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Walter Peak scenic flight & steamship cruise from Queenstown provided by Air Milford

Walter Peak scenic flight & steamship cruise from Queenstown

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AU$190.17
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2 adults
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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Updated 01/08/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 01/08/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
This option combines a 20 minute scenic flight, from Queenstown, to Walter Peak high country station, with a farm tour and a return cruise aboard the iconic TSS Earnslaw - launched in 1912 this Edwardian steamer is the southern hemisphere's only passenger carrying, coal-fired steamship. Inside, you can visit the engine room viewing the giant steam engines at work. Aboard, you will be able to view the collection of historical photos in the mini-museum, check out the bridge. If you prefer, you can kick back and enjoy a wine or beer, or some café food at the on-board Café & Bar.
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Real Journeys Visitor Centre
    Or, you can also get picked up
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  • Pass by
    Queenstown
    Arrowtown
    Coronet Peak
    Queenstown
    Skyline Queenstown
    Lake Wakatipu
  • 1
    Walter Peak
    Stop: 60 minutes
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  • 2
    TSS Earnslaw Queenstown
    Stop: 45 minutes - Admission included
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  • 3
    Real Journeys Visitor Centre
    Stop: 5 minutes - Admission included
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  • You'll end at
    Real Journeys Visitor Centre
    88 Beach Street, Queenstown 9197, New Zealand
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Important Information
Departure Point
Real Journeys Visitor Centre, 88 Beach Street, Queenstown 9197, New Zealand
Duration
2h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Live pre-flight briefing with your pilot
  • Live in-flight commentary on scenic highlights
  • Entry/Admission - TSS Earnslaw Queenstown
  • Entry/Admission - Real Journeys Visitor Centre
Exclusions
  • Lunch
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Additional Info
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Please let us know if any traveler is over 120kg
  • 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
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Emily H wrote a review 26 Jan.
Auckland, New Zealand1 contribution
We had the most amazing time the views and scenic flight was breath taking. All the staff were friendly and very accomodating with our group of 5 aging from 8 to 86. Our pilot Antony was very informative and friendly. We highly recommend
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Peter and Adyen... A wrote a review Nov. 2020
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Would highly recommend🥰 from the lovely lady at creeksyde 🏕 hoilday park who recommended the trip as well as the lady that picked 🚐us up and took us to the plane the amazing pilot🛩 who calmed a very nervous passenger and made us all feel safe in the little 4 seater plane
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Response from Airmilford, Front Office Manager at Walter Peak scenic flight & steamship cruise from Queenstown
Responded 21 Nov. 2020
Dear Peter and Adyenea, Thank you for reviewing Air Milford on TripAdvisor. We are so pleased to know that you had a brilliant time on you recent Walter Peak scenic flight & steam ship cruise - we are blown away by your kind feedback and the knowledge that it was ne of the best experiences you have ever done!! You'd be surprised at how may people are a little nervous before flying in a small plane and I'm so glad our experienced and conscientious pilot was able to calm your nerves prior to boarding, so you could sit back and enjoy the beautiful views from the plane. I couldn't agree more about the yummy gourmet BBQ lunch - it's often described as the 'best lunch in Queenstown' and enjoyed in such a pretty setting at the Walter Peak high country station and gardens. On behalf of the whole team here at Air Milford, thank you for choosing to fly with us and for your 5 star recommendation to future travelers - we would love to host you on the trip again on your return! Sincerely, Mary, Guest services, Air Milford.
