Air Milford
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Air Milford is a family owned and operated business based in Queenstown, New Zealand that has a 100% safety record and has top reviews. The Air Milford team have an intimate knowledge of the scenic wonders of Fiordland, Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound, Mount Cook and the Queenstown region. We provide Scenic Flights to Milford Sound, covering:- - Milford Sound Flights - Milford Fly/Cruise/Fly - Milford Coach/Cruise/Fly - Milford Fly/Land/Fly and - Milford Track Fly Back options We also offer stunning scenic flights over Queenstown, to Doubtful Sound, Mt Cook and charters are also available. Our modern Cessna aircrafts 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 and take extra special measure to sanitize the planes between our trips. We are proud to be completely Kiwi Owner Operated and look forward to providing you with a trip you will remember for a lifetime!
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kec
Southlake, TX10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
We took an afternoon flight on Air Milford back to Queenstown after touring Milford Sound. Our flight with Air Milford was nothing short of extraordinary with scenic bird’s eye views of the mountaintops, rivers and lakes. Our pilot (Antony) was fabulous. He calmed anyone who had not flown in a Cessna Caravan turbo prop plane by explaining the plane’s capabilities. He flew a route designed to maximize the sights, while also ensuring minimum to no turbulence. He was safety oriented beginning to end, but when time permitted, explained the views as we took the short 30 to 45 minute flight back to Queenstown. I highly recommend Air Milford and Antony...it is a flight we will not soon forget and avoided a long 4+ hour drive back to town.
Written January 4, 2020
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Dear Kevin, Thank you for your sincere, detailed review of our recent flight together. It always blows me away that our guests volunteer their time to review the trip with the travelling public, it does not go unappreciated. All I can say is thank you for your kind words, the qualities you describe is exactly what I aim to achieve as the company Chief Pilot. When you scroll through our reviews, I'm really proud that my fellow pilots get similar (if not more) positive feedback, which is reassuring for our future travellers who can trust in any Air Milford Pilot to attain the same high standards that you describe. End of the day when you combine our passion for aviation, our love for our environment and this beautiful part of the world, and also the modern equipment we have the privilege to fly, it's a great recipe to please our valued guests. Kevin, again my most sincere thanks for your feedback and for choosing to fly with Air Milford. Antony
Written January 5, 2020
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Gary M
Chicago, IL14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We took a private bus mid-January 2020 and were treated to spectacular weather and a beautiful journey from Queenstown to Milford. It was one of those rare days of no-rain and sunny skies in Milford. This was my 4th trip to Queenstown and Milford and this was the best ever. For our return flight our travel agent booked us on Air Milford. It was an epic return flight. Our pilot, Antony, was a superb professional who highlighted our journey in the 5 passenger Cessna 185 with excellent commentary along the way. He traversed beautiful glaciers and valleys to allow us to see some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. We highly recommend Milford Air. Cheers to the Milford Air Family !
Written January 16, 2020
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Dear Reviewer, Thank you for taking the time to review your flight with Air Milford on TripAdvisor. For many, a visit to Milford Sound is a once in a lifetime experience, so we are blown away to hear you have been fortunate to visit Milford 4 times and that we were able to 'put the cherry on the top' with your most recent and best ever visit, to date...😊 We like to think of our Cessna 185 as the 'sports car' of the fleet, it is a small bush plane, able to land on small remote runways and even beaches! It is Hank, Air Milford's CEO and your pilot Antony's father's family pane and they absolutely love taking it flying. We are pleased to hear that your pilot Antony's enthusiasm for flying in the mountains shone through during your scenic flight from Milford Sound to Queenstown, we 100% agree with you the scenery is spectacular. On behalf of the whole team at Air Milford, thank you for your high recommendation to future travelers and all the best for your next adventures, maybe we will see you again for visit number 5! Sincerely, Mary, Guest services, Air Milford.
Written January 31, 2020
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eztravel394
India21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Family
We took the bus tour from Queenstown to Milford Sound where our tour guide informed us about options to fly back. While the scenery by road was delightful we decided to experience the view from above and also save some time.

