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“Alternative to our cancelled trip to Milford Sound, New Zealand.”

Milford Sound Fly - Cruise - Fly
Reviewed 20 March 2015

The people in New Zealand turned a cancelled couch trip to Milford Sound, due to avalanche threat, into the most exhilarating and scenic vista I could have experienced.
Our day trip by couch was cancelled the night before. We took the tour bus from Queensland to Te Anau anyway in case conditions changed. When we arrived the couch driver said he was going to Milford Sound, but he didn't have any available seats for us. He then calls his friend Sean and finds that he is making a supply run with his plane . We asked if we could cop-a-hop with him and he was more than accommodating.
Our driver, who was supposed to take us to the hotel, said he would take us to the airport then deliver our luggage to the hotel while we were gone.
Twenty minutes later we were airborne and flying over the most beautiful scenery I have ever experienced in my life. I helped Sean unload supplies at the airport in Milford Sound and he took us on a walking tour of the Sound. On the return we flew over Doubtful Sound.
The cost of the flight was $250.00 less than if we continued with the couch tour (which was reimbursed), by the way, the couch which was supposed to try to make it to Milford Sound had to cancel due to the avalanche threats still in effect.
When we returned Sean volunteered to take us to the hotel and gave us pointers on where to dine in the city. Our luggage was in our room and no one asked for a tip (I had to give one anyway; this was too great an experience not to show gratitude for all of their efforts).

Thank MichaelK15
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Reviewed 17 February 2015

We flew with Matt in an Air Milford plane to Milford Sound which was an awesome experience in itself! Then we had a fantastic cruise up the Sound. The boat wasn't massive like some other providers so we got a real personal experience. I loved the South African skipper giving the Wallabies (Aussie rugby team) a wind up. Definitely worth every cent!

1  Thank GandB_ontour
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Reviewed 31 January 2015

Amazing what views and what you cover when u get up in the air. Got to cover both the Milford and doubtful sounds with a really cool pilot whom made us feel at home. He really accommodated us for all our needs and allowed for some great photos whilst always making us feel safe. Have to get up in the air.

2  Thank Shaun T
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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!

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.

1  Thank Brenda K
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