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ALAN B wrote a review Sep. 2020
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A great flight with wonderful views above Queenstown, with a warm welcome and enjoying show at the Walter Peak Station. An enjoyable cruise on the TSS Earnslaw back to Queenstown, great value.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Response from Airmilford, Front Office Manager at Walter Peak scenic flight & steamship cruise from Queenstown
Responded 30 Sep. 2020
Dear Alan B, Thank you for taking the time to review your experience with us on TripAdvisor. Our Walter Peak scenic Flight & Steamship Cruise is a new trip we have recently launched and we are so pleased to receive your feedback and support of the trip. It combines a 20-minute scenic flight, landing on a grass runway at the high country station, with a farm tour, gourmet BBQ lunch and all topped off with a 45-minute cruise aboard Queenstown's iconic steamship, the TSS Earnslaw. It was our absolute pleasure to host you, on behalf of the whole team here, 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🗺️🥝📷😍⚓🛩️🐬
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Kirsty M wrote a review Aug. 2020
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A warming welcome from Jo upon arrival, after a short wait, Anthony our pilot came to greet us and run through the planned flight path with the aid of a large scale map. Due to low cloud over lake Wakatipu Anthony tailored the flight path slightly differently to make the most of
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Response from Airmilford, Front Office Manager at Walter Peak scenic flight & steamship cruise from Queenstown
Responded 6 Sep. 2020
Dear Kirsty M, Thank you for taking the time to review Air Milford on Trip Advisor. We are so pleased to hear that from start to finish you were welcomed, well looked after and had an exceptional scenic flight! We are so fortunate to be based in such a stunning region and we absolutely love showing off it's delights from above. We are sorry that cloud caused us to be unable to land at Walter Peak, thank you for your understanding of the conditions, as you say, safety has to come first. We are glad that we were able to make up for it by extending your flight experience instead. On behalf of Jo your pilot Antony and the rest of the Air Milford team, thank you for your kind words and high endorsement to future travelers. All the best, Mary, Guest services, Air Milford. ✈️NZ🗺️🥝📷😍⚓🛩️🐬
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Mead793939 wrote a review Aug. 2020
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I had an amazing time on this trip. Staff were so friendly throughout the whole trip and always made sure the group felt safe at all times. Due to weather, we weren't able to land on Walter Peak and do the farm tour/Earnslaw but instead, we were treated to an extended scenic
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Response from Airmilford, Front Office Manager at Walter Peak scenic flight & steamship cruise from Queenstown
Responded 6 Sep. 2020
Dear Reviewer, Thank you for reviewing your experience with Air Milford on TripAdvisor. We are so pleased to hear you had an amazing scenic flight with us recently and that you thoroughly enjoyed viewing Queenstown and it's surrounds from above. We are sorry that cloud caused us to be unable to land at Walter Peak, thank you for your understanding of the situation, we are glad that we were able to make up for it by extending your flight experience instead. On behalf of your pilot and the rest of the Air Milford team, thank you or your 100% recommendation to future travelers! All the best, Mary, Guest services, Air Milford.
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Amazeballs
Our pilot was awesome, very informative and friendly, I highly recommend these guys, will be definitely coming back
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Bruno T
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A flight to remember
The best part of it is the flight, but I'm partial because I fly as a hobby. The mountains around Queenstown are qu
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W5087YLianp
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Excellent
We did a trip on Friday 15th January 2021 Antony our pilot was excellent and professional the day was beautiful cle
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Travel62191160964
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Sensational!
The weather gods were very kind & we experienced a breath taking & informative flight with our very capable & compe
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Cassienicholson
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A stunning trip
We had a spectacular flight with a great pilot - stunning views. Then had the delight of a pod of dolphins followin
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stephlea2
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Sensational Experience
We had a sensational flight! Thank you so much for a very special trip seeing our incredible country so close up. W
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airmab
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Must do
Amazing flight to & from Milford. Both pilots gave great commentary and made passengers feel safe. Scenery is spe
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antonioeX1920CQ
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Beautiful day
Absolutely lovely flight and the weather was spot on. Views were breath taking. Awesome plane as well
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422manikt
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Exceptional Experience .....
Only 3 words for Antony. Genious, marvellous and intelligent. We enjoyed travelling with Air Milford very smoothly
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Avishay2021
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Magnificent experience
Good scenic flight to Milford Sound by air. Both pilots gave us two views of our flight. One flying high and one fl
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navjots2021
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Smooth and beautiful
Air milford staff is very friendly. Anthony was our pilot and he was amazing. I felt very safe and confident. Comme
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johannapaige98
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Unforgettable - a must-do
This was our first experience of Milford Sound and it was completely unforgettable. The flight there and back is th
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dl75
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Awesome experience
Absolutely amazing experience. Highly recommend. Suitable for all ages, even our 6 year old was entertained and had
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T8943NQandrewl
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Friendly service
Due to bad weather, we had our booking cancelled. Luckily we had a half-day free the following day leading to our f
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1968AndrewS
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Must-do Queenstown activity
The highlight of our Queenstown holiday was this "fly-cruise-fly" trip. Although the weather was not suitable for
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Key Details
  • Duration: 2h 30m
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Pickup offered
  • Languages Offered: English
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