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Air Milford

1 Tex Smith Lane, Queenstown, New Zealand
+64 3-442 2351
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Ranked #1 of 165 activities in Queenstown
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: Voted #1 Scenic Flight Activity in the Queenstown Region for 6 continuous months, according to Tripadvisor! Air Milford is a family owned and operated... more » Owner description: Voted #1 Scenic Flight Activity in the Queenstown Region for 6 continuous months, according to Tripadvisor! Air Milford is a family owned and operated business, specialising in personalised sightseeing excursions for visitors who want to experience the very best tours of Queenstown and the South Island of New Zealand. Air Milford purposefully remains a mid-size New Zealand tourism business. This allows the company to stay committed and focussed on offering its guests exclusive, niche sightseeing tours of the Queenstown, Fiordland and South Island regions. Air Milford is a tour company - not a transport company. The Air Milford team have an intimate knowledge of the scenic wonders of Fiordland, Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound, Mt Cook and the Queenstown region. The 'hands on' tours take in magnificent fiords, New Zealand native forests and glaciers. Guests will be introduced to New Zealand's stunning native birds, seals, penguins and dolphins. Our modern aircraft are meticulously maintained and we are proud to have achieved one of the Civil Aviation Authority's (CAA) highest audit ratings for operations and safety. « less
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Highly recommended! Magic flight with spectacular scenery. Our pilot Matt was superb and very safe! Great service including pick up from our hotel.

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Alberta, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

I had a magnificent flight from Milford Sound to Queenstown on Air Milford's Cessna Caravan. The ride was perfect and fortunately the weather complied. I would definitely take another flight from them again if I'm back in the area.

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Hank S, Front Office Manager at Air Milford, responded to this review

Gidday Hugh, Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment about your recent Milford Sound coach/cruise/fly. We are really glad you enjoyed the ride in our new Cessna, and we too would welcome your return to fly with us again. When I dropped you back into town I remember discussing your shared passion for aviation, and the... More

Sydney, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014 via mobile

What a fantastic way to see Queenstown/Milford Sound. The cruise was actually a bit of a let down after the fabulous views we had on the flight. Our pilot Matt Cameron pointed out all of the landmarks and told us he names of he lakes and mountains and even some of the laces from Lord of the Rings. I would... More

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Hank S, Front Office Manager at Air Milford, responded to this review

Dear Melinda, Thanks for your review. It’s great to have your concurrence with our current position on trip advisor. Most important of all is that your flight was an enjoyable experience. Trust me, if we could do the Milford Sound ‘over flight’ as our preferred option (as opposed to the Fly/Cruise/Fly) then we would be equally as happy! However the... More

Sanibel Island, Florida
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

This was a fabulous way to view much in a relatively short time. Our flight took us from Queenstown to Millford Sound and back. We saw many glaciers, the pilot pointed out areas where the some of the Lord of the Rings was filmed, plus other interesting facts and sites. We landed at Millford Sound where we took a boat... More

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Hank S, Front Office Manager at Air Milford, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for your review with Air Milford. We are glad you got to enjoy the many facets to the Milford Sound Fly/Cruise/Fly such as the L.O.R sites and glaciers. The transfer shuttle in Milford runs around the clock, but like all public transport it sometimes encounters disruption and the walk becomes a quicker alternate. One of our... More

Sydney
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Our family of 4 booked to go to Milford Sounds & decided to take the fly-cruise-fly package with Air Milford & Southern Discovery Cruise. This is truly an unforgettable experience. Our pilot was Megan who took us on a 6 seater plane & because we have never flown before in a small plane we were feeling rather nervous. However, Megan's... More

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Hank S, Front Office Manager at Air Milford, responded to this review

Dear Mr & Mrs L, Thank you kindly for your Trip Advisor review. Having only flown your lovely family two days ago, it is a pleasure responding to such a prompt and most thorough review! When Tripadvisor was conceived I’m sure it was their goal to give readers the power to make an informed choice on the best activity to... More

Sydney, Australia
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

After thinking we wouldn't get to do this due to the weather we were delighted to get confirmation on the second last day of our holiday. Our group of four, along with four other passengers, took the return fly/cruise to Milford Sound in perfect, crystal clear flying conditions. The plane was very comfortable with leather seating, we each had a... More

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Hank S, Front Office Manager at Air Milford, responded to this review

Dear Tanya, On behalf of Matt, and myself, I wish to thank you very much for your recent review, but also for hanging in there after two straight days of weather cancellations! A typical winter blast put hold to your original booking, but thankfully you booked early in your trip and we could roll you to the next fine day,... More

Canberra, Australia
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

We had such a great experience with the friendly staff at Air Milford. We had originally booked to stay at Milford Lodge but after we got to Te Anau the locals informed us that the road to Milford was closed. After driving another 2 hours back to Queenstown the thought of a 12 hour day trip to and from Milford... More

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Hank S, Front Office Manager at Air Milford, responded to this review

Dear Erin & Richard, On behalf of Matt and I, we wish to express our gratitude for the very efficient, and most complimentary review of your experience to Milford Sound. The heavy snowfall that is typical in July/August can make access to Milford Sound very challenging, especially by road where Avalanche danger closed it for 10 weeks in 2013. The... More

Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Terrific experience flying with Air Milford in late February! We considered driving from Queenstown to Milford Sound but the time required and road conditions were less than optimal, about nine hours round trip in spite of what the guide books say :) The flight was on schedule, comfortable and easy. The views were magnificent, we have some absolutely spectacular photos.... More

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Hank S, Front Office Manager at Air Milford, responded to this review

Dear Guests, Thanks for taking the time to review Air Milford on Tripadvisor. It is our pleasure receiving your feedback on the Fly/Encounter Nature Cruise/Fly. Your summary of this tour shows why this is arguably the best combination we offer to Milford Sound. We take pride in your recommendation, and can only hope you return to NZ to partake in... More

Queenstown, New Zealand
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Just wanted to say thanks to all of the team at air Milford. Me and my mate Bruno went on the scenic flight to Milford in a 6 seat plane, and it was easily the best experience I have had in my first year in Queenstown. Views of the montains covered in snow were amazing and the pilot was very... More

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Hank S, Front Office Manager at Air Milford, responded to this review

Hi Denny, Thanks for taking the time to review us on Trip Advisor. We’re really glad you rated the trip to Milford Sound so highly. Unfortunately the snow is late to prosper this season, but once it arrives through July/August, and we get the calm, clear flying days that are typical of that time of year, it will certainly live... More

Hong Kong, null, Hong Kong
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

We had thought about driving to Milford sound but when we heard about air Milford it sounded like the best way to do it and we are so glad we did!...well worth it, good value for money as we got transfers from the hotel, the cruise on Milford sound and lunch, our pilot pointed out interesting landmarks along the way,... More

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Hank S, Front Office Manager at Air Milford, responded to this review

Dear Karen, Thanks for posting this review so promptly after your flight! It was a privilege to fly both you & Martin – I’m sorry you had to endure our aviation talk, but I guess that is something you’re used to! Martin you will be pleased to know that I have made contact with your fellow pilot & friend Dave... More

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