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Milford Sound Overhead Flight with Landing from Queenstown
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Milford Sound Overhead Flight with Landing from Queenstown

By Air Milford
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$250.97
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$250.97
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Lowest price guaranteeFree cancellation

Ages 0-99, max of 12 per group
Duration:
4h
Start time: Check availability
Ticket type:
Mobile
English


  • 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)
What's not included
  • Milford Sound Cruise
  • Food and drinks


Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • We provide our complimentary pick-up/drop-off service from all centrally located Queenstown accommodation, please update us with your details. If your accommodation is not centrally located, please let us know and we will send through parking directions.
  • 3 Tex Smith Lane, Frankton, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand Please provide us with your accommodation details and we will advise accordingly.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 38244P5

  • 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
  • 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

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

How much is Milford Sound Overhead Flight with Landing from Queenstown?
Milford Sound Overhead Flight with Landing from Queenstown price starts from $273.69. Discover and book Milford Sound Overhead Flight with Landing from Queenstown on Tripadvisor
What is the Milford Sound Overhead Flight with Landing from Queenstown cancellation policy?
Milford Sound Overhead Flight with Landing from Queenstown cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Milford Sound Overhead Flight with Landing from Queenstown on Tripadvisor
Which company provides Milford Sound Overhead Flight with Landing from Queenstown?
Milford Sound Overhead Flight with Landing from Queenstown is hosted by Air Milford. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Air Milford on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Milford Sound Overhead Flight with Landing from Queenstown on Tripadvisor
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If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 38244P5

Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    3 Tex Smith Lane
    Or, you can also get picked up
    See departure details
  • 1
    Air Milford
    Stop: 15 minutes
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    Pass by
    Coronet Peak
    Skippers Canyon
    Glenorchy-Queenstown Road
    Routeburn Track
    Fiordland National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
    Milford Sound
  • 2
    Milford Sound
    Stop: 2 hours
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    Pass by
    Bowen Falls
    Milford Sound Airport
    Sutherland Falls
    Lake Te Anau
    Greenstone and Caples Tracks
    Lake Wakatipu
    Walter Peak Station Wharf
  • 3
    Air Milford
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
  • You'll return to the starting point
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About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

