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Review of Wakatipu Aero Club

Wakatipu Aero Club
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Owner description: No trip to Queenstown is complete without visiting the breathtakingly beautiful Milford Sound. Let our pilots take you on an unforgettable scenic flight-seeing adventure into the heart of the Southern Alps and around New Zealand's tallest mountain and largest glaciers.
Reviewed March 19, 2014

We booked a coach/cruise/fly combination to Milford Sound with Jucy Cruize, and the flight back from Milford Sound was handled by Air Wakatipu. We’d made the final decision to add the flight back only the afternoon before the cruise and I’m SO glad we did- it was really an amazing experience.

One of the reasons we had chosen the Jucy/Air Wakatipu combination is that Air Wakatipu guarantees each passenger a window seat, which we really wanted, especially given that the flight is the most expensive part of the trip. Before booking, I actually emailed another cruise company about which airline they used and if they guaranteed a window seat, and never heard back from them. So that alone is a good reason to choose Jucy/Air Wakatipu. But what I didn’t expect is that we would be the only passengers on the flight, AND the plane was a little 4-seater- so cool! We essentially got a private flight back from Milford Sound with pilot Flo, and I got to sit in the front. The plane first flew over Milford Sound, so we got to see it from above, and then turned and flew over/between mountains, before turning along Lake Wakatipu, with Flo explaining the landmarks along the way. The scenery was stunning, and I feel lucky that we had clear, sunny weather on this particular day.

You really, really should do this if you go to Milford Sound and the weather is good.

Thank travelerfromsj
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Reviewed March 14, 2014

No doubt we are the luckiest travellers in the world to have one of the 30 or so perfect flying days in Queenstown. We are also the luckiest as we booked with Air Wakatipu even though some of the travel companies in town tried their best to steer us towards other options. Our owner/pilot Peter was friendly, obliging and incredibly generous with his vast knowledge of the area. We did the Milford Sound flight/cruise and returned home via Doubtful Sound. 5 magical hours and highly recommended.

1  Thank Janine G
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Reviewed February 24, 2014

Our NZ tour was running late and we decided to fly to Milford Sound to 'save a day on the road'.
We chose a fly - cruise - fly trip for our family of three and this was arranged for the following day by the friendly, knowledgeable and helpful staff at Air Wakatipu.
The weather in Queenstown is very variable and unfortunately the next day was very overcast and raining. Air Wakatipu advised us in the early morning that the flight was off but gave us the option of the same time on the following day which we accepted.
On the next day the weather was in our favour and we flew into a clear blue sky with some beautiful low level cloud at our destination.
Gareth our pilot was very professional and gave fantastic commentary en route. We flew over snow-covered mountain ranges and vivid blue lakes. Everywhere, the scenery was absolutely stunning and his informative commentary covered the various locations seen as well as the geology of the area and other interesting information.
We all agreed that we could not fault the service. This was one of the best experiences one can imagine. We even received a copy of our flight in GPS format which will forever serve as a reminder of an absolutely brilliant day.
Do not miss out on this option to travel to Milford Sound. Air Wakatipu, which is located at Queenstown Airport, also do a flight to Mount Cook which I guess is equally special.
Great Company, helpful staff, well maintained aircraft, great cruise along the Sound and exceptional views all the way.
12 out of 10!!!!

Visited February 2014

Thank CambridgeKev
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Reviewed February 23, 2014

A group of 8 of us Aussies - all friends - chose Air Wakatipu Queenstown flight and boat package to visit Milford sound in February 2014. We booked the trip for the earliest available day and early morning time as this trip is weather dependent. The day arrived and we called Air wakatipu at the nominated time for confirmation - our trip was then postponed 48hrs due to too much cloud and possible rain. So 48 hrs later with weather conditions better we set off. We were split into two groups one flying with Flo and the other with Sean. At first somewhat hesitant at flying in 6 seater aircraft (for some this was a first time experience). We were soon at ease with the pilot's professionalism and then just marvelling at the amazing sights and scenery that unfolded. A very worthwhile and not to be forgotten experience and highly recommended to anyone visiting this area. Their service was professional, informative, friendly and helpful - (when one of our party lost an earring on the plane - it was returned to them by mail in Australia.) This whole trip took 4.5 hours - starting from takeoff at 8am and returning by 12.30pm which sure beat a 10-12 hour coach ride. So although a pricier way of seeing Milford sound certainly gives one the best view and a unique experience.

Thank Azeg
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Reviewed February 20, 2014

You will find the staff at Air Wakatipu very friendly, knowledgable, and professional. The aircraft are maintained in a safe condition and the pilots are experienced. I would highly recommend this company for Milford Sound and other area flights.

Thank Michael S
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