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“We had a fantastic day!!!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Air Milford

Air Milford
1 Tex Smith Lane, Queenstown, New Zealand
+64 3-442 2351
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Ranked #1 of 202 Activities in Queenstown
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Owner description: 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.
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“We had a fantastic day!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2011

You guys rock!
The flight was perfec…thanks Team for the beautiful experience. This is the third time we go to Milford but this time was defenitely the best one.
The service was great, you guys have a great local knowledge!!!!

Thanks a million Air Milford,
Francisco and Lia

Visited January 2011
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“Breathtaking scenery - Queenstown and Milford Sound by air”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2011

Two teenage boys suffering a 9 hour return drive from Queenstown to Milford Sound made the prospect of a half day scenic flight the only option worth considering!

Air Milford made it so very easy. Initial enquiries were made by email and a booking then made on the company's website. Our 8am departure was confirmed the day prior since poor flying weather had meant no planes flying into Milford the 2 weeks leading up to our planned departure. How lucky were we!

We had the smallest plane in the Air Millford fleet, an intimate 5 seater aircraft with pilot Rupert capably at the controls. This was a first for my two sons and husband, and they enjoyed every minute of it, following the lake north to Glenorchy before heading over the mountains to Milford, landing some 35 mins later. The boat cruise for 1.5 hours was just the right duration, any longer and the kids would have got bored.

The 25 minute return flight was on Air Milford's largest plane, a 14 seater. The flight took in a different route back to Queenstown flying over the snow capped mountains - the scenery was truly spectacular.

Some people say the cost is fairly high, but considering the time saved, no petrol to be paid for and the cruise was also included, it was worth it.

AUD and NZD exchange rate meant the trip cost us around $1000 AUD for a family of four. This was money well worth spending, and also freed up valuable time to do other activities during our all too short stay in Queenstown.

Visited December 2010
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“Glad we chose Air Milford”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2011

We had a nervous flyer in our family and chose Air Milford as we had heard they offered one of the largest planes to Milford plus they were owner-operators. Our trip was amazing with a different route flown in and out of the Sound, both with fabulous scenery that is not to be missed. If your time or money is limited, we would highly recommend choosing this attraction as it was our highlight in Queenstown. Air Milford are true professionals and very friendly too - we felt we were in very good hands.

Visited January 2011
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2010

We had a perfect day for the fly-cruise-fly option. Even though we heard the drive to Milford was scenic, we choose this option because we wanted the incredible views, but also because we wanted to maximize our time and spending 6 hours on a bus (one way) did not seem fun. Anyway, our pilot, Matt, was terrific and the the flights were breathtaking. The cruise was good fun too (bring bug spray, the sand flies are murder before the boat gets moving). The boat we toured on was smaller than most, but that was a positive. Other than the cost of the trip, i cannot think of a negative comment.

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“A must do trip to Milford Sound”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2010

We travelled with Air Milford to Milford Sound. The staff were very nice and the pilot very informative. The organisation of this trip via internet/email was very easy, and we were collected and returned to and from our Queenstown hotel. The flight is AMAZING (we had great weather) and a must do way to see the alps and the sound itself. The boat cruise is nice and small (some of the other cruises are very large with many many passengers) and we were able to everything and take lots of wonderful photos. It is well worth the extra money to fly into the sound, rather that taking the day long coach trip. We left at 8am and were back at our hotel by 1pm, and did not feel that we missed anything that there was to see.

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