Our family of four had a Cessna for ourselves. Our pilot Anthony was very skillful giving us a smooth ride even with all the clouds. He also gave a good commentary on the main features visible from above. Seeing the Milford sound, Mt. Christina and other glaciers from the top was certainly one of the highlights of our New Zealand visit.
Written January 3, 2020
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Dear Guest, It is my absolute pleasure to personally respond to your review, as pilot in command of your recent scenic flight from Milford Sound - Queenstown. This is one of the ultimate rewards of the job, and it makes me feel really grateful to have a small hand in shaping the outcome of travellers impression of New Zealand. Even though the 4 seater Cessna is our original (family) aircraft of the fleet, there is nothing more personal than assigning it to a family as in your case. I love sharing the experience, and I love hearing that the feeling was mutual. If you decide to return to NZ it would be my pleasure to host you again on another adventure to one of our unique destinations, such as Doubtful Sound, Stewart Island, or Mount Cook. All the best for the New Year, and thanks for taking the time to share on Trip Advisor. Sincerely, Antony
Written January 5, 2020
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allang042018
Mount Maunganui, New Zealand104 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Couples
For two well travelled retirees this was a world class experience.
Excellent aircraft (Cessna Caravan) flight offering superb views from Queenstown, over snow mountains, with interesting commentary provided by Carl ‘Tommo’ Thompson. Seamless transfer to boat cruise on Milford Sound. Prepaid lunch was ordinary but adequate, served by friendly staff.
Southern flight path back to Queenstown gave tremendous views of summer me of the great walks.
Thanks Tommo, Mary and Air Milford

Why hadn’t we done this sooner?
Written September 19, 2020
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Dear Allang042018, Thank you for sharing your glowing review of Air Milford with the TripAdvisor community. We are incredibly proud of our fleet of state-of -the-art Cessna Caravans, as you say, they are excellent aircraft for scenic flying and are high-winged, offering superb and uninterrupted views of our jaw-dropping local landscapes. Thank you for your kind feedback, we are pleased to hear you loved flying in them as much as our pilots love flying them! We are so fortunate to have the world class Fiordland National Park just on our doorstep and we love sharing the region with our guests. At the moment, with borders closed, we have been so thankful for kiwis, getting out and exploring their own back-yard with us. Like yo say, why haven't we done this earlier, has been a common reaction and it has been very rewarding to be unlocking these hidden gems for our local kiwi guests. On behalf of your interesting pilot Tommo and the rest of the Air Milford team, thank you for choosing to fly with us and for your high endorsement to future travelers. All the best, Mary, Guest services, Air Milford. ✈️NZ🗺️🥝📷😍⚓🛩️🐬
Written September 20, 2020
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Maria Teresita C
Huntly, New Zealand26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
The experience of getting on a 5- seater plane was really awesome. We paid only for a 25-minute flight on top of Queenstown, but we ended up flying over 45 minutes with a free trip to Walter's Peak Farms. I really love that it was even the CEO himself, Hank who flew us around. He was friendly and very approachable. Thanks so much for the great experience!
Written October 16, 2020
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Dear Maria Terestia C, Thank you for sharing your review of Air Milford on TripAdvisor. We are so pleased to hear that you loved your recent 20-minute Queenstown Scenic Flight and that you were stoked that we were able to offer you a complimentary upgrade! We always try our best to exceed our guest's expectations and are so happy to know that in this instance were successful. Hank is indeed an awesome pilot and friendly guide, he's been flying in our local region for over 40 years and loves showing off his backyard to his guests aboard. On behalf of CEO Hank and the Air Milford team, thank you for choosing to fly with us and all the best for your future adventures! Sincerely, Mary, Guest services, Air Milford. ✈️NZ🗺️🥝📷😍⚓🛩️🐬
Written October 18, 2020
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Michelle Rigby
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Couples
We went on the 1st July 2020. This was a special trip for our 25th Wedding Anniversary. We couldn’t have asked for a better day. The Team at Air Milford were fantastic and we couldn’t of been better looked after. The views were beautiful and stunning. Thomas the pilot was very knowledgeable, the cruise team should also be mentioned for their knowledgeable commentary and their professionalism. It was a great time to see Milford without all the crowds. Thank you Team Air Milford for a perfect day right from the booking to final drop off at our hotel. New Zealand residents you need to get down there now there is no better time than the present. We will be recommending this to all our friends.
Written July 3, 2020
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Dear Michelle, Thank you for sharing your review of Air Milford with the TripAdvisor community. We are very pleased to hear that you enjoyed a fantastic day out to Milford Sound celebrating such a special day - 25 years wow! We wholeheartedly agree with you, the views experienced during our Milford Sound Fly/Nature Cruise/Fly trip are out of this world, aboard the two 40 minuet scenic flights you get to view locations which are entirely unaccessible by road and then, aboard the cruise, you get to be up close and personal to the towering cliffs and thundering waterfalls - maybe even get a glacial facial! On behalf our fabulous pilot Tom, the Milford Sound boat crew and the rest of the team, thank you for choosing to fly with us and for your high reccomendation to your friends and wider community. All the best, Mary, Guest services, Air Milford.
Written July 11, 2020
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Morgan M
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
Sept 2021 I missed a flight from Queenstown to Christchurch that would connect me onto Auckland and an international flight to Canada for a family funeral. This route was my last opportunity to make it overseas in time as flights NZtoCanada were only operating on a limited basis at that time during Covid travel restrictions.