Sharon B
Sharon B
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Breathtaking Milford Sound with Milford Air is a “don’t miss” experience.
This tour was extraordinary and I’m not a person who loves to fly, let alone in a small plane. Andrew, the pilot,
MorganM1223
MorganM1223
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Friendly, Professional and Responsive - For Scenic Tours or Charter Needs (from a local)
Sept 2021 I missed a flight from Queenstown to Christchurch that would connect me onto Auckland and an internationa
vickywicky87
vickywicky87
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Best exeperience in queenstown!
By far the best thing i did in queenstown. Couldn’t recommend this experience more!! The flight was so amazing, Tom
jaytnic
jaytnic
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Trip of a lifetime
An absolutely magical experience. Tom, our pilot made this is experience of a lifetime. The team worked to ensure w
Moefalasi
Moefalasi
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Spectacular Air Trip to Milford Sound
Air Milford is an outstanding and well experienced operator which maintain all safety measures that exceeded our ex
Rivendell_Dynasty
Rivendell_Dynasty
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Magical, breathtaking tour to Milford Sound by Air
Unbelievable, magical experience. Flight to and from Mllford sound was breath taking. Flying is the best it led to
BoardingPass33610
BoardingPass33610
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Well worth it, Loved it.
So glad we did this. Best part was the flight. I had read that on others reviews but was expecting the cruise to b
TMerkle
TMerkle
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Stunning
Once in a lifetime experience. The flight there and back is stunningly beautiful - words can't describe it and phot
Kiwi_acct
Kiwi_acct
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Absolutely Brilliant...A must do!
Absolutely Brilliant. We flew with Antony from Queenstown to Milford Sound over some stunning peaks. We were bles
Wamble404
Wamble404
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Best Day Ever
This is hands down the best thing to do when visiting Queenstown! the flight is jaw-droppingly beautiful and the so
909veerachais
909veerachais
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Family friendly
Well organised, friendly and fun. Experienced Pilot making the fligh memorable with spectacular views. Milford so
marinabZ3139LZ
marinabZ3139LZ
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Flying Milford.. literally
Absolutely fantastic tour, such a beautiful place to visit, highly recommend the fly / cruise / fly option. Staff
wellingtonweekender
wellingtonweekender
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AMAZING! I cannot recommend this experience enough
This was one of the best experiences of my life. We flew above the snow capped mountains to head into Milford Soun
jjsinkular
jjsinkular
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Exceptional value and scenic beauty afforded by a highly competent staff
The flight was replete with breathtaking views for a lifetime of memories. Our pilot Tommo was exceptionally compet
gracekG116IK
gracekG116IK
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Breathtaking
I had anticipated the cruise being the highlight of this adventure but it was the flights with the stunning scenery
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Bronwyn W
Auckland Central, New Zealand11 contributions
We were extremely lucky to get this awesome flight in as the weather was due to turn in the afernoon. Our pilot, Tom, was amzing, so experienced and knowledgeable about the area. He pointed out all the areas of interest and made sure that we didn't miss anything. The views and scenery are stunning and well worth cent!
We fully recommend AIR milford and encourage New Zealanders to come and support this local business. You won't be disappointed!
Written July 22, 2020
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Dear Bronwyn, Thank you for sharing your kind review of Air Milford with the TripAdvisor community. We are so pleased to hear that you had an awesome time flying with Tom to Milford Sound, it's such a stunning part of the world and exploring it from above, aboard the scenic flight and from the land on foot, really does the region justice. It is awesome to know that your pilot Tom's guiding enhanced your experience, he loves showing off the wonders of the region, pointing out it's hidden gems and telling stories about his personal Fiordland experiences. Tom sends his regards and thanks you for your wonderful feedback. On behalf of the whole team here, thank you for choosing to fly with us and for your 5 star recommendation to future travelers. All the best, Mary, Guest services, Air Milford. ✈️NZ🗺️🥝📷😍⚓🛩️🐬
Written July 24, 2020
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Sheryl M
Edmond, OK1,769 contributions
We had planned to do a fly, cruise, fly trip to Milford Sound, including a fiord cruise. However, as was the case 22 years ago when we were last in NZ, weather didn't permit the lake cruise. HOWEVER, we did get to fly to and from the Sound this time, and the views from the air were stunning. The professionalism of the flight crew was great and while we were a bit disappointed in not doing the fiord cruise, it was clear that the staff was interested primarily in keeping us safe. Still an excellent experience and one we will cherish.
Written January 1, 2020
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Dear Sheryl, Thanks for taking the time to share your flight on Trip Advisor, it means a lot because I empathise how high the anticipation would have been to finally return 22 years later and complete the full Fly/Cruise/Fly combination. However Milford Sound can have other ideas, this past year the final rain tally was 8.8m (347"). This is only just shy of the all time record of 9.2m (362") record. Obviously this directly translates into flight itinerary disruptions. Our goal is to achieve the best out of every situation, and I'm so satisfied that you have the same philosophy when it comes seeing the positives of the overflight. As they say, third time lucky, so in this situation I hope you can return to try with us one final time and we can put the full combination together! For future travellers, it looks like this disrupted weather system will continue until at least the middle of January, so having this in mind is excellent for setting the expectation. And like we suggest for all guests, ideally book on the first available day so in case of bad weather, we have alternate days to roll your booking to the next fine weather day.
Written January 5, 2020
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Cameron Eade
1 contribution
A brilliant experience, fantastic crew, and great views! I organised a surprise scenic Queenstown flight for my partner's birthday and, to my absolute delight, Air Milford upgraded us to the Milford Sound flight (big shoutout to Sara!). I had been to Milford several times before, but to see it from the air was such an amazing experience that I will remember forever! Would highly recommend.
Written February 11, 2022
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Hi Cameron, Thank you for taking the time to review your experience on TripAdvisor. We could not be happier to hear that you enjoyed your flight with Air Milford! That was such a special and thoughtful birthday surprise for your partner, and we are grateful to have been able to be a part of it. Milford is a magical place form any vantage point, but we have to agree that the views from the air are truly something else and make for some pretty unforgettable memories! On behalf of myself and the entire Air Milford team, we thank you for choosing to fly with us, and we wish you the best on your future adventures. Sincerely, Sara
Written February 19, 2022
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Dalia L
Bridgetown, Barbados15 contributions
Pilot Alex did a fantastic job and helped me cross one of the top rated falls off my bucket list (sitting in the co-pilot seat). I've done 9 of 12 top falls in the world and Sutherland Falls New Zealand didn't disappoint. Normally it takes 4 days to hike or "tramp" as they call it to the falls. Instead I did the overflight which was breathtakenly beautiful. Air Milford top notch service with special cudos to Jo who has an amazin customer service gift. Congrats to the team!
Written October 4, 2019
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Dear Dalia L, Thank you for sharing your review of Air Milford with the TripAdvisor community. It was our pleasure to host you recently and help you tick of another of your 12 top waterfalls in the world. It sounds like an enthralling bucket list, it must have taken you to some incredible locations in the world and we are really proud that our little corner of the world was involved. The Sutherland falls are super cool, they tumble 581 meters in three cascades from lake Quill, which is a high alpine lake in Fiordland National Park. As you say, one way to access it is by foot, on the 4 day Milford track, which is one on New Zealand's great walks. Or, you can join us for a 1hr scenic flight from Queenstown and get incredible birds eye views of the falls and the wider region. On behalf of the whole team, thank you for your kind feedback and all the best for finishing off your list! Sincerely, Mary, Guest services, Air Milford.
Written October 12, 2019
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CaptAus
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia4 contributions
Couples
Before leaving Australia for a few days in Queenstown we booked a Fly/Scenic Cruise/Fly flight to Milford Sound. Online booking was easy on a very good website. Email confirmations were prompt.

