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Milford Sound & Big Five Glaciers Scenic Flight

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    Stop At: Air Milford, 1 Tex Smith Lane Queenstown Airport, Queenstown 9300 New Zealand

    Begin your experience with a thorough pre-flight briefing with your pilots on the sights to be encountered during the 1hr Scenic flight.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Pass By: Coronet Peak, Queenstown New Zealand

    After takeoff, view Coronet Peak, one of New Zealand's premiere ski fields.

    Pass By: Skippers Canyon, Skippers Rd, Queenstown 9371, New Zealand

    Fly over the Shotover river and Skippers canyon, this is where gold was discovered in the 1860's. This river became the world's 2nd highest gold bearing river in the world, next to the Klondike in Alaska.

    Pass By: Mount Aspiring National Park, Wanaka New Zealand

    Head North out of the Wakatipu basin and into Mt Aspiring National park, with the larger mountains and glaciers emerging as you track north.

    Pass By: Mount Aspiring New Zealand

    View Mount Aspiring, often known as the Matterhorn of the South, it sits at 10,000ft / 3,030meters and has six related glaciers, the largest being the Upper Volta Glacier.

    Pass By: Fiordland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park New Zealand

    Begin to head West, over the main divide of the Southern Alps and into Fiordland National park, before exiting Mt Aspiring National park fly down 'glacier alley' with the Olivine Ice Plateau, a unique glacial amphitheater. One of the first sights you will encounter on arrival in Fiordland National Park is Mt Tutoko, at over 8,900ft / 2,700meters it is Fiordland's highest peak. There are two main glaciers to view here the Donne and the Age.

    Pass By: Milford Sound, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park 9679 New Zealand

    Your scenic flight will then take you of an overhead of Milford Sound itself. Milford Sound is Fiordland's most northerly of 14 fiords and also it's most dramatic.

    Pass By: Mitre Peak, Fiordland National Park New Zealand

    View the highest peak in Milford Sound, Mitre Peak. It impressively rises directly out of the water of the fiord, to it's summit at 5,560ft / 1,690 meters, which is just over a mile of vertical gain!

    Pass By: Sutherland Falls, Fiordland National Park 9679, New Zealand

    After leaving Milford Sound the flight path tracks south, down the Arthur valley. At the head of this valley, the Sutherland falls can be viewed, this is New Zealand highest waterfall, falling impressively 1,900ft / 580 meters to the valley floor below.

    Pass By: Lake Te Anau, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park New Zealand

    The flight path then begins to track east over the Southern Alps and back towards Queenstown. New Zealand's second largest lake, lake Te Anau can be viewed stretching out to the south.

    Pass By: Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown New Zealand

    After once again crossing the main divide of the Southern Alps, the route traverses the beech forest filled Greenstone valley, before emerging above Lake Wakatipu. Lake Wakatipu is New Zealand's longest lake, with Queenstown nestled on it's shores.

    Pass By: Air Milford, 3 Tex Smith Ln, Frankton, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand

    View the Remarkable mountain range and Queenstown, before landing back at the Air Milford base for your drop-off back to your accommodation by approximately 9.30am.
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    Reviewed 4 weeks ago

    Just back from our flight with Antony. Unbelievable experience and views. From start to finish, we didn’t know where to look next. The benefit of being in a small 5 seater plane meant we got upclose to the mountains, fiords and glaciers. Antony’s commentary and...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank gazza26
    Airmilford, Front Office Manager at Air Milford, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

    Dear Gazza, Thank you for taking the time to review Air Milford and share your wonderful photos with the TripAdvisor community. We are overwhelmed with your AWESOME feedback of our Milford Sound & Big 5 Glaciers scenic flight, we think this one hour scenic flights...More

    Reviewed July 11, 2019

    Our original trip was cancelled due to weather and our hotel ( The Heritage ) organised our flight to Milford Sound , drop off passengers doing the cruise and we flew back to Queenstown. What an experience the scenery was amazing. The experience was unbeleivable,...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank Justkas12
    Airmilford, Front Office Manager at Air Milford, responded to this reviewResponded July 19, 2019

    Dear Justkas12, Thank you for reviewing your excursion with Air Milford on TripAdvisor. We were really pleased to have the chance of hosting you on an excursion to Milford Sound recently and fit in in, before your departure home that very same afternoon! Our Milford...More

    Reviewed April 12, 2019 via mobile

    We enjoyed the flight very much! The highlight for us was the Milford Sound portion and seeing all the lakes from above. Only reason I didn’t give it excellent was because the sight I was anticipating the most was the lake with the waterfall pouring...More

    Date of experience: April 2019
    Thank morganlstock
    Airmilford, Manager at Air Milford, responded to this reviewResponded May 9, 2019

    Dear Guest, Thanks for your recent review flying Air Milford, on a Milford Sound & Big 5 Glacier Flight. We really do appreciate the time taken to convey your experience, especially as highly qualified mountain folk since the Rockies is often referred to as our...More

    Reviewed April 10, 2019

    I had the chance to experience the Big five Glaciers and Milford Sound from the top. There's nothing I can say to describe the experience. But the view is amazing, the pilot really good, the ground staff very nice too. I definitely recommend it.More

    Date of experience: March 2019
    Thank dancostabr
    Airmilford, Guest Relations Manager at Air Milford, responded to this reviewResponded April 16, 2019

    Kia Ora dancostabr, Thank you very much for taking the time to share your thoughts with us and the TripAdvisor community about the Milford Sound and Big 5 Glacier flight that you experienced recently. As a new addition to our schedule for the summer, it...More

    Reviewed March 3, 2019

    From start to finish this was one of the best experiences we have ever had!!! A family owned business and it showed! We were treated so well, picked up and dropped off to our accommodation. Staff were friendly yet professional. Antony our pilot was polite,...More

    Date of experience: March 2019
    Thank 421jilly
    Airmilford, Guest Services at Air Milford, responded to this reviewResponded March 17, 2019

    Hi 421jilly Thank you for your amazing review! We are glad to hear you had a great time with our pilot Antony on our Big 5 Glacier & Milford Sound Scenic Flight, I'm sure he kept you well entertained with the stunning scenery in every...More

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