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5 Best Scenic Flights to Milford Sound from Queenstown

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Scenic Helicopter and plane flights to Milford SOund.

It’s not every day that you get to experience the awe of a UNESCO World Heritage Area, so make it extra special with a scenic flight to Milford Sound from Queenstown. Swap lengthy bus journeys to your Milford Sound cruise for a faster and more scenic fixed-wing flight over some of the remotest regions of the South Island. Alternatively, helicopter flights allow for multiple landings among mind-blowing landscapes. Check out some of your best options with this list of the best Milford Sound flights from Queenstown.

While you’re here, you might also be interested in 6 Best Cruises in Milford Sound and 5 Milford Sound Must-Dos. Plus, for more flights to consider, see the 10 Best Scenic Flights in New Zealand.

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1. Milford Sound Scenic Flights

Swap the long bus journey to your Milford Sound Cruise with a scenic flight roundtrip to Milford Sound with a cruise included. Soak up the splendour of the Fiordland National Park from above on this Scenic Flight & Cruise with Milford Sound Scenic Flights departing from Queenstown. Once you arrive in Milford Sound, capture the scenery from another perspective on a two-hour cruise along the entire length of the fiord. On the flight back to Queenstown, you’ll fly over the majestic Southern Alps for some different landscape to soak up. The tour is approximately five hours.

Milford Sound Scenic Flights

2. Air Milford

Another fantastic flight and cruise combo is available with Air Milford. The flight includes a marvel at Mitre Peak – Milford Sound’s highest mountain, Bowen Falls and Mt Pembroke before landing at the Milford Sound Airport. Here, you’ll embark on a nature cruise through the majestic Milford Sound before enjoying another scenic flight back to Queenstown. The tour includes either morning tea or an afternoon beer/wine/soft drink. You’ll also receive commentary from your pilot on the flight and from the nature guides during your cruise.  The tour is approximately four hours.

Air Milford

3. Over The Top – The Helicopter Company

For a real luxurious experience, choose Over The Top – The Helicopter Company. Their indulgent helicopter tour to Milford Sound includes landing at an alpine lake suspended above the Fiordland National Park for a gourmet picnic. Milford Sound is just one aspect of this grand tour, with several landings throughout the four-hour experience, which also includes landing on a secluded beach. You’ll also receive commentary from your pilot throughout the flight.

Over The Top - The Helicopter Company

4. Glenorchy Air

Enjoy an intimate experience on a seven-seater plane with a window seat guaranteed on this flight and cruise experience with Glenorchy Air. The flight includes seeing some of the remotest areas of New Zealand as you soar over the glaciers of the Darren Mountains and Barrier Range. Once landed in Milford Sound, you’ll be transported to your Milford Sound cruise to sail through the fiord. After your cruise, enjoy your flight back to Queenstown.

Glenorchy Air

5. The Helicopter Line

Sample truly awe-inspiring scenery on a 2-hour helicopter flight of Fiordland and Milford Sound with The Helicopter Line. Land in remote mountains and listen to the live commentary from your pilot as you fly over secluded lakes and glaciers. One of the highlights of the flight is hovering over the majestic Mitre Peak before landing in Milford Sound. What’s more, your pilot will take you via another route back to Queenstown.

The Helicopter Line

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