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20 minute Queenstown Scenic Flight
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20 minute Queenstown Scenic Flight

By Air Milford
Recommended by 100% of travellers
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Ages 0-100, max of 12 per group
Duration: 20m
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Live guide: English
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  • Live pre-flight briefing with your pilot
  • Full in-flight pilot commentary, highlighting points of interest
  • Spectacular views of the Queenstown region


Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
  • Tex Smith Lane, Frankton, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
Pickup details
  • We can do pick-up/drop-offs from central Queenstown. We do not offer complimentary pick-up/drop-off from Lake Hayes, Arrowtown, Jacks Point, Arthurs Point
Hotel pickup offered
During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included hotels.
    End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

      • Not wheelchair accessible
      • Stroller accessible
      • Near public transportation
      • Infants must sit on laps
      If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 38244P16

      • Most travellers can participate
      • Please let us know if you are over 120 kg
      • Minimum numbers required. Should the trip not reach this, an alternate excursion or date will be offered. Alternatively a full refund will be provided.
      • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
      • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
      • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travellers

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

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      • You'll return to the starting point
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      • Air Milford
        1,947
        Queenstown, New Zealand
        Joined in April 2007
      • peterhE1876JA
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Fantastic Trip to Milford Sound
        Wow! What a wonderful experience! Our flight from Queenstown to Milford Sound is undoubtedly the most spectacular flight we have ever taken. The mountain scenery was amazing and the clouds playing with the peaks looked almost unreal. The plane was a Cessna Caravan which was big enough for the job but still gave great views out the windows. Our pilot Tom was very professional. The cruise up the Sound was great and the boat was able to approach towering cliffs and waterfalls very closely. A truly beautiful place. I highly recommend this tour!
        Written 1 April 2024
      • Dreamer00058656919
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Unbelievable scenery
        The flight to Milford was out of this world! Our pilot, Tom, was great and let us know what we were seeing just outside our windows. The boat cruise was also wonderful, with an up close waterfall experience being the highlight. We only wished the flight was longer! If you only have a day in Queenstown, do this tour!
        Written 27 March 2024
      • 208edwards
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Must Do 1/2 Day Activity
        Had an amazing half day flight and cruise with Air Milford. Our pilot Anthony was excellent. Had lots of interesting information for us and pointed out the sights to see from the plane. A must do if you are in Queenstown.
        Written 27 March 2024
      • ericbT5756QN
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Fly Cruise Fly
        This is the must do thing from Queenstown. Riding in the Cessna over the mountains was amazing. If you get the opportunity, sit in the copilots seat!!
        Written 24 March 2024
      • sarahbW1305XP
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Fly Cruise Fly
        If you’re lucky enough with the weather highly recommend the flight to Milford Sound. It was amazing! Can’t beat the views. Thanks to pilot Tim for a fantastic day!
        Written 24 March 2024
      • Lyphe416
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Exceeded all expectations
        Great excursion and experience. Well run, stunning scenery, and exceeded all of our expectations. Thank you to Air Milford!
        Written 24 March 2024
      • mameagher1
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Highly recommend!
        Our pilot Emma Penney did a great job safely flying us over beautiful scenery while providing informative commentary. A definite highlight of our time in New Zealand!
        Written 23 March 2024
      • louisek431
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Phenomenal experience to see Milford Sound by plane and boat in one morning
        Phenomenal experience with a very experienced pilot! Don’t miss this opportunity if you’re in Queenstown! The flight to Milford sound was incredibly dramatic with lake views and mountain views. We also circled out over the Tasman sea and flew over Milford sound to our landing strip. From there a short ride to the boat cruise. The cruise took you up close to numerous waterfalls and scenic views. it even included the sight of some fur seals basking on the rocks. We could not have asked for a better experience. Tom our pilot was fantastic on both flights. Highly recommend this trip!
        Written 22 March 2024
      • TripKhan
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        What could we name hospitality combined with professionalism?...Air Milford, I guess.
        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 12 March 2024
      • Deanna M
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Highly professional pilot
        Fantastic experience in a 10 seater plane piloted by Hugh Sproull. He provided excellent commentary after providing a thorough safety overview. Flight from Milford Sound to Queenstown only took a short 35 minutes. We had wonderful weather which allowed us to view the sound and surrounding mountains with clarity. Personnel at the airport terminal were professional and helpful. Highly recommend this reputable company for an air transfer from Milford sound to Queenstown.