We arrived at Air Milford in a right frenzy and asked if there was any chance they could help me make it to Christchurch for that crucial connection which I had only just over an hour to meet. Ants sprung into action immediately prepping his aircraft while the team in the office worked quickly to organize permissions and even secured priority access from the landing point to the Air NZ aircraft I was meeting. They didn't ask questions, they just made it happen safely, securely and quickly.

Regardless of the circumstances, the flight was enjoyable overlooking the dams and mountain views along the way. In the air on the way to Christchurch I explained to Ants my reason for the short notice charter. He is a very kind and very talented pilot, gave insights onto the points of interest along the way.

The entire team acted in a very prompt, professional and organized manner. I can thoroughly recommend this family business for your charter or tour experience needs.

Morgan, Wanaka
Written September 7, 2022
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Hi Morgan, Thank you so so much for your kind review. Covid and lockdowns definitely put spanners in the works for many well made travel plans. I've passed your feedback directly on to Ants. We aim to please whenever we can and I'm so glad that we were able to get you to where you needed to be on this occasion. Many thanks, Annette
Written September 19, 2022
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TripKhan
Cascais, Portugal50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Back in October, our family flew with AirMilford on the return from Milford Sound, as part of a day tour to that location, in Fiordland National Park.

Our pilot was Antony Sproull, a member of the family that owns and operates AirMilford.

Being an airline captain, myself, I could not but notice Antony’s extreme professionalism and competence, two essential traits for any pilot to which he also added the traditional good spirit and welcoming stance we systematically observed throughout our 1-month stay in New Zealand.

Our oldest, took the right front seat and Antony made a point of adding detailed commentaries about the technical aspects of the flight for my son’s benefit, while also managing to do the traditional intercom narration covering ground features and relevant stories about the places we flew over.

Arriving in Queenstown, I was again very impressed how AirMilford facilities were top notch and very well kept, while all the planes in the fleet that were present seemed in immaculate condition.

All in all, this was a very impressive and enjoyable experience, and I can only but wholeheartedly recommend AirMilford for your air travel needs in the region.

Keep up the good work and...Safe flights!
Written March 12, 2024
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Hi, Although your visit was in October last year the clear recount of the adventure hopefully means that it left memories that will last a life time! Thank you for taking the time to share your review and special mention to our pilot Antony. There is no better way to finish off a day trip to Milford Sound than flying out by air, to give you an understanding of the scale and beauty this remote location! Thanks again for sharing your detailed recount of your trip and recommendation. Kind Regards, Kate
Written March 25, 2024
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Rosy J
Auckland, New Zealand5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Couples
My partner and I did a 20 min scenic flight over Queenstown and the montain range but also Arrowtown. The scenery was incredible.
The staff was really welcoming and friendly. The pilot Hank was super friendly and I really like the little talk before the flight explaining and showing where we were going to fly. He was really calm and experienced pilot which makes you super comfortable is you are not use to flight in small plane.
I really enjoyed the experience. Thank you.
Written July 27, 2020
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Dear Rosy J, Thank you for taking the time to review your scenic flight with Air Milford on TripAdvisor. We are so pleased that you had an excellent time flying with Hank recently and that his pre-flight briefing enhanced your trip. Hank is indeed an experienced pilot, we are glad his calm nature made you feel comfortable, he has been flying in the region for over 40 years and loves showing off his backyard from above. Your pilot (and our CEO) Hank sends his regards and asked me to thank you for choosing to fly with Air Milford, on behalf of the whole team here all the best for you future adventures! Sincerely, Mary, Air Milford, Guest services.
Written July 30, 2020
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Jill
Paihia, New Zealand5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
This afternoon we had the opportunity to fly up the Shotover River, over Lochnagar, then landed at the Branches Station for afternoon tea. Our pilot, Ant, was knowledgeable on the area pointing out places of interest. An amazing afternoon. We highly recommend flying with Air Milford.
Written October 10, 2020
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Dear Jill, Thank you for reviewing your excursion with Air Milford on TripAdvisor. We are so pleased that you had and amazing afternoon visiting the Branches Station. Antony is an awesome pilot and energetic guide, he thrives on sharing his enthusiasm and knowledge about our local region with his guests, we are so happy to know his in-flight commentary enhanced your enjoyment of the trip. On behalf of the whole team here, thank you for choosing to fly with us and for your high recommendation to future travelers! Sincerely, Mary, Guest services, Air Milford. ✈️NZ🗺️🥝📷😍⚓🛩️🐬
Written October 11, 2020
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