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“Fantastic experience”

Milford Sound Fly - Cruise - Fly
Reviewed 23 February 2013

Milford Sound is amazing. A must see if you are blessed by decent weather as we were. Our party of four used Southern Alps Air flying out of Wanaka (book at the tourist place in the main street). This involves an incredible scenic flight cross the alps and then a cruise of the Sound itself. It's not cheap but it's seriously fantastic. The scenery is truly amazing. New Zealand really is the most naturally beautiful place in the world. The event was very well managed and conducted. The only variable is the weather and no one can control that. If you get nice weather and you can afford it, definitely do it.

5  Thank TwoSheds57
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Reviewed 20 June 2012

Milford Sound, a place Rudyard Kipling called "The Eigth Wonder of the World"

Flying to Milford Sound is a hit or miss situation. You get a call about 30 minutes before your flight time to say go or no-go for the day. Lucky for us it was a go. We were picked up and driven to the airport to board our very small plane to fly to Milford Sound.

Now the scary part is how close you are to the mountains you are... but everything is just so beautiful it becomes a second thought. Once you land you are bused to the ship that will take you on a cruise through the fiord. The mountains are tall standing up from the sea and there are beautiful waterfalls that you can almost reach out and touch. We flew back to Queenstown and the return was not so scary but just as beautiful.

This is such a memorable trip not to be missed!

3  Thank 18rusty
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Reviewed 12 January 2012

On the sunniest of days, this flight over the Southern Alps and Fiordland has to be experienced to be believed! It costs a bit but well, well worth it. It IS a tiny plane; the pilot wasn't joking when he asked who wanted to co-pilot....You do experience some 'turbulence' due to the size of the plane and it's not for the faint-hearted BUT the views are amazing and I was very pleased to have done it. Enjoy the courtesy taxi back into Queenstown and have a very large glass of wine afterwards|!

3  Thank MsWorldyWise
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Reviewed 11 December 2011

We have traveled the world, Milford Sound on the south island of New Zealand is the best place. The flowers and palms this time of year look and smell wonderful! In the gift shop we purchased sixty dollars worth of package seeds approved to bring home to Florida but after clearing customs the US Agriculture took them away so save your money don't buy them.
Food is triple the price than America and even more expensive in Australia. When looking for lodging I booked with Hotels.com and we stayed a month only in rooms that had kitchenettes so we bought groceries and ate in saving considerable amounts. The water you can drink from the tap it's glacier water better than bottled. Everyone is helpful and the birds sing 24x7. It's summer now and gets light at 5am and dark at 10:30pm. Bring hiking boots because there is lots of walking. Everywhere is CLEAN CLEAN CLEAN! The beauty is like Costa Rica on steriods!

2  Thank ede m
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Reviewed 2 December 2011

We had our "fly-cruise-fly" experience leaving from Queenstown using Air Milford. We had originally booked our flight with another air carrier who had cancelled two days in a row because of weather and wind at Milford Sound. With only one more day left on our trip, we awoke to a beautiful sunny day and high hopes. We found out that Air Milford was the ONLY plane flying that day because they have a larger aircraft than anyone else and can handle the winds over the mountains. We luckily got booked with them and had a phenomenal flight over the mountains and a sunny cruise in Milford Sound. Doesn't get better than that! Driving there would have taken 10 hours round trip from Queenstown, so we were very lucky that we were able to do the "fly-cruise-fly" option. Views you wouldn't believe!

1  Thank Marcia S
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