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Milford Sound Scenic Flyover ex Queenstown
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Milford Sound Scenic Flyover ex Queenstown

By Glenorchy Air
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Ages 0-99, max of 28 per group
Duration: 1h 20m
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  • Child/booster seats available on request, baby earmuffs also provided
  • Departures from Queenstown Airport
  • Your knowledgeable, highly skilled local pilot will provide interesting and informative commentary
  • Given alpine flying conditions, Glenorchy Air reserves the right to alter flight paths & durations
  • Glenorchy Air reserves the right to cancel flights due to weather and safety considerations.


Start:
  • Queenstown Airport, Frankton, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
    Check-in time is 30 minutes prior to departure at our desk inside the main building. Queenstown Airport Terminal Parking A is the closest parking to our check-in and costs a maximum of $20 for the day. For the closest free on-street parking please head to Douglas Street or McBride Street.
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 20935P6

    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
    • Most travelers can participate
    • 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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 28 travelers

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

    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: 20935P6

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      I'm thrilled I chose the Fly | Cruise | Fly tour instead of taking the bus tour. It saves time and if you choose an earlier time slot, you get to the ferries before it is too busy. The views throughout the flight were amazing. The cruise was equally great and we were lucky enough to see a large pod of dolphins during the cruise. Glenorchy Air staff are very professional and super friendly. The tour was well planned from hotel pick up until the drop off at the end.
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      If you’re hesitating about flying or taking the coach - don’t!
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    M9919AAkimc
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2020 • Solo
    The Milford Sound scenic flight was one of the best experiences I've ever had. Breathtaking views over various mountain ranges and lakes, continuously being updated with locations and what we should look out for by our pilot and tour guide Liam. He told us when we might expect a few bumps due to flight winds and when they should stop (which he was spot on with) which also calmed some nerves. I organised my trip with Michaela over the phone and she couldn't have been more helpful. Despite it being a hectic time due to the recent road closure in Milford Sound she was so informative a
    nd pleasant to the point where I didn't need to ask any questions regarding the trip. I was met and looked after by a great, friendly and smiley team members from start to finish. I couldn't recommend this trip enough!!
    Written February 15, 2020
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    Thank you so much for such a wonderful review, we are a family run business and truly appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback. We absolutely love being able to share scenic flying and the Milford experience with our passengers, we are very fortunate to be able to show off the beautiful part of the world we live in. Reviews like this make it all the more rewarding, we are so pleased to hear that you had an amazing time flying with us and I will be sure to pass on your compliments to Michaela and Liam. Hope you enjoyed the rest of your trip. Best Regards The Glenorchy Air Team
    Written March 31, 2020
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    Joel M
    Waitomo Caves, New Zealand5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    May 2020 • Couples
    We had a perfect flyover day with beautiful weather. The company was accommodating and helpful with the possible fog delay, and Liam was incredibly friendly on the ground.

    Although this is labeled as a milford sound flight, it really is so much more than that. We saw a huge range of scenery from lakes, mountains, farms, rivers, waterfalls, glaciers and fiords.

    Our pilot Jackson was great with knowledge and jokes, and although not an expert in the field, seemed to know how to fly a plane!

    Was a nice touch getting to listen to the weather report and communications with other planes and ATC.

    We got a great deal which made the experience even sweeter, however I would still recommend this flight highly at full cost too.

