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Milford Sound Glacier Flight & Boat Cruise
Southern Alps Air offers breathtaking scenic flights over the most dramatic scenery in New Zealand, including Fiordland and Mt Aspiring National Parks and the spectacular Milford Sound.
The company has been operating in the area for 30 years and its experienced pilots know all the best spots for photo opportunities as well as ensuring a safe and comfortable ride. Plenty of window seats in the small fixed wing aircraft, means everyone gets a great view.
Milford Sound Glacier Flight and Scenic Boat Cruise
One of the most popular flights takes visitors from Wanaka to Milford Sound. The advantage of departing from Wanaka is more flying time and a route that offers amazing views of Mt Aspiring National Park and many glaciers that cannot be viewed if flying from Queenstown. The scenic 1 hour drive from Queenstown to Wanaka can be part of a circular loop allowing you different views of the stunning scenery on your return to Queenstown.
The Wanaka to Milford Sound trip begins with a 45 minute flight from Wanaka past the soaring Southern Alps and through two national parks taking in glaciers, icefalls, waterