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“Definitely a "must do"”

Milford Sound Fly - Cruise - Fly
Reviewed 8 January 2015

This trip isn't cheap, but it has got to be one of the highlights of any visit to New Zealand's South Island. The trip is actually a bit "might be on, might be off" due to the weather, which can be quite bad at times. A small twin-engine plane took us to Milford - piloted by a man who really knew what he was doing - thank goodness! A very skilled pilot & very knowledgeable about the area. The cruise was breathtaking, & we were lucky enough to see dolphins closeup where the Sound enter the sea. If you can afford it, the trip does everything driving to Milford would do & more, but takes 40 minutes rather than 5 hours each way! Worth thinking about if time is short!

Date of experience: December 2014
Thank Chris S
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Reviewed 16 February 2014

The flight to Milford Sound is fantastic. Amazing scenery that I have never seen before. Our pilot, Matt, was as great a tour guide as he was a pilot. The boat ride on the Sound was breathtaking. We were able to get really close to a huge waterfall. The boat left from the dock that was only a short walk from the plane landing area. I totally recommend this activity.

Date of experience: February 2014
1  Thank Brenda K
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Reviewed 24 February 2013

Milford Sound is amazing. A must see if you are blessed by decent weather as we were. Our party of four used Southern Alps Air flying out of Wanaka (book at the tourist place in the main street). This involves an incredible scenic flight cross the alps and then a cruise of the Sound itself. It's not cheap but it's seriously fantastic. The scenery is truly amazing. New Zealand really is the most naturally beautiful place in the world. The event was very well managed and conducted. The only variable is the weather and no one can control that. If you get nice weather and you can afford it, definitely do it.

Date of experience: February 2013
5  Thank TwoSheds57
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Reviewed 21 June 2012

Milford Sound, a place Rudyard Kipling called "The Eigth Wonder of the World"

Flying to Milford Sound is a hit or miss situation. You get a call about 30 minutes before your flight time to say go or no-go for the day. Lucky for us it was a go. We were picked up and driven to the airport to board our very small plane to fly to Milford Sound.

Now the scary part is how close you are to the mountains you are... but everything is just so beautiful it becomes a second thought. Once you land you are bused to the ship that will take you on a cruise through the fiord. The mountains are tall standing up from the sea and there are beautiful waterfalls that you can almost reach out and touch. We flew back to Queenstown and the return was not so scary but just as beautiful.

This is such a memorable trip not to be missed!

Date of experience: April 2012
3  Thank 18rusty
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Reviewed 13 January 2012

On the sunniest of days, this flight over the Southern Alps and Fiordland has to be experienced to be believed! It costs a bit but well, well worth it. It IS a tiny plane; the pilot wasn't joking when he asked who wanted to co-pilot....You do experience some 'turbulence' due to the size of the plane and it's not for the faint-hearted BUT the views are amazing and I was very pleased to have done it. Enjoy the courtesy taxi back into Queenstown and have a very large glass of wine afterwards|!

Date of experience: December 2011
3  Thank MsWorldyWise
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