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“Special treat in a special place.”
Review of Glenorchy Air

Glenorchy Air
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$297.28*
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Milford Sound and Glaciers Fly Over Tour from Queenstown
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$346.21*
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Milford Sound Fly Cruise and Fly Experience
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$304.81*
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Milford Sound Landing and Glaciers Fly Over
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Operating out of Queenstown airport and flying across the Southern Alps on one of the most spectacular short scenic flights in the world, Glenorchy Air is a family business owned and operated by Janet and Robert Rutherford. We operate daily fixed wing flights in which everyone has window seat for unimpeded views.These include fly-cruise-fly, overflight, helicopter and coach options into and out of Milford Sound and have been doing so for 25 years. Glenorchy Air run regular flights to the Mount Cook region, to Mount Aspiring, Queenstown's local glaciers, Stewart Island, Otago's East Coast and to Fiordlands Doubtful Sound. As we worked on the "Lord of the Rings" movies we have a unique insight into movie locations with various flightseeing options and personalised tours on offer.
Noosa, Australia
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“Special treat in a special place.”
Reviewed August 19, 2012

We (2A, 2C 10/12) had a late afternoon flight from Queenstown and an early checkout. What better way to spend the day than take a spectacular flight over the Southern Alps to Milford Sound. We were collected from Queenstown and transferred to the airport where our luggage was cared for by Glenorchy Air staff while we embarked on our outing. Our Pilot, Ray, was very friendly and confident. He made sure everyone on board was comfortable and feeling good about the flight experience. We were treated to a smooth flight through absolutely stunning scenery with excellent and informative commentary from Ray. We got some amazing photos. We had previously flown in a light plane over the Swiss Alps and this flight was at least equal to that first experience. Our elder son loves to fly in light aircraft and Ray gave him the privilege of riding in the co-pilot's seat on the return journey. The cruise around Milford Sound was beautiful with friendly and informative staff. Top marks to Ray and Jacqui and the proprietors of Glenorchy Air. Highly recommended.

Visited August 2012
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glenorchyAir, Owner at Glenorchy Air, responded to this review, August 20, 2012
It is lovely for you to travel as a family. i'm sure your children will always remember this experience. You never know they may take up flying themselves on day! It is interesting that you have also flown over the Swiss Alps. Thanks for your kind comments.
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“Worth every cent!”
Reviewed August 15, 2012

I was unsure about taking a flight over to Milford Sound as it was double the price of the bus trip, but I am so glad I did! It was an amazing way to see the southern alps and the flight into Milford was absolutely stunning. The ONLY way to see this part of the country. Definitely a must do. Once in a life time experience not to be missed.

Visited August 2012
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glenorchyAir, Owner at Glenorchy Air, responded to this review, August 20, 2012
Thanks for your review. As you say, flying is the only way to see the Southern Alps. Superb scenery of mountains, lakes,glaciers and fiords.
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“A must see”
Reviewed August 14, 2012

Wanted to see Milford Sound but was not too sure about the long coach trip and my high probability of getting car sick on long windy roads. Read about the flights and thought this may be the best way to go. My husband and I usually do not spend so much on one activity but felt this was a chance of a lifetime. It was money well spent! Ray, our pilot, was excellent and any thought of jitters was quickly lost once we took off. The flight was incredibly smooth. One of the reasons we choose Glenorchy air is that we read that everyone gets a window seat. I think that is critical feature and would not want to go without having that bird's eye view. The views were incredible as we flew over and in between the snow capped peaks. The only downside? Made the Milford Sound cruise not as spectacular as I thought because of the mind blowing scenery on the flight. Still not convinced? One note: book early in your trip as weather and clouds may cause delays and change of days and times and you wouldn't want to miss it.

Visited August 2012
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glenorchyAir, Owner at Glenorchy Air, responded to this review, August 20, 2012
Ray thanks you for your kind remarks. As you say. all our flights are weather dependent so it is always best to book for the first full day you are staying here. We feel that it is vital that everyone has a large window beside their seat. We operate SCENIC flights after all!
We are delighted that you enjoyed this tour.
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Wellington, New Zealand
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“Stunning. Spectacular. Not to be missed”
Reviewed August 9, 2012

Since moving to New Zealand six years ago, I've been waiting to visit Milford. The thought of going by coach did not appeal at all, so looked to TripAdvisor for advice on flights. Well Glenorchy Air, you certainly live up to the high rating you have here!!!

Of all the travel experiences I've had, this has to be the best ever. There aren't enought words to describe the breathtaking views over the Southern Alps towards Milford Sounds. Actually I'm a bit overwhelmed by it all!! But Glenorchy Air were superb.

Mackenzie, our pilot, was so knowledgeable, pointing out mountains, blue blue lakes, glaciers, while all the time keeping us on a steady course to Milford Fjord and back. He was also a lovely Kiwi bloke!

We flew on a 4-seater plane and it was so personal. My partner and I the only passengers. Awesome.

Highly highly recommend. Definitely worth paying that bit extra!!

Special thanks to Janet who picked us up for our flight, and Robert for dropping us off!

Visited August 2012
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glenorchyAir, Owner at Glenorchy Air, responded to this review, August 20, 2012
We all thank you for your great review of our service. I hope it doesn't take you another 6 years before you return to the Southern Lakes area! We fly over a world class heritage area and we hope to give everyone who travels with us a world class experience.
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“Trip of a lifetime”
Reviewed August 1, 2012

On a recent quick trip to Queenstown I decided to take the opportunity to fly over to Milford Sound, as the thought of a long coach trip was not too enthralling.
Well I'm glad I did. It was the most amazing experience I've ever had. If you feel apprehensive of flying (like me), you have nothing to fear except the ride of your life. The care and expertise of the pilot Robert will have you at ease. We flew up so close to the mountains and the scenery will leave you enraptured, and was still buzzing even 2 hours after the flight.

Visited July 2012
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glenorchyAir, Owner at Glenorchy Air, responded to this review, August 20, 2012
Robert thanks you for your kind review. He must be the most experienced pilot in Queenstown now who flies to Milford Sound. The scenery is really amazing and we enjoy showing it to our clients. Pleased that you enjoyed it.
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