On the day we booked the weather was not suitable and the flight did not go ahead. We were scheduled however for the following day which was a cracker with blue sky and a scattering of light cloud. We were picked up from our hotel at the nominated time by a taxi provided by Air Milford. Reception and briefing at their operational HQ at Queenstown Airport was friendly, professional and informative.

I was impressed with the brand new 10-seater Turboprop Cessna Caravan 208. This high-wing aircraft provided excellent viewing. Its cabin was comfortable and relatively quiet for a general aviation aircraft. As an aviation and flight simulation enthusiast, I was chuffed at the opportunity to fly in the co-pilot seat on the outbound leg to Milford Sound.

The flight was visually stunning. While it was in February, there was a dusting of snow on the peaks thanks to the weather of the previous day. Our pilot, Tom, provided a knowledgeable, ongoing commentary of the major features enroute. The climb out was a little turbulent. For those not experienced in smaller aircraft flying, this is normal, especially over mountainous terrain, and not to be feared. At cruise altitude of 9000 feet (2700m) it was smooth flying.

Arrival at Milford Sound, included an amazing approach into the confines of runway 11. Our pilot accompanied us to a waiting coach which took us on a 5 minute ride to the Milford Sound Cruise Centre where we embarked on a 1.5 hour cruise, exploring the awe-inspiring majesty of the Sound and its waterfalls.

On return to dock, we were met again by our pilot for the return flight. The flight path back to Queenstown was different to the outbound leg with spectacular views of deep mountain valleys and mountain peaks with permanent coverings of snow. Our final track back to Queenstown Airport took us up Lake Wakatipu alongside The Remarkables mountain range.