        Written 6 March 2024
      • johnpH1430YN
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Awesome Air Milford
        Air Milford were brilliant and perfectly organised with their team so very good at base, in the air and on the Sound. Couldn’t have wished for a better experience. Thanks to everyone
        Written 5 March 2024
      • U7251RDjenniferc
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Absolutely brilliant a must on your bucket list
        What a safe and professional. Tour. The pilot Anthony was a both brilliant and the most professional tour guide pilot The scenery was breathtaking The cruise in Milford Sound was astonishing and the sites absolutely beautiful. Totally recommend this tour. 5 stars and a must do
        Written 2 March 2024
      • Alan01778
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Flight was as exciting as the boat ride.
        Highlight of our 2 week vacation to New Zealand. Flight was as amazing as Milford Sound boat ride. Pilot was great. Excellent staff.
        Written 1 March 2024
      • lisacT7001RI
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        A day to remember ⭐️
        Just a huge shout out to Air Milford for the most incredible day - a real trip to remember. Our pilot Antony and the rest of the team both on the flight & cruise were absolutely fantastic. It was an absolute trip of a lifetime. The flight was magical passing over the Southern Alps and the cruise (& the picnic lunch provided) were excellent. Not at all overcrowded which we’d heard lots of the cruises are. Huge thanks to everyone at Air Milford for day we’ll never forget. Highly recommend to anyone & everyone :)
        Written 28 February 2024
      • Relax19769185980
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Aussie from across the DITCH review
        This is THE BEST tour / flight I have ever done, fantastic scenery, extremely nice people involved in all elements of Milford Sound Cruise and especially the flight back to Queenstown. Awesome experience, the Pilot "Ants" was fantastic, smooth safe flight, extremely knowledgeable on surrounding land marks and history of the area. I am so impressed with all the people involved in New Zealand tours "Southern Discovery" and the flights with Air Milford. So lucky to experience the wonder of the Glacial Lakes, Waterfalls, Valleys and Mountains that we flew over on our way to Queenstown. I would highly recommend this to ALL AUSTRALIANS and other visitor to New Zealand.
        Written 20 February 2024
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      Corrinne Pillay
      Auckland Central, New Zealand3 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Apr 2021 • Family
      Our initial booking to fly/cruise/fly to Milford Sound was cancelled due to bad weather. We only had a day in Queenstown so couldn’t reschedule, the team at Milford Air was so accomodating and managed to arrange a scenic flight for my family of 5 to celebrate my husbands birthday. We had an incredible experience and the team was so friendly and helpful. Thank you Air Milford!!!
      Written 26 April 2021
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      Hi Corrinne Thank you for taking the time to review us on TripAdvisor and being so understanding on the day about the tricky weather in Milford. We absolutely loved having you and your boys with us this week and we are so glad we managed to help you celebrate your husband's birthday. Hopefully, next time you visit Queenstown we will be able to get you to Milford Sound. On behalf of the whole team at Air Milford, thank you for choosing to fly with us, we cannot wait to host you again in the future. Sincerely, Kris Guest Services
      Written 30 April 2021
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      Beth G
      3 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Aug 2020 • Couples
      The scenic flight we did with Air Milford was definitely the highlight of our time in Queenstown. Anthony and his team were friendly and helpful right from the first time we made contact. We accompanied a group of people that were being dropped off at Walter Peak Station, and we ended up having 45mins flying time, views were spectacular !!
      Thanks Anthony and your team for a memorable experience.
      Written 29 August 2020
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      Dear Beth G, Thank you for sharing your 5 star review of Air Milford with the TripAdvisor community. We are really pleased that you enjoyed your recent Queenstown scenic flight with Antony and that were were able to provide you with the highlight of your trip to Queenstown! Antony is an awesome pilot and enthusiastic guide, he loves sharing his insider knowledge as he flies over the Wakatipu basin. On behalf of the whole team here at Air Milford thank you for choosing to fly with us and for your high recommendation to future travelers. All the best, Mary, Guest services, Air Milford. ✈️NZ🗺️🥝📷😍⚓🛩️🐬
      Written 6 September 2020
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      Beth J
      6 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Oct 2022 • Friends
      Fantastic team, very warm and friendly. Jo was extremely helpful with arranging the flight best suited for what our group was after. Antony was our very experienced pilot, who also served as an engaging, humorous and knowledgeable tour guide. Learnt many interesting points about the region, even though we had visited numerous times. Very welcoming, providing a first-rate experience; not to mention the breathtaking views. If you want to be well looked after, while also enjoying the trip of your lifetime, then I'd highly recommend flying Air Milford.
      Written 8 October 2022
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      Hi BJ913Traveller, Thanks so much for your kind review. We certainly pride ourselves on our service and knowledge, I will be sure to pass your feedback on to Jo and Antony. Antony grew up in this region so his knowledge of the area is top class. Thank you for letting other travellers know they will be looked after when they choose to fly with Air Milford. We hope to see you again next time you are choosing a Scenic Flight.
