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Queenstown, New Zealand
Milford Sound Overhead Flight with Landing from Queenstown
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Safety measures
icon4 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Milford Sound is one of New Zealand’s most impressive natural wonders, but the fjord’s remote location is around four hours by road from Queenstown. Instead, maximize your time on this tour by plane; enjoy spectacular aerial views of Skippers Canyon, Sutherland Falls, and the Fiordland National Park; and touch down to experience the fjord up close.
  • Milford Sound flight from Queenstown
  • Enjoy round-trip flights from Queenstown to Milford Sound
  • Admire spectacular aerial views of the Fiordland National Park and Sutherland falls
  • Spend ample time exploring the UNESCO-listed Milford Sound
  • Live on-board commentary ensures you don’t miss anything
  • Choice of departure times throughout the day
  • Great-value tour includes hotel pickup and drop-off
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Full pre-flight briefing with Air Milford pilot
Live pilot commentary on board
2 hours on the ground in Milford Sound for self-guided walk
Hotel pickup and drop-off (centrally located hotels)
Milford Sound Cruise
Food and drinks

Departure Point

3 Tex Smith Lane, Frankton, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand

Departure Time

9:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Your aerial adventure begins with pick-up from your central Queenstown hotel and a short transfer to the airport. After meeting your pilot and receiving a safety briefing, jump aboard your fixed wing aircraft and take off over the city.

Listen to your pilot’s onboard commentary as you soar over the Paradise region, made famous in films such as 'Lord of the Rings' and 'The Hobbit,' then fly above the vast Skippers Canyon and the glittering Donne glacier. After your flight, enjoy spectacular aerial views of Milford Sound as you come onto land at the edge of the fjord.

You’ll have free time on the ground to admire views of Milford Sound, take photos, or enjoy coffee and cake (own expense) at the Discover Milford Café, before heading back to the airfield.

On the return flight, enjoy an alternative route, passing over the Fiordland National Park and taking in dramatic views of the 1,904-foot (580-meter) high Sutherland Falls.

Back in Queenstown, a driver will be waiting to take you back to your hotel.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Air Milford
On arrival that the Air Milford base you will meet your pilot, for a full pre-flight briefing, before embarking on your 35 minuet scenic flight over the Southern Alps, to Milford Sound. The flight time to Milford Sound is 35 minuets.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Coronet Peak
After takeoff, view Coronet Peak, one of New Zealand's premiere ski fields.
Pass By:  
Skippers Canyon
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:  
Glenorchy-Queenstown Road
Fly over the small settlement of Glenorchy, located at the head of Lake Wakatipu. Here you enjoy wonderful views of two braided river mouths joining the lake. The two rivers are the Dart and the Rees, both glacial fed, display wonderful colors as they mix with the lake.
Pass By:  
Routeburn Track
Fly over the dense beech forest of the Routeburn and Hollyford. valleys. One of new Zealand 'great walks' traverses the Routeburn valley, its a 3-day hike through the valley and over an alpine pass into Fiordland National Park.
Pass By:  
Fiordland National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
Fly over the main divide of the Southern Alps and into Fiordland National park. 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:  
Mitre Peak
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:  
Milford Sound
Fly the full length of the fiord, right out to the Tasman sea where you will turn and descend, before coming into land. This part of the flight really makes you appreciate the sheer size of the towering cliffs of the fiord, which rise over a mile high in some parts!
Stop At:  
Milford Sound
After landing in Milford Sound, your pilot will point out the way to the short walk along the shoreline and to the Milford Sound Cafe. Your pilot will give you a time to meet back at the airport and then you can enjoy exploring Milford at your own pace. Spend the next two hours self-guided, exploring the shoreline of the fiord, or head to the cafe, for a coffee and snack.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Bowen Falls
From the shore, view the Bowen Falls, it is one of Milford Sound's two permanent waterfalls and at 530ft / 162 meter is it's highest.
Pass By:  
Milford Sound Airport
Meet your pilot back at the airport to commence your scenic flight back to Queenstown. The flight time is a further 35 minuets and traverses a different route.
Pass By:  
Sutherland Falls
After taking off in Milford Sound the flight path first takes in another view of the fiord, before tracing south, down the Arthur valley. At the head of this valley, the Sutherland Falls can be viewed, this is New Zealand's highest waterfall, falling impressively 1,900ft / 580 meters to the valley floor below.
Pass By:  
Lake Te Anau
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:  
Greenstone and Caples Tracks
After once again crossing the main divide of the Southern Alps, taking in stunning views of small alpine lakes and jagged snow capped mountains, the route then traverses the densely forested Greenstone and Caples valleys.
Pass By:  
Lake Wakatipu
After emerging from the Greenstone valley, fly over Lake Wakatipu. Lake Wakatipu is New Zealand's longest lake at 46 miles / 75 kms, it is also incredibly deep, up to 1,250ft / 380 meters at some points! Queenstown is nestled on the lake's shores, so some great views of the town are enjoyed before landing.
Pass By:  
Walter Peak Station Wharf
View the Walter Peak high country station, which is one of New Zealand's largest merino sheep farms.
Stop At:  
Air Milford
View the Remarkable mountain range and Queenstown, before landing back at the Air Milford base for your drop-off back to your accommodation.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Subject to favorable weather conditions. If cancelled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund
  • Do not forget to bring a jacket and your camera
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Infant rates apply for 0 - 1 years of age, when the infant is sat on a parents lap, with an infant lap belt
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Air Milford

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Milford Sound Overhead Flight with Landing from Queenstown?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Milford Sound Overhead Flight with Landing from Queenstown.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Milford Sound Overhead Flight with Landing from Queenstown?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Milford Sound Overhead Flight with Landing from Queenstown.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Milford Sound Overhead Flight with Landing from Queenstown?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Milford Sound Overhead Flight with Landing from Queenstown.

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Awesome from the air!
Nancy_B
, Mar 2020
This felt extravagant during the planning but I’m here to tell you it is worth the money. Do it when you first arrive as weather is a big issue. We were able to fly in as scheduled but a front moved in quickly and we had to skip our cruise which was sad but better safe than sorry. So wonderful from the air. A great 1/2 day!
icon Response from Host , May 2020
Dear Nancy_B, Thank you for your review of Air Milford on Viator. We are so pleased to hear that you had an awesome time visiting Milford Sound with us! As you have experienced, the weather plays a huge part in our operations and we wholeheartedly support your recommendation to future travelers, of booking in to fly with us on your first available day, so that should poor weather intervene, you have maximum flexibility to switch your booking to a fine weather day. On behalf of the whole team here, thank you for choosing to fly with us and all the best for your future travels! Sincerely, Mary, Guest services, Air Milford.
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