My husband and I wanted to do something really special for our combined birthdays (both big ones!) and had always wondered about a scenic flight. This was without question one of the most spectacular and beautiful trips we have ever done. All the staff at Milford Sound Scenic Fligths were incredibly welcoming and helpful, and although we were a bit nervous about taking our (sometimes fidgety) 2 year old, they quickly put our minds at ease, giving us all the prep we needed on what to bring and expect. There were only 6 of us (+ pilot) on board the small Cessna, almost like having the whole plane to yourself, which was very cool. The pilot was professional and helpful, providing expert commentary throughout the flight.
The flight itself was simply breathtaking. Both my husband and I have flown all over the world in some really unique spots, but the 45 - 60 minute flight from Queenstown to Milford Sound was second to none. The views across Queenstown and the lakes, and then over the snow capped mountains was incredible, and I can't think of a better way to see the countryside. Coming into Milford Sound was something I will never forget. Even having seen photos and footage of the location before, nothing can prepare you for the majesty of the view. It must be one of the most incredible air strips in the world.
When we arrived at Milford Sound we were taken by bus to the cruise ship, where the boat was already waiting for us. On board we were invited to free tea and coffee as we settled into the trip. There was plenty of space on board and views all around. Although there was a bit of spray up up on deck most people chose to sit there; because of our son we stayed inside for most of the trip but this didn't detract from the experience at all. The boat took us on a 2 hour journey through Milford Sound and out to sea, all the while taking in the views, the waterfalls, seals and penguins - amazing! The captain gave a very thorough commentary throughout and made sure to stop for photos at all the right places (although the entire trip was 100% photogenic, so not sure where to begin with that!) Even our son (who can tire things pretty quickly!) loved every minute of this trip. I would not necessarily have thought of this as a 'families with young kids' experience, but it worked out really well for us (and tired him out too - bonus!).
The flight path back was slightly different from the outbound, and again we were treated to spell-binding views all the way. What can I say - the experience of a lifetime! We cannot recommend Milford Sound Scenic Flights highly enough, for their great attitude, professionalism, expertise and an amazing experience of a lifetime. This is a Queenstown Must Do.
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November 22, 2012
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Many thanks for your feedback on your recent trip with us. It is always great to hear our passenger’s views of our products and it is fantastic that you enjoyed your trip so much and even better that your 2 year old enjoyed it!! I have passed on your comments to our team and the staff at Mitre Peak Cruises. Thanks again!
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