      Written 9 October 2022
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      Elishevah M
      Wellington, New Zealand6 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Jul 2021
      This was so worth it! We finished our trip to Queenstown with it & it was the highlight for us. So much fun. Helpful staff with booking and free hotel pickup. Great pilot who tailored it to what we wanted to see, even throwing in some G-Force like a rollercoaster. I would say it's a must-do.
      Written 2 July 2021
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      Hi Elishevah Thank you for taking the time to review us on TripAdvisor!. We are happy to hear you had some G-force fun on our local 20 minute Scenic Flight of Queenstown and surrounding areas and that it was the highlight of your trip. On behalf of the whole team at Air Milford, thank you for choosing to fly with us, we cannot wait to host you again in the future. Sincerely, Kris
      Written 5 July 2021
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      RoyBuensuceso
      Rotorua, New Zealand3 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Jul 2020
      This was a quick flight but the views up there were absolutely breathtaking! We didn't spend much time on the ground aside from the usual safety reminders and the briefing - which was good. We had fun seeing Queenstown from the skies - it was also full of information about the place; James was a fun pilot/guide. Although this may not be for the easily sick, the experience was well worth the few bumps and turbulence.
      Written 4 August 2020
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      Hi RoyBuensuceso Thank you for taking the time to leave a review on TripAdvisor. It is great to hear you enjoyed our Local Queenstown Scenic Flight with our pilot James. Thank you for pointing out that our pilots don't just fly the planes, they also give a full pre-flight briefing and most importantly, a safety briefing. When flying in the mountains, it is normal to get a few bumps. We have flown many nervous flyers before and ask if you are a nervous flyer, please let us know so your pilot is aware. The views do make for a great distraction. Love the obligatory post-flight photo op, always a nice touch to finish the trip by as it is a way to remember the plane you flew in 😄 On behalf of the whole team here, thank you for choosing to fly with us and all the best for your next adventures, Kind Regards Eden Guest Services Air Milford
      Written 16 August 2020
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      Ediecheeno
      11 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Sept 2020
      Had a fantastic trip! Was lucky enough to sneak out of work for an hour for a free plane ride (the plane wasn't full) Have lived in queenstown for a few years and never seen it from the air like that. It was a bumpy flight but everyone felt super safe and well looked after. Would definitely recommend if you're visiting or live here. A unique way to have a look around, our pilot Anthony gave us lots of info as we flew. I also got to sit in the front which was really cooool!
      Written 25 September 2020
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      Dear Ediecheeno, Thank you for reviewing Air Milford on TripAdvisor. We are so pleased to hear you loved joining us for our 20-minute Queenstown Scenic Flight, as you say, whether a local or visitor, there's nothing quite like getting up in the air and viewing our incredible local landscape from above aboard a scenic flight! Antony is indeed a wonderful pilot and guide, he has a wealth of knowledge about our local region and is just bursting to share it with his passengers aboard. On behalf of the whole team here, thank you for your high recommendation to future travelers! All the best, Mary, Guest services, Air Milford. ✈️NZ🗺️🥝📷😍⚓🛩️🐬
      Written 27 September 2020
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      Kim C
      3 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Aug 2020 • Couples
      Seeing Queenstown from above is just WOW!The pilot was a Top Bloke & very knowledgable with a good humor too..A scenic flight is a Must do!!Highly recommend it.Photos do not do it justice at all! One word to summarize the Air Milford experience - AMAZING!
      Written 8 August 2020
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      Dear Keycee1402, Thank you for your awesome review of Air Milford. Queenstown is such a stunning place and we are really pleased to hear that you loved exploring it from above. It's also great to know that your pilot made a great impression, kept you entertained throughout and contributed to you having an AMAZING time flying with us! On behalf of the whole team thankyou for choosing to fly with us and for your high recommendation to future travelers. All the best, Mary, Guest services, Air Milford.
      Written 29 August 2020
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      Jet51791976644
      1 contribution
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Jan 2024 • Couples
      Despite the change in plans due to weather, the scenic plane ride around Queenstown, New Zealand, turned out to be a delightful surprise. The breathtaking views of New Zealand's landscapes, paired with the skilled pilot's commentary, made it a memorable adventure. Kudos to the team for turning an unexpected change into a fantastic and unforgettable journey.
      Written 8 January 2024
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      Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are pleased that you were able to take up the change in plan and experience our 20 minute flight, as we believe that seeing Queenstown and the surrounding area from above is a must do! Kind Regards, Kate
      Written 22 January 2024
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      Gill N
      2 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Fantastic experience. The staff are excellent - Sarah, Jane, Antony and Tom - friendly, experienced and professional, and the service and flight, first class.

