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Milford Sound and Big Five Glaciers Scenic Flight provided by Air Milford

Milford Sound and Big Five Glaciers Scenic Flight

Milford Sound and Big Five Glaciers Scenic Flight
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100% of travellers recommend this experience
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
1h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Hotel pickup offered
Group size:
12
Stroller accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
  • Duration:
    1h
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Group size:
    12
  • Stroller accessible
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 38244P15
Important information
Inclusions
  • Full pre-flight briefing with Air Milford pilot
  • Live pilot commentary on board
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (centrally located hotels)
Exclusions
  • No landing in Milford Sound is included
  • No cruise of Milford Sound is included
Duration
1h
Departure details
  • Traveller 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.
  • 3 Tex Smith Lane, Frankton, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand Please provide us with your accommodation details and we will advise accordingly.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Subject to favorable weather conditions. If cancelled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date/time or full refund
  • Do not forget to bring a jacket and your camera
  • Infant 0 - 1 years of age fly free of charge, when the infant is sat on a parents lap, with an infant lap belt. If an infant requires their own seat, then a child ticket must be purchased
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled 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 travellers
Inclusions
  • Full pre-flight briefing with Air Milford pilot
  • Live pilot commentary on board
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (centrally located hotels)
Exclusions
  • No landing in Milford Sound is included
  • No cruise of Milford Sound is included
Departure details
  • Traveller 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.
  • 3 Tex Smith Lane, Frankton, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand Please provide us with your accommodation details and we will advise accordingly.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
1h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Subject to favorable weather conditions. If cancelled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date/time or full refund
  • Do not forget to bring a jacket and your camera
  • Infant 0 - 1 years of age fly free of charge, when the infant is sat on a parents lap, with an infant lap belt. If an infant requires their own seat, then a child ticket must be purchased
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled 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 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    3 Tex Smith Lane
    Or, you can also get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Air Milford
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
    Pass by
    Coronet Peak
    Skippers Canyon
    Mount Aspiring National Park
    Mount Aspiring
    Fiordland National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
    Milford Sound
  • 2
    Milford Sound
    See details
    Pass by
    Lake Te Anau
    Lake Wakatipu
    Air Milford
    Sutherland Falls
  • You'll return to the starting point
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5.0
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Jeremy_Samuels
Queenstown, New Zealand7 contributions
Sep. 2020
Recently took my wife, 5 year old and 2 year old on the Big Five scenic flight with Air Milford - cannot recommend highly enough! We booked direct and found the team friendly and informative.

Upon arrival checkin was done by Mary and we were informed of all of the safety precautions required under level 2. Tom our pilot then took us for our briefing before taking to the skies.

As Queenstown locals, we sometimes forget the beauty of the area that surrounds us, and this trip was the perfect reminder to appreciate our special corner of the world! Tom was extremely informative and full of interesting trivia about the region. Flight was also smooth and comfortable.

Kids had a ball as well - highlight for the 5 year old was being able to watch the pilot.

