queenstown, New Zealand, specialising in personalised sightseeing excursions for visitors who want to experience the very best tours of Queenstown and the South Island of New Zealand. Air Milford purposefully remains a mid-size New Zealand tourism business. This allows the company to stay committed and focused on offering its guests exclusive, niche sightseeing tours of the Queenstown, Fiordland and South Island regions. Air Milford is a tour company - not a transport company. The Air Milford team have an intimate knowledge of the scenic wonders of Fiordland, Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound, Mount 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. Our modern aircraft are meticulously maintained and we are proud to have achieved one of the Civil Aviation Authority's (CAA) highest audit ratings for operations and safety.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
Scottsdale, Arizona
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“Excellent Way To See Milford Sound”
Reviewed 16 February 2014 via mobile

We so enjoyed the scenic flight with Matt to Milford Sound. I had the privilege to co-pilot with awesome photo oops.

Once you arrive we were bused to the pier to get on a boat to see Milford sound. There were beautiful massive waterfalls along the way, dolphins playing alongside the boat, seals sunning on the rocks - just an awesome day. Thanks Air Milford.

Visited February 2014
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Thank Peppygal
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Airmilford, Front Office Manager at Air Milford, responded to this review, 18 February 2014
Dear Clients,
We welcome your review on a recent flight to Milford Sound. You describe a fantastic adventure, with all of the elements combining to make a memorable trip. I look forward to passing this review onto our Chief Pilot – Matt.
Regards,
Antony Sproull
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“Best Way to See Milford Sound”
Reviewed 16 February 2014

My wife and I had a wonderful excursion to Milford Sound with Air Milford. After celebrating the fortune to have good weather, we had a wonderful flight leaving at 10 am. Our woman pilot shared with us wonderful views on the 40 minute flight. We then went on a 1 hour and 45 minute cruise and missed the major crowds that tend to come in the afternoon. It is hard to say what is more memorable; the views from the boat or the plane -- both were spectacular. We were back in Queenstown at our hotel by 2:15, quite satisfied with our excursion and having avoided the 5 hour drive to/from Milford Sound provided by tour buses or car service. The only issue we had was a last minute rescheduling to a later flight (from 8:30 “early bird” to 10), but Air Milford maintained our original early bird rate and provided a buffet lunch to accommodate for the change. It was very professionally and fairly handled in our opinion, given the juggling they had to do for cancellations earlier in the week. A key suggestion is to schedule this early in your stay at Queenstown, as there is a reasonable likelihood you will need to reschedule for another day due to the frequent weather issues. From our perspective, the 6-7 hours we saved plus the fantastic aerial views made Air Milford the way to go!

Visited January 2014
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Airmilford, Front Office Manager at Air Milford, responded to this review, 18 February 2014
Hi Dan,
Thanks for taking the time to review your Milford Sound Fly/Cruise/Fly with Air Milford. We enjoyed viewing the pictures you have kindly posted, and couldn’t agree more with your suggestions for future travellers. We also appreciate clients understanding when departure times are re-scheduled due to outside influence.
On behalf of your pilot Megan, and all the team at Air Milford, thanks for choosing to fly and review our operation.
Yours kindly,
Antony Sproull
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“Exciting and beautiful”
Reviewed 15 February 2014

Air Milford was the first part of our activity of the day. Our pilot, Matt, was very understanding of my fear of small planes. He let me sit with him in the co-pilot's seat and I had a blast! I wasn't afraid after we took off and we flew over the majestic mountains that had snow on top while it's summer in Queenstown! Air Milford took us to a cruise that traverses the Milford Sound (Fiord). I enjoyed this activity more than anything we did while in New Zealand. You haven't seen NZ until Matt expertly pilots you to a gorgeous place. We rode the same plane back to Queenstown Airport and he took us over different scenery so we could see as much as possible. I would recommend this activity to everyone!

Visited February 2014
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Airmilford, Front Office Manager at Air Milford, responded to this review, 16 February 2014
Dear Brenda,
Thank you for your lovely review. It is a real honour to receive feedback that this was a trip highlight while in NZ. Most important is that you felt safe while flying with us, and you got to relax & enjoy your trip which is often so difficult when the adrenaline & anxiety are flowing!
I look forward to passing your feedback onto Matt.
Kindest regards,
Antony Sproull
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Palmerston North, New Zealand
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“Brilliantly Beautiful!”
Reviewed 15 February 2014

Very friendly and professional. Arranged for us to fly a day early to avoid bad weather. Picked us at our hotel spot on time. Warm friendly greeting by Yanni. Flight over the glacier to Milford sound was spectacular. Breathtakingly beautiful flight of a lifetime. Got to do this if you in Queenstown on a beautiful day.

Visited February 2014
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Thank spookyFlorida
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Airmilford, Front Office Manager at Air Milford, responded to this review, 16 February 2014
Dear Guests,
It’s great to get a review from fellow Kiwi tourists – very rare as we are outnumbered by our international travellers! So a meaningful thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts. Trip Advisor makes it quite obvious how neat this trip is on a good day – one can assume how equally disappointed people are if they can’t for fill this trip due to inclement weather. We are proud to be a small & flexible business, with experienced pilots who do their best to predict the weather & re-arrange guest’s itinerary which can be the difference between seeing and not seeing at all.
Thanks again for choosing to fly & review Air Milford.
Sincerely,
Antony Sproull
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Dunedin, Florida
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“A must do trip with awesome people”
Reviewed 13 February 2014

Great experience from the get go with super friendly and knowledgeable staff helping to get the best option for us. Followed by a FANTASTIC flight with the most awesome views. Our Pilot took us in their brand new plane an an amazing round trip with things of interest pointed out and we got pretty close to some fantastic countryside that you can only really see and appreciate from up above. The cruise option on Milford sound was a great add on and well worth doing also. All round a great experience that was well worth it and provide us with great memories for ages. Thanks Guys! :0)

Visited February 2014
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Airmilford, Front Office Manager at Air Milford, responded to this review, 16 February 2014
Dear Friends,
It is a sincere pleasure to read your recent trip advisor review, and view your breath-taking photos. We are glad you got to enjoy the new Cessna Caravan 10 seater too. All in all a very memorable experience, just the way it should be.

Thanks again for taking the time to converse your Air Milford flight with the trip advisor fraternity.

Yours faithfully
Antony Sproull
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