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Milford sound fly or heli - is the landing worth it?

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Milford sound fly or heli - is the landing worth it?

Looking at options for a day trip to Milford Sound from Queenstown.

Fly - cruise - fly vs fly-cruise-heli is a NZD$370 difference...and there are 4 of us.

Is the alpine landing or the heli experience worth the steep upcharge, especially considering we're likely to do a heli tour at Mt. Cook?

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Te Anau, New Zealand
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1. Re: Milford sound fly or heli - is the landing worth it?

Probably not; snow is pretty much the same everywhere; though the view is better from a helicopter IMO.

My recommendation would be Coach in, Fly out. The drive into Milford is spectacular.

Sydney, Australia
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2. Re: Milford sound fly or heli - is the landing worth it?

I agree with post #1 the coach will stop at all the touristy spots on the way in and drives straight back so I would take the coach in enjoy the journey and attractions along the way and fly back.

PS like Mt Cook the flights are weather dependant too.

Queenstown, New...
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3. Re: Milford sound fly or heli - is the landing worth it?

For me, a heli experience is unbeatable, so if you had the budget for it, then go for it.

Nelson-Tasman...
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4. Re: Milford sound fly or heli - is the landing worth it?

id definitely drive in and heli out. for me the drive into milford is the most spectcular part. Mirror lakes, the entrance to home tunnel, going through homer tunnet, out the other side and wow. then chasm creek. I wouldnt want to miss those.

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