Many thanks for making this such a memorable flight!
Written 14 September 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dear Jeremy_Samuels, Thank you for sharing your review of Air Milford with the TripAdvisor community. We are so pleased to receive your kind feedback and know that you and your family were treated to a 5 star experience aboard our Milford Sound & Big 5 Glaciers Scenic Flight. It was our absolute pleasure to host you, as you say, as locals we often don't get out and experience all of the incredible things on offer just on your doorstep, but we are so pleased that your scenic flight reminded you and gave you a fresh appreciation of the world-class region we are blessed to live in. On behalf of your informative pilot Tom and the rest of the Air Milford team, thank you for choosing to fly with Air Milford and for your 'best in the industry' rating! All the best, Mary, Guest services, Air Milford.
Written 19 September 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Geoff & Gerda Bradly
4 contributions
Jul. 2020
What a great flight with Antony in the 'classic' Cessna 185. We have done numerous 'Southern Alps' flights at different locations in both fixed wing and helicopters, without a doubt this one was the most spectacular. Antony tailored the flight to fly close to some of the peaks we were interested in, and close means 'close', but at no time did it feel unsafe. The other thing that was obvious was the companies passion for sharing their amazing part of the world which was all done in a relaxed manner which I think stems from the fact they are a family business. From the time we met Jo at reception and saw Hank out washing one of the planes, it just enhanced the experience that we were flying with a business that really enjoys what they do. Thanks guys.
Written 4 July 2020
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Dear Geoff & Gerda, Thank you for Taking the time to review your experience with Air Milford on TripAdvisor. We call the Cessna 185 the 'sports car' of our fleet, it may be older than our state-of-the-art-Cessna Caravans, but with it's big engine it can pack some punch! This plane can land on small remote airstrips, on beaches and even on the snow. We try our best to provide a personalised service and are glad to hear that on this occasion we were successful, your pilot Antony just loves flying up close & personal to his favorite peaks and hidden alpine lakes. I love the photos you have shared, the one of Mt Tutoko (fiordland's highest peak) and it's related glacier is awesome, it looks like you could reach out & touch the ice! On behalf of pilot Antony, his dad Hank and the rest of the team, thank you for choosing to fly with us and all the best for your future travels. Sincerely, Mary, Guest services, Air Milford. ✈️NZ🗺️🥝📷😍⚓🛩️🐬
Written 12 July 2020
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KrittyG
Chester, UK10 contributions
Dec. 2021
The whole experience was just amazing. It was a belated Birthday present for my partner and he was over the moon that he got to sit in the co-pilots seat, for a birds eye view!
The scenery was incredible, didn't even know there were other glaciers around other than the big two, so it was really breathtaking! Our pilot was so knowledgeable and the flight was so smooth. Luckily we picked the best day to go and got some amazing pictures.
Would highly recommend the flight and Air Milford, they were so friendly and professional at the same time and we would definitely use them again!
THANK YOU TO ALL AT AIR MILFORD!!
Written 9 January 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hi Kris, Thank you for taking the time to review Air Milford on Trip Advisor. It is impossible to read this review without smiling! We are so happy to hear that you and your partner had such an amazing experience and that he enjoyed his belated birthday flight in the copilot seat. We have to agree that there are some incredibly spectacular views and several hidden treasures to be discovered on the flight over the Southern Alps! Our team strives to provide our guests with exceptional experiences, so it is great to know that you found our team friendly and professional and that your experienced and knowledgeable pilot enhanced your breathtaking trip. On behalf of the Air Milford family, we thank you for choosing to fly with us, and we hope to host you again in the future. All the best, Sara
Written 22 January 2022
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Alan H
1 contribution
Jun. 2020
Absolutely breathtaking experience and should be top of every persons list. You really have no appreciation how vast and wonderful the NZ southern alps are until you've flow them with Air Milford. Really refreshing to see a true local family run business that loves what they do and treats all guests well and appreciates them. Cant speak highly enough of this experience and worth every cent.
Written 14 June 2020
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Dear Alan, Thank you for taking the time to review Air Milford on TripAdvisor. It was our absolute pleasure to host you and we are so pleased to hear that you had a stunning experience flying over the Fiordland and Mount Aspiring national parks with us. We are very proud to be family owned and operated and we are so pleased to hear that you could clearly see our passion for sharing our local region shining, throughout your visit! On behalf of the whole team, thank you for choosing to fly with us and all the best for your future adventures. Sincerely, Mary, Guest services, Air Milford.
Written 19 June 2020
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Todd K
Queenstown, New Zealand8 contributions
Jun. 2020 • Friends
After living in Queenstown for 20 years completing this trip has to be the best thing I have done. Seeing some of the most beautiful mountain ranges, alpine lakes and glaciers from above is unreal followed by then dropping into milford sound was incredible. We are very lucky to have this opportunity to see out backyard from another perspective. Highly recommend this trip the team at Air Milford are the best
Written 13 June 2020
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Dear Todd k, Thank you for sharing your pictures and review of Air Milford on TripAdvisor. We are humbled to receive your incredibly kind review of your recent scenic flight with us. It's not often we have the pleasure of hosting locals on a trip round our mutual backyard and we are so pleased that we were able to do so, aboard the luxury of our Cessna Caravan! The two photographs you have shared from your Milford Sound & Big 5 Glaciers scenic flight are simply stunning. The first is a beautiful shot of one of the many spectacular glaciers located in the Mt Aspiring National Park and the second is a shot looking down to Milford Sound. You can just make out the Milford Sound runway under the wing strut, the fiord itself stretches out on the right of the shot and the Cleddau River is snaking up the valley in the center of the shot, to it's mouth in Deepwater Basin. On behalf of your pilot and the rest of the Air Milford team, thank you for choosing to fly with us and for your high endorsement to future travelers. All the best, Mary, Guest services, Air Milford. ✈️NZ🗺️🥝📷😍⚓🛩️🐬
Written 13 June 2020
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980praveenh
9 contributions
Thoroughly enjoyed the flight and the pilot (Thomas) is really cool. Pity we couldn’t see the Milford Sound as there was a dense cloud.
Written 4 February 2021
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Dear Praveen, Thank you for sharing your review and beautiful photos with the TripAdvisor community. We are so pleased that you thoroughly enjoyed your recent scenic flight with Tom, he loves sharing our local region with his guests. It is a pity that Milford Sound was obscured by cloud, the view of Milford is a cool segment of the flight, but we are glad that the splendid Tititea / Mt Aspiring and glaciers of the Southern Alps kept you well entertained. I love the shot you have shared taken from the pane, while flying over the Hollyford Valley. You can see Lake McKerrow / Whakatipu Waitai enclosed by dense bush around its shores and cloud covering the Tasman Sea. On behalf of the whole 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. ✈️NZ🗺️🥝📷😍⚓🛩️🐬
Written 5 February 2021
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hutsonl14
Chicago, IL132 contributions
Nov. 2018 • Couples
One of the most memorable experiences of our two weeks in New Zealand was flying in a gorgeous vintage airplane on our “Milford and Big 5 Glaciers Flight” with AirMilford. All of Air Milford's flights leave from Queenstown airport, which is only a fifteen minute drive from downtown Queenstown. There’s an assortment of morning and midday tours, so they’re easy to fit in with the rest of your schedule, whether you’re hiking, wine tasting, or jumping off of something!

