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“New Zealand South island's paradise but don't buy gift store flower seeds to return to United States!”

Milford Sound Fly - Cruise - Fly
Reviewed December 11, 2011

We have traveled the world, Milford Sound on the south island of New Zealand is the best place. The flowers and palms this time of year look and smell wonderful! In the gift shop we purchased sixty dollars worth of package seeds approved to bring home to Florida but after clearing customs the US Agriculture took them away so save your money don't buy them.
Food is triple the price than America and even more expensive in Australia. When looking for lodging I booked with Hotels.com and we stayed a month only in rooms that had kitchenettes so we bought groceries and ate in saving considerable amounts. The water you can drink from the tap it's glacier water better than bottled. Everyone is helpful and the birds sing 24x7. It's summer now and gets light at 5am and dark at 10:30pm. Bring hiking boots because there is lots of walking. Everywhere is CLEAN CLEAN CLEAN! The beauty is like Costa Rica on steriods!

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Reviewed December 2, 2011

We had our "fly-cruise-fly" experience leaving from Queenstown using Air Milford. We had originally booked our flight with another air carrier who had cancelled two days in a row because of weather and wind at Milford Sound. With only one more day left on our trip, we awoke to a beautiful sunny day and high hopes. We found out that Air Milford was the ONLY plane flying that day because they have a larger aircraft than anyone else and can handle the winds over the mountains. We luckily got booked with them and had a phenomenal flight over the mountains and a sunny cruise in Milford Sound. Doesn't get better than that! Driving there would have taken 10 hours round trip from Queenstown, so we were very lucky that we were able to do the "fly-cruise-fly" option. Views you wouldn't believe!

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Reviewed April 7, 2011

We took a bus from Queenstown to Milford Sound and spent the night on the Mariner. While it was a very long bus ride close to 7 hours the scenery and the stops were great. The boat experience was fine and the scenery again beautiful. We boarded at 4PM and set out through the Fiords. We watched the sun set while having dinner. The stars come out and were stunning. After spending the night we watched the sun rise and it was majestic. The rooms are spartan but the nature experience was great. The naturalists were very knowledgable. We did fly back to Queensland and would recommend that.

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Reviewed October 12, 2011
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Reviewed February 26, 2011
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