    Thanks Glenorchy Air, Jackson and Liam!
    Written June 5, 2020
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    Hi Joel! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review, we really appreciate your feedback! It is wonderful to hear that you enjoyed your trip over Milford Sound and surrounds, and that the weather came through for you! We will be sure to pass on your compliments to your pilot Jackson and Liam as well. On behalf of the whole team thank you for choosing to fly with us! Best Regards, The Glenorchy Air Team
    Written June 6, 2020
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    Niamh
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    May 2020
    Amazing experience from start to finish to depart Queenstown to fly across the Southern Alps to visit Milford Sound with Glenorchy Air. We had a bluebird calm day and all round the scenery was spectacular with views over Skippers Canyon, Mt Earnslaw Glacier, Lake Quill and Sutherland Falls along the way and the beautiful West Coast and Lake Te Anau in the distance. Our pilot Jim was very knowledgeable and his commentary was very informative. It was a great experience and I would highly recommend that this scenic flight be on your bucket list.
    Written June 2, 2020
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    Hi there, Pleased to hear that you had an amazing time flying with us and I will be sure to pass on your compliments to Jim. Sounds like you had the perfect weather to be up in the air with us. We have been overwhelmed with the support we have received in the last couple of weeks, it is great to be back doing what we love most!! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review, it is truly appreciated. Kind Regards The Glenorchy Air Team
    Written June 6, 2020
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    Tau H
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    May 2020 • Friends
    It was one of the best things I have ever done in my entire life, money was well worth every dollar spent. Our Pilot Jim was awesome he shared everything that we needed to know about where we were flying over and what the area is used for from Gold Mining Areas, Tallest Waterfall in NZ, How to identify glaciers and how they are formed, but he explained everything you name it. I would do the same trip 3 times over and still be amazed at what I have seen I recommend doing this trip as it is worth it and you wont be disappointed at all.
    Written June 7, 2020
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    Hi Tauh2014! Thank you so much for such a wonderful review, we can't tell you how thrilled we are that you had a great flight! We absolutely love being able to share the magic of these mountain ranges with our passengers, we are very fortunate to be able to show off the beautiful part of the world we live in. Reviews like this make it all the more rewarding and we will be sure to pass on your compliments to Jim. We appreciate your recommendation! All the best, The Glenorchy Air Team
    Written June 7, 2020
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    Bob
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jun 2020
    Ruben was an informative, calm, and most importantly safe pilot that flew us around the area. At one point we were unsure if the weather would cooperate but since they have extensive knowledge of the mountains we were able to see all the points of interest by being flexible with the route.
    When you arrive, check-in is in the main building. Parking at the airport is $12 for 2 hours. I think you can have up to 6 people in one flight but we had 4 that day. For photographers, make sure your shutter speed is high enough to counter the shakiness of the plane or things will be blurred.
    Overall would highly recommend if you want to see the area from the air.
    Written June 29, 2020
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    Thank you very much for the kind words! It's always great fun finding where the good views are to be had in the alps when the weather throws us a curve ball. The view of Lake Te Anau coming back from Milford that day certainly put on a show for us! I'm thrilled you enjoyed the flight. Cheers Reuben
    Written July 4, 2020
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    Finn Peters
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    May 2020 • Friends
    With Jackson as our pilot and tour guide we took off and begun our approach towards the enormous mountain ranges and glaciers that the Queenstown/Milford region has to offer. The views and overall experience was phenomenal to say the least, with the flight path we followed taking us up close to some historic and famous landscapes from blockbuster movies. The weather was perfect, with a beautiful view of Mt Cook for the first leg of the flight. The perspective that the flight allows you to get of the sheer size of the mountains is unparalleled compared to being on the ground. Whilst flying over the coast we had the pleasure of watching a whale breach the surface which was the icing on the cake. Jackson’s commentary throughout the flight was brilliant and included some fascinating information about the history of New Zealand and the behaviour of the glaciers as the seasons change. I would fully recommend to anyone who has the opportunity to experience this tour to do so, you won’t be disappointed. :)
    Written May 26, 2020
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    Hi FGPs_Travels, Thanks so much for sharing your experience! We're so glad to hear you enjoyed flying with us, and will be sure to pass along your compliments to Jackson. Your recommendation means the world to us, thanks for choosing to fly with Glenorchy Air! All the best, The Glenorchy Air Team
    Written June 13, 2020
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    Jenica
    Wanaka, New Zealand1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    May 2020
    My partner Ed and I did the Milford Scenic Flyover with the most amazing pilot Jim last Thursday.
    It started as the foggiest day in Queenstown but turned out beautifully.
    Just want to share that the duration of our flight was handled professionally and entertainingly.
    He (Jim the pilot) was very clear about the flight instructions from the get go and he let us know what to expect - expectations were met and beyond.
    His commentaries were hilarious, no dull moment for sure.
    Smoothest flight we've ever taken in 6 seater plane.
    We were also advised beforehand if it were to get bumpy.
    My favourite part was circling around the slopes to see a 360 view.
    Landing went smooth as expected.

    Truly recommend this flight if you want to get up close and personal with the best mountains in New Zealand.

    Would book with Glenorchy Air again on a different tour in the future!

    *thumbs up* :)
    Written May 29, 2020
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    Kia ora Jenicastel, Thank you very much for the glowing review and thumbs up! We're thrilled to hear that you and Ed enjoyed your flight over Milford Sound and Queenstown! The early morning fog can certainly be a spanner in the works, but once it clears to bluebird the views are unmatched! We're so glad you enjoyed having Jim as your pilot, we will make sure to pass along your comments. Thank you for choosing to fly with us and for sharing your recommendation - it means a great deal to our little whanau! All the best, The Glenorchy Air Team
    Written June 7, 2020
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    Roberts K
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jun 2020
    We had the best time out there - a very small plane with max of 5 customers means its a very private tour. Don't take it the wrong way though - the plane is absolutely awesome. A brand new (Dec 2019) Cessna with only 170hrs on it. Comfy leather seats, awesome BOSE noise cancelling headsets made communicating real easy (compared to previous heli flights where you have to shout in mics and can't hear over the noise).
    Highly recommended!
    Written June 14, 2020
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    Hi robertsk943, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience! We're so glad to hear you enjoyed your trip in our Cessna 206! We're pretty chuffed with is ourselves, so it's great to hear she's well-received with our passengers too! As a small, family-owned business, your recommendation truly means a lot to us. Thank you for choosing to fly with us! All the best, The Glenorchy Air Team
    Written June 15, 2020
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    Meghan M
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jul 2020
    This was a belated birthday present for me and my husband. I had previously flown with Glenorchy Air in Autumn so to do a winter flight with the snow was on my bucket list. This was an amazing experience from start to finish - it's a really long flight at 80 minutes so you get awesome value for money and the variety of scenery in that time is just amazing!
    Written July 15, 2020
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    Sounds like a pretty epic Birthday present. It's always so stunning with the snow caps. My favorite thing to point out as we approach the west coast is how the composition of the mountains changes from shist to granite, and the valley walls get steeper and steeper as they do. Every valley out there has its own story to tell about the formation of this beautiful country of ours. Thanks for flying with us again! Reuben.
    Written July 19, 2020
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    Ollie
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What an awesome experience! Easy transfer and speedy check-in. Our pilot James was always pointing out our surroundings and happy to answer questions. He also took care to avoid turbulence and did a good job of keeping us out of it despite the occasional bump. The weather was beautiful and the views were incredible. Definitely worth doing
    Written February 9, 2020
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    Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review, we are a family run business and truly appreciate the feedback. We love what we do and nothing makes us happier than hearing how good the trip was for our guests! I will be sure to pass on your compliments to your pilot James as well. On behalf of the whole team thank you for choosing to fly with us! Best Regards, The Glenorchy Air Team
    Written March 30, 2020
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