Some of the most popular offerings from Air Milford are flights that land in Milford Sound, and connect you with a cruise of the sound. For people who don’t want to spend time driving on vacation, this is perfect and saves a long 4-5 hour drive from Queenstown. (Longer if you’re taking the bus.) Or, perhaps the best of both worlds, the bus-cruise-fly option. Here you will drive out to Milford on a tour bus, allowing you to see the stunning scenery, and then do your cruise. Then, when the last thing you want is to get back on a bus, you can return via plane, making the journey 30 minutes instead of 5 hours!

The Big 5 Glaciers is the first of the day, leaving at 8am. It is a one hour aerial tour without a landing. Since we wanted to do the Key Summit hike, we chose to drive to Milford and do the cruise on our own, so this was the perfect flight option to allow us to explore the park on our own pace, but still have the incredible view of it from above.
Written 8 January 2019
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Dear Hutsonl14, Thank you for sharing your review of Air Milford on TripAdvisor. It was our pleasure to host you on our 8am Milford Sound and Big 5 Glaciers scenic flight recently! This flight is a new addition to our timetable this summer and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. An early start in the morning is rewarded by stunning sunrise views of our local regains, including Mt Aspiring and Fiordland National Parks during the one hour scenic flight. Unlike our other excursion, this flight does not land in Milford Sound, or include a cruise and so is ideal for guests who have already visited Fiordland, or who only have a very brief window of time to explore the awe-inspiring scenery. On behalf of the Air Milford team, thank you for choosing to fly with us and all the best for your future adventures. Sincerely, Mary Guest services Air Milford
Written 5 April 2019
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Andre d
1 contribution
Dec. 2019 • Couples
Having done many scenic flights in various countries this one stands out. It gets my vote too for best scenic flight ever experienced.
Written 17 December 2019
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Dear Andred, Thanks for your review of Air Milford, and the commendable accolade about this being the best scenic flight you've ever experienced. My father grew up flying here for the major carrier at the time, and even back in the 70's their marketing material read "The Best Scenic Flight in the World!". The scenery hasn't changed, but the equipment is newer and safer. so there couldn't be a better time to experience it! So you've set the tone for future travellers, now it is our turn to continuing this theme into 2020 and beyond! With thanks, Antony
Written 5 January 2020
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Karen L
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand12 contributions
Sep. 2019
We looked at other options and was recommended to take this flight, the day before all flights were cancelled due to weather conditions. We flew with another couple and found the James Hill, the pilot great. He was informative, had a lovely manner and definitely an experienced pilot. From start to finish we totally enjoyed this experience!! My husband sat in the front seat next to pilot as he's an avid 'wannabe pilot'. Top Marks - don't give this one a miss!!
Written 21 October 2019
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Dear Karen L, Thank you for reviewing your experience with Air Milford on TripAdvisor. We are very pleased to receive your kind feedback about flying with James recently - we absolutely agree that he is a great pilot, hearing your complimentary words about his informative manner, made him blush bright red! The Milford Sound & Big 5 Glaciers Flight is our newest trip, it is a 1hour scenic flight which covers views of Milford Sound, Mt Aspiring and Fiordland National Parks, along with a handful of our local glaciers, often a lot more than 5! We have received some great feedback about this new flight and it's awesome to add your 'fantastic, awesome experience' to this. On behalf of Jimmy and the whole team, thank you for your top marks and all the best for the rest of your adventures, Sincerely, Mary, Guest services, Air Milford.
Written 23 October 2019
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Larissa Tait
3 contributions
Oct. 2019
It was by faaaaaaar my favourite thing I have done in Queenstown to date and I’m a Kiwi that’s done a lot and not a fan of early mornings ,so it’s really saying something !