This is an awesome and highly recommended scenic activity if in Queenstown. Air Milford has a 100% safety record and is to be commended for its service and professionalism. It surely beats a 9 hour return road trip to Milford Sound.
Written February 8, 2018
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Hello CaptAus, As I was your pilot on the day, I’m happy to respond to your review. Firstly, thank you for your positive and informative review. We appreciate your comprehensive summary of the experience from booking, right through to the completion of the flight. And as an aviation enthusiast, like me, it is great to hear how much you enjoyed your experience. On a personal level, I’m happy you felt your experience was handled professionally, as this is our aim for every flight. I enjoyed talking with you on the way over to Milford, and it was good to see that you recognised many of the prominent landmark features from your previous flight simulator experiences. If any of our guests have a specific requirement, we will do our best to accommodate that. I’m glad we were able to get you in the co-pilot’s seat, as someone familiar with aviation, you were able to see what was going on inside as well as outside the cockpit. With regards to the weather, we were lucky to see fresh snow on our flight. Living and working in the Southern Alps, we have to be prepared for hot and sunny one day, and snow the next. During February, which is often our hottest month, we have seen a great variance in temperatures, from snow, right through the mid 30’s (Celsius). Weather changes rapidly, making for challenging operating conditions at times. Milford and the Southern Alps speak for themselves. We are very lucky to be able to show this area to our guests, and I’m happy to hear you enjoyed your time with us. Best regards, Thomas, Air Milford Pilot.
Written March 2, 2018
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hgrayson
Auckland, New Zealand29 contributions
Great experience flying over the southern alps into Milford Sound. Just amazing scenery and so cool to get so close to the mountains. All staff were fantastic and helpful.
Written March 29, 2022
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Hi Henry, Thank you for taking the time to review Air Milford on TripAdvisor. We could not be happier to hear that you had a great experience flying over the Southern Alps and into Milford Sound! Especially for someone like yourself who has spent a great deal of time exploring in and around the region, it is great to know that you enjoyed seeing the Fiordland Region from the birds eye view! It is always great to receive positive feedback and know that the staff were helpful and enhanced the overall experience. On behalf of the Air Milford team, we thank you for your five-star review and hope to fly with you again in the future. All the best, Sara
Written May 29, 2022
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Clint Morris
2 contributions
Solo
Excellent day out. A great experience thanks to a fantastic team! (Jo and captain)

Would highly recommend.
Written July 24, 2021
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Hi Clint, Thank you for taking the time to review us on Trip Advisor. We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed seeing the wonders of Milford sound from every vantage point in our Fly/Nature Cruise/Fly excursion! We take great pride in the fact that our friendly team was able to enhance your experience to this very special place in the Fiordland National Park. On behalf of everyone here at Air Milford, thank you for flying with us, and we hope to host you again on a future adventure! Sincerely, Sara
Written August 3, 2021
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Carolyn
New Zealand3 contributions
Couples
Wow, such a great flight, we were able to trace hiking trips we had done and were inspired to do more. Tom is knowledgeable and could not have done more. Fantastic day
Written February 8, 2021
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Dear Caroline, Thank you for sharing your review of Air Milford with the TripAdvisor community. We are so pleased that you had an awesome scenic flight and that it both reminded you of past adventures, whilst inspiring you to plan future ones. Tom loves sharing his local region with his guests and has a passion for exploring the outdoors too, so we are really pleased that you had a great time flying with him. On behalf of the whole team here, thank you for your kind feedback and endorsement to future travelers. Sincerely, Mary, Guest services, Air Milford. ✈️NZ🗺️🥝📷😍⚓🛩️🐬
Written February 11, 2021
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100kaylaw
Ashburton, New Zealand18 contributions
Amazing. Friendly staff, pilot knew the area well and pointed out a lot of different views for us to look at. Beautiful views. Well worth it!
Written July 26, 2020
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Dear 100kaylaw, Thank you for reviewing your experience with Air Milford on TripAdvisor. We are so pleased to hear that you had an excellent time on your recent scenic flight and enjoyed having all of the iconic locations, viewed from above, pointed out to you. On behalf of the whole team here, thank you for choosing to fly with us and for your kind feedback. All the best, Mary, Guest services, Air Milford.
Written July 26, 2020
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Johnfrequenttraveller
Luino, Italy9 contributions
Couples
Fantastic trip. The pilot, Tony, was a fantastic guide. Explained all the sights and features to us. What a fantastic da
Written May 21, 2019
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Dear Johnfrequenttravelle, Thank you for taking the time to review Air Milford on TripAdvisor! We are really pleased to hear that your pilot Antony was able to guide you through all of the incredible sights of Milford Sound and the wider local region, showing you a fantastic time! Our Milford Sound flights traverse three major mountain ranges, the Richardsons, Humboldts and Darrans, before arriving in the stunning Milford Sound for a flight right through the fiord culminating in the landing. On behalf of the team here at Air Milford, thank you for choosing to fly with us and all the best for your future adventures! Sincerely, Mary, Guest services, Air Milford.
Written May 25, 2019
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Milford Sound Overhead Flight with Landing from Queenstown