      We had planned to do Milford Sound flight and cruise, but poor weather at Milford cancelled the trip.

      The staff were able to offer an alternate option (no pressure to rebook) with a scenic flight to Walter Peak, lunch and farm experience at High Country and return cruise on TSS Earnslaw.

      Brilliant option - breathtaking scenery, fantastic food (even for the fussy teenagers!), and relaxing cruise back.

      We’ll definitely book with the crew at Air Milford for our next holiday. Can’t wait to return 😁
      Written 3 February 2023
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      Hi Gill, Thank you so much for your wonderful review and five stars. We really appreciate it. We feel so priveledged to have been a part of your holiday and help make some special family memories. I would have to agree with you the food at Walter Peak is very good isn't it!?! the Walter Peak Scenic Flight is a fantastic way to get a all round perspective of the beautiful lake and mighty mountains Queenstown is blessed with. We look forward to seeing you again on your next trip. On behalf of all of the team here at Air Milford, thank you for choosing to fly with us. Many thanks, Annette
      Written 12 February 2023
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      Fleur S
      Auckland, New Zealand4 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Jan 2022 • Family
      Antony was great as a pilot, talked us through everything and made sure the kids were looked after. Great sights and commentary along the way. I would highly recommended Air Milford for the Queenstown sight seeing Trip.
      Written 6 January 2022
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      Hi Scott family, Thank you for sharing your five-star review of Air Milford with the TripAdvisor community. It is excellent to hear that you enjoyed your flight with Antony and that you so highly recommend this trip! Antony is always going above and beyond, so we love to hear that you felt well looked after and that his local knowledge and in-flight commentary enhanced your experience. On behalf of the entire Air Milford team, we thank you for choosing to fly with us and wish you all the best on your next adventure. Sincerely, Sara
      Written 15 January 2022
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