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“What a fantastic experience!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Glenorchy Air

Glenorchy Air
91 McBride St | Queenstown Airport, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
+64 3-442 2207
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Owner description: Operating out of Queenstown airport and flying across the Southern alps on one of the most spectacular short scenic flights in the world, Glenorchy Air is a family business owned and operated by Janet and Robert Rutherford. We operate daily fly-cruise-fly, overflight, helicopter and coach options into and out of Milford Sound and have been doing so for 20 years. Glenorchy Air run regular flights to the Mount Cook region, to Mount Aspiring, Queenstown's local glaciers, Stewart Island, Otago's East Coast and to Fiordlands Doubtful Sound. As we worked on the "Lord of the Rings" movies we have a unique insight into movie locations with various flightseeing options and personalised tours on offer.
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“What a fantastic experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

My sister and I went on a whirlwind week-long adventure traversing both the North and South islands and the flight to Milford Sound was certainly one of the highlights. We had a spectacular day with not a cloud in the sky. Ray was our pilot and did a wonderful job pointing out sights (including those from the Lord of the Rings) and told us to look out for dolphins, seals, and penguins (all of which we saw while on the cruise!!!) It's absolutely the best way to travel from Queenstown to Milford Sound.

Visited August 2013
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Glenorchy, Front Office Manager at Glenorchy Air, responded to this review, September 15, 2013
Thank you for your review. It is great to hear that your flight to Milford Sound was a highlight of your holiday. Our pilots have a love of the area and also a great insight into The Lord of the Rings filming locations, as we flew cast and crew during the making of the movies. Our pilots try to tailor the commentary to our passengers interests. Thanks again for your review and for choosing to fly with Glenorchy Air.
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“Flight to Milford Sound”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

In June 2013 I flew with Glenorchy Air to Milford Sound on their fly - cruise - fly package. The pilots were fantastic, taking us on a spectacular flight path, pointing out the sights and making us feel so at ease. For me it was perfect as you were guaranteed a window seat on the flight (I'm a photographer!), and the pilots explained any turbulence. I couldn't have felt safer!
Milford itself was just wonderful. Truly my most treasured memory of New Zealand so far. The package ran seamlessly and we arrived in good time for the cruise, which was just spectacular with very knowledgeable guides. I would recommend this trip to anyone - it really is a must if you're on a tour of the South Island. Just fantastic.

Visited June 2013
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Glenorchy, Front Office Manager at Glenorchy Air, responded to this review, September 15, 2013
Thank you for your kind review. The Milford Sound, Fly / Cruise / Fly package is our most popular tour, it gives you a great taste of the area in around 4 hours. You are guaranteed a window seat in all of our aircraft, and as you mention, this is perfect for taking pictures! Thanks again for your review and for choosing to fly with Glenorchy Air.
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“Best Ever”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

Recently took an afternoon flight .Being quite involved in the local and national New Zealand Tourism I was very interested in under taking the flight and visiting Milford sound again by air rather than taking the scenic drive.
We were blessed with a beaut-full day,great welcome and preflight briefing by our pilot Ray which put everyone at ease.
The flight it self was amazing with Ray providing an informative commentary and providing us an opportunity to see the scenic highlights up close.
The flight matched the scenery of the Sounds and would have to be on the top of any body's bucket list both for must dos in New Zealand but also life time experiences.

Visited September 2013
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Glenorchy, Front Office Manager at Glenorchy Air, responded to this review, September 9, 2013
What a great review! As you are involved in the local tourism it will have been particularly interesting for you to see this part of New Zealand by air. We agree that a scenic flight to Milford Sound should be on everyone's bucket list, it really is a once in a lifetime experience. Thanks again for your review and for choosing to fly with Glenorchy Air.
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“Excellent Milford Sound scenic flight and wonderful pilot!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

The staff from Glenorchy Air were nice and welcoming. They even contacted my hotel to make sure they will pick me up on time. Pilot Mr Mackenzie is super nice and knowledgable and he is such a gentleman. The flight was extremely smooth and the experience of flying through the peaks of the Southern Alps was just magic and memorable. Mackenzie also showed us some hidden paradise among the peaks such as sutherland falls, glaciers and frozen lakes.
Overall such an unforgettable experience and will highly recommend anyone to fly with Glenorchy Air!

Visited August 2013
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Glenorchy, Front Office Manager at Glenorchy Air, responded to this review, September 9, 2013
Thank you for your comments. We are so pleased you had such a memorable experience. Flying to Milford Sound gives you a very different perspective than when travelling by land. You get to see many hidden gems including glaciers, frozen mountain lakes and waterfalls, most of which are hidden by the valley walls when travelling by road. Thanks again for choosing to fly with Glenorchy Air.
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“Sister Trip to Milford Sound”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

My sister and I flew Glenorchy air on our way to milford sound. We met at the queenstown airport. The staff were so friendly. Our pilot, Ray was an amazing guide to the breathtaking views of the south island mountains. The weather conditions were perfect, and the views were amazing. The flight was extremely smooth and we felt so safe the entire time. I would highly recommend this as the way to travel to milford sound, far better then the 5 hour bus ride. Thanks Glenorchy Air!

Visited August 2013
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Glenorchy, Front Office Manager at Glenorchy Air, responded to this review, September 8, 2013
Thank you for your review. I remember the day that you travelled it was a perfect winter day, blue sky and snow capped mountains, it doesn't get much better than that! Ray thanks you for your kind words. Thanks again for choosing to fly with Glenorchy Air.
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