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“What an experience - worth every penny!”
Review of Glenorchy Air

Glenorchy Air
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US$281.59*
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Milford Sound and Glaciers Fly Over Tour from Queenstown
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US$288.72*
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Milford Sound Landing and Glaciers Fly Over
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US$327.93*
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4-Hour Milford Sound Cruise and Fly Experience
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Glenorchy Air flies from Queenstown airport and everyone is guaranteed a window seat. We are a family business which is owned and operated by Janet and Robert Rutherford. We have been operating for 25 years. We fly fixed wing aircraft in which everyone has window seat for unimpeded views. These include fly-cruise-fly to Milford Sound, as well as overflight, and coach options into and out of Milford Sound. Glenorchy Air also runs regular flights to the Mount Cook region, to Mount Aspiring, to Queenstown's local glaciers, to Stewart Island, to Otago's East Coast and to Fiordlands Doubtful Sound. As we worked on the "Lord of the Rings" movies we have a unique insight into movie locations with various flightseeing options and personalised tours on offer.
Reviewed 2 September 2017 via mobile

No other way to see Milford Sound than with Glenorchy Air. The reassurance of a professional operation coupled with the informative pilot - thank you so much.

We discussed not flying to Milford sound (and ruled out the coach) but it was our best decision in QT to hop on the Cessna.

Highly recommend.

Thank bigham88
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Glenorchy, Marketing Manager at Glenorchy Air, responded to this reviewResponded 9 September 2017

Hi Bigham88 and thank you for your review. It's great to hear that flying with us was your best decision in Queenstown, that is a real compliment. Milford Sound really is a must see and there is truly no better way to see it other than flying over. Being a small family business allows us to be flexible and run our operation efficiently whilst also getting to know our customers. Thank you again for recommending us and hope you enjoy the rest of your time in New Zealand.

Kind regards,

The Glenorchy Air Team

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Reviewed 26 August 2017

Thank you for a great trip! Pilot Mackenzie guided us through the geography and history of New Zealand.

Thank Kristin S
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Glenorchy, Front Office Manager at Glenorchy Air, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2017

Hi Kristin

I'm very happy to hear that you enjoyed your day out with us to Mt Cook and the magnificent Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers. It's such a great way to showcase the variety in the South Islands geography. I trust the rest of your time in NZ was equally enjoyable and we wish you the best for your future travels. Hopefully we'll see you back here again.

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Reviewed 22 August 2017

Great trip, was so much easier doing it in a 4 hour window rather than 13 hours on a bus. Sights and scenery were spectacular and our pilot, Katie, was excellent.

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Thank Brett F
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Glenorchy, Marketing Manager at Glenorchy Air, responded to this reviewResponded 9 September 2017

Thanks Brett for your kind review. The flight does save you a lot of time and also offers spectacular views of mountains/ glaciers and the fiord itself as you will have noticed. The 4-hour excursion does, of course, save a lot of time allowing for you to undertake the numerous amount of fantastic activities Queenstown has to offer. Thanks again for your review and good luck on your future travels.

Kind regards,

The Glenorchy Air Team

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Reviewed 20 August 2017

This was one of the best things that we have done in Queenstown. Such a nice way to spend a morning. I thought I would be scared in such a small plane but it was the smoothest plane ride I've ever been on and the views were well worth it. Our pilot was amazing and knew so much about the area which he relayed to us throughout the flight.

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Glenorchy, Marketing Manager at Glenorchy Air, responded to this reviewResponded 8 September 2017

Thank you Am123787 for your review. Who could ask for a better morning than flying over the beautiful Milford Sound on a clear day? It sounds like that's exactly what you got and thoroughly enjoyed it. Sometimes our customer can be a little anxious due to the small size of our aircraft but as you will have noticed once airborne the views tend to distract and ease those fears. We greatley appreicate you taking the time to write a review and good luck on your future travels.

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The Glenorchy Air Team

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Reviewed 16 August 2017

Definitely an experience my friends girlfriend and i will never forget. We booked a coach - cruise - coach trip to Millford Sound, but along the way the driver mentioned a possible scenic flight back as an option. He fully explained all of the details, he dropped us off at the airport in Millford Sound. Once there, our group was delightfully greeted by Katie Edwards. Her buzzing and cheery personality excited us about the adventure we were about to take with her. We were extremely lucky and had amazingly clear weather. We took off from the airport in a very well looked after plane.
The spectacular views from the plane are imprinted in our memories from our trip. Kate was very informative about where we were located at all times, providing awesome guide information on Mountain Ranges, names and Glaciers etc.
You can definitely tell that Katie loves her job which definitely showed through her knowledge of the Mountains, conditions and skills as a pilot.

I will 100% be recommending this experience to all of my friends that will be travelling to NZ in the future. When i come back to Queenstown, i will definitely be booking another Scenic flight with Glenorchy Air again!

Thank Jason V
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Glenorchy, Marketing Manager at Glenorchy Air, responded to this reviewResponded 8 September 2017

Hi Jason, getting the coach into Milford Sound and flying out is actually an extremely popular option which many people take. As you will have noticed it allows two different perspectives, stopping along the way at all the view points and then flying above the mountains and glaciers on the way home. Katie is always extremely enthusiastic and as you mentioned, absolutely loves flying. She is extremely experienced when it comes to flying between Milford Sound and Queenstown and has gathered an extensive knowledge of the local area. We are delighted to hear you had such an amazing trip and we look forward to you returning for your next adventure.

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