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Milford Sound Overhead Flight with Landing from Queenstown

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USD 321.22
2 travellers
    What to Expect
    Your aerial adventure begins with pick-up from your central Queenstown hotel and a short transfer to the airport. After meeting your pilot and receiving a safety briefing, jump aboard your fixed wing aircraft and take off over the city.

    Listen to your pilot’s onboard commentary as you soar over the Paradise region, made famous in films such as 'Lord of the Rings' and 'The Hobbit,' then fly above the vast Skippers Canyon and the glittering Donne glacier. After your flight, enjoy spectacular aerial views of Milford Sound as you come onto land at the edge of the fjord.

    You’ll have free time on the ground to admire views of Milford Sound, take photos, or enjoy coffee and cake (own expense) at the Discover Milford Café, before heading back to the airfield.

    On the return flight, enjoy an alternative route, passing over the Fiordland National Park and taking in dramatic views of the 1,904-foot (580-meter) high Sutherland Falls.

    Back in Queenstown, a driver will be waiting to take you back to your hotel.
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    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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    Popular mentions
    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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    We had a hiccup in our schedule and had to get to Milford Sound asap. The company was kind and accommodating (even sending a cab to pick us up). From checking in to flying it was approximately 10 mins. We left in the 4pm flight but they offer multiple flights a day. The flight
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    Response from Airmilford, Guest Relations Manager at Milford Sound Overhead Flight with Landing from Queenstown
    Responded 12 Mar. 2018
    Hi Daniel M, Thank you soooo much for the five star review and the perfect 10 score! Sometimes, for whatever reason, things don't go to plan but this time we are glad that we were able to help you get to Milford when you needed to. At this time of year, the 4pm flight is the latest we have to get into Milford but we do have departures throughout the day so we can find one that will suit everyone's schedule. Just get in contact to find out more. I hope you enjoyed your time in Milford, it was our pleasure getting you there! Best regards, Jen Air Milford
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    About the operator
    By: Air Milford
    1,465 reviews
    Certificate of Excellence
    Orlando d
    Excellent trip
    Very friendly staff, kept us all fully informed of any potential weather scenarios that could have affected the
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    Dublin, Ireland
    If flying to Milford from Queenstown - choose these guys
    Air Milford already has an unambiguous 5* rating here so simply saying these guys are great is not really new
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    Los Angeles, California
    Wow -- Amazing Views!
    If you are lucky enough like we were to have good weather, I cannot imagine a more stunning way to experience
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    Ariel H
    Incredible experience, super friendly people!
    We had an unbelievable experience on a flight and cruise to Milford from Queenstown a few months ago (Sep. 2019).
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    Tess H
    So worth doing the bus tour giving you an amazing view of the country and great commentary from the coach driver.
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    Melbourne, Australia
    Felt the fear and did it anyway!
    Incredible breathtaking experience flying over the snow covered peaks from Queenstown to the glorious greens of
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    Tigre, Argentina
    The best way to go to Milford Sound!
    Amazing flight, amazing plane, excellent pilot and excellent company! Everything was perfect. Only 4 hours against
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    Epic Day, Absolute Must!
    We were going to bus/cruise/bus from Queenstown from/to Milford Sound but our Kiwi friend highly recommended
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    Queenstown, New Zealand
    The best way to Escape to Milford Sound
    I had such an amazing day with Air Milford. Professional staff with huge experience. They pick you the right day
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    Hong Kong, China
    Awesome...just do it!
    This was definitely the highlight of our trip to Queenstown. The tour had to be rescheduled twice due to bad
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    Las Vegas, Nevada
    Amazing day!
    We were initially a bit disappointed when our tour was cancelled due to weather problems but we were rebooked for
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    Fly/Cruise/Fly - Milford Sound
    Outstanding tour, with beautiful scenery everywhere we looked. Couldn't reccomened this tour highly enough.
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    Incredible experience! Trip highlight
    Visiting Milford Sound is something I've been dreaming of for a long time and I am SO glad that when I finally got
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    Sharon P
    Top of the world...
    ... looking down on creation! Totally amazing flight - what a way to see the Fiordlands. Thank you to our Pilot
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    Karen L
    Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
    Fantastic Awesome Experience!!
    We looked at other options and was recommended to take this flight, the day before all flights were cancelled due
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    Key Details
    • Duration: 4h
    • Mobile Ticket Accepted
    • Hotel Pickup
    • Languages Offered: English
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