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Milford Sound Overhead Flight with Landing from Queenstown

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Don’t miss out on a spectacular scenic flight with Air Milford, to Milford Sound and back. Perfect for those who have already done a cruise in Milford Sound and want to experience the spectacular region from the air and land.

This 4-hour trip includes a landing in Milford Sound with 2 hours ground to take a self-guided walk along the shore line, soak up the surroundings, take pictures or have delicious coffee and cake at the Discover Milford Cafe (at own expense) before your return scenic flight to Queenstown.

What You'll Get

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Stop At: Air Milford, 3 Tex Smith Lane, Frankton, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand

On arrival that the Air Milford base you will meet your pilot, for a full pre-flight briefing, before embarking on your 35 minuet scenic flight over the Southern Alps, to Milford Sound. The flight time to Milford Sound is 35 minuets.

Duration: 15 minutes

Pass By: Coronet Peak, Queenstown New Zealand

After takeoff, view Coronet Peak, one of New Zealand's premiere ski fields.

Pass By: Skippers Canyon, Skippers Road, Queenstown 9371, New Zealand

Fly over the Shotover river and Skippers canyon, this is where gold was discovered in the 1860's. This river became the world's 2nd highest gold bearing river in the world, next to the Klondike in Alaska.

Pass By: Glenorchy-Queenstown Road, Queenstown New Zealand

Fly over the small settlement of Glenorchy, located at the head of Lake Wakatipu. Here you enjoy wonderful views of two braided river mouths joining the lake. The two rivers are the Dart and the Rees, both glacial fed, display wonderful colors as they mix with the lake.

Pass By: Routeburn Track, Routeburn Road, Fiordland National Park New Zealand

Fly over the dense beech forest of the Routeburn and Hollyford. valleys. One of new Zealand 'great walks' traverses the Routeburn valley, its a 3-day hike through the valley and over an alpine pass into Fiordland National Park.

Pass By: Fiordland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park New Zealand

Fly over the main divide of the Southern Alps and into Fiordland National park. One of the first sights you will encounter on arrival in Fiordland National Park is Mt Tutoko, at over 8,900ft / 2,700meters it is Fiordland's highest peak. There are two main glaciers to view here, the Donne and the Age.

Pass By: Mitre Peak, Fiordland National Park New Zealand

View the highest peak in Milford Sound, Mitre Peak. It impressively rises directly out of the water of the fiord, to it's summit at 5,560ft / 1,690 meters, which is just over a mile of vertical gain!

Pass By: Milford Sound, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park 9679 New Zealand

Fly the full length of the fiord, right out to the Tasman sea where you will turn and descend, before coming into land. This part of the flight really makes you appreciate the sheer size of the towering cliffs of the fiord, which rise over a mile high in some parts!

Stop At: Milford Sound, Milford Sound, Southland Region, South Island

After landing in Milford Sound, your pilot will point out the way to the short walk along the shoreline and to the Milford Sound Cafe. Your pilot will give you a time to meet back at the airport and then you can enjoy exploring Milford at your own pace.

Spend the next two hours self-guided, exploring the shoreline of the fiord, or head to the cafe, for a coffee and snack.

Duration: 2 hours

Pass By: Bowen Falls, Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound 9679 New Zealand

From the shore, view the Bowen Falls, it is one of Milford Sound's two permanent waterfalls and at 530ft / 162 meter is it's highest.

Pass By: Milford Sound Airport, Milford Sound 9679, New Zealand

Meet your pilot back at the airport to commence your scenic flight back to Queenstown. The flight time is a further 35 minuets and traverses a different route.

Pass By: Sutherland Falls, Fiordland National Park 9679, New Zealand

After taking off in Milford Sound the flight path first takes in another view of the fiord, before tracing south, down the Arthur valley. At the head of this valley, the Sutherland Falls can be viewed, this is New Zealand's highest waterfall, falling impressively 1,900ft / 580 meters to the valley floor below.

Pass By: Lake Te Anau, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park New Zealand

The flight path then begins to track east over the Southern Alps and back towards Queenstown. New Zealand's second largest lake, lake Te Anau can be viewed stretching out to the south.

Pass By: Greenstone and Caples Tracks, Greenstone Station Road, Greenstone and Caples Conservation Area, Queenstown New Zealand

After once again crossing the main divide of the Southern Alps, taking in stunning views of small alpine lakes and jagged snow capped mountains, the route then traverses the densely forested Greenstone and Caples valleys.

Pass By: Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown New Zealand

After emerging from the Greenstone valley, fly over Lake Wakatipu. Lake Wakatipu is New Zealand's longest lake at 46 miles / 75 kms, it is also incredibly deep, up to 1,250ft / 380 meters at some points!

Queenstown is nestled on the lake's shores, so some great views of the town are enjoyed before landing.

Pass By: Walter Peak Station Wharf, Beach Bay, Walter Peak 9793, New Zealand

View the Walter Peak high country station, which is one of New Zealand's largest merino sheep farms.

Stop At: Air Milford, 3 Tex Smith Lane, Frankton, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand

View the Remarkable mountain range and Queenstown, before landing back at the Air Milford base for your drop-off back to your accommodation.

Duration: 15 minutes

Additional Information

  • 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
  • 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

4 hours

Return Details
Returns to original departure point

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