Firstly the welcome we got when arriving to check in at Air Milford from Mary and Jo is so warm and really welcoming (even though I was half asleep haha) !
I felt like this really sets the tone for the whole flight, so well done gals and keep up those beautiful smiles!

Next we had James (out Pilot) give us an overview of where our flight was going and what to expect to see over the beautiful Southern Alps and a quick weather update.
He sounded even more kiwi than I can remember hearing in Queenstown ever , so was nice to see you had even more locals then just the Sproull family!

Next we took off on our flight and straight away I was amazing , the sun was rising and a beautiful red colour was on the horizon, this combined with Skippers Canyon and Mt Aspiring blew my mind and had me smiling the whole time!
The Glacier and Ice Plateau’s were so astonishing! I knew this country was magical but my goodness!
What a dream job you have flying over these every day, if the weather permits!

Milford Sounds was also so wonderful to see by Plane, there was a huuuuge cruise ship leaving Milford to it really put this into comparison how lucky I felt to be flying like a bird above the 8th wonder of the world!
Written 4 October 2019
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Dear LarissaTait, Thank you for taking the time to write such a kind and comprehensive review of your experience with Air Milford, on TripAdvisor. It was our pleasure to host you on our Milford Sound and Big 5 Glaciers Scenic Flight recently and we are so proud to hear that you had an outstanding time. They say 'the early bird catches the worm' and now you know why, soaring over the Southern Alps at daybreak is awe-inspiring and well worth the early start. We are pleased to hear that you pilot James' in-flight commentary enhanced your scenic flight too, we think he is an awesome pilot and guide, I have passed on your praise to him and he thanks you for your generous compliments. On behalf of the whole team here, thank you for choosing to fly with us and for your 5 star recommendation to future travelers, Sincerely, Mary, Guest services, Air Milford.
Written 12 October 2019
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Wonderful experience from beginning to end. Sarah in the front office was super friendly and great for organizing p
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Nothing to be nervous about.
Absolutely one of the best experiences. I’m a nervous flyer but not any more. I felt so relaxed and calm in their c
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What a way to visit / see the surrounding environment on the way to Milford sound. The flight allowed us to be able
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Just book it now!
Worth every cent. Fabulous day. Thank you. The return flight detour via Sutherland falls was a bonus
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Milford Sound fly and cruise.
We decided to treat ourselves to a trip to Milford Sound while staying in Queenstown. We chose to fly down with Air
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Fantastic Flight
An excellant way to round off the completion of the Milford Track. Flight back over the Milford Track allowed a gr
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This is a trip you will never forget
Wonderful experience. New Zealand's best scenery. Very professional company with experienced pilots, excellent safe
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Amazing trip
The flights to and from Milford were definitely the highlight of our trip. Super friendly staff and awesome pilots.
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A "must-do"
Stunning scenery and informative commentary. A must when you're in Queenstown. The Walter Peak flight, BBQ and Earn
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Just wow.
Great experience flying over the southern alps into Milford Sound. Just amazing scenery and so cool to get so close
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Spectacular for Air and Sea
This was well organised, great service, and the best pilot who made us at ease! This was the most amazing way to se
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Our flight was fantastic. Anthony our pilot, gave us a commentary of the valley's and peaks and pointed out the gl
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Memorable trip
Hank was very knowledgeable and provided us with detailed explanations of the area. The weather was great which mad
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Unforgettable Experience!
Absolutely amazing experience! We did the fly-crusie-fly into milford. Air Milford collected us from our hotel and
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Stunning
We don't normally splash out on such things, but this was an amazing experience and worth the price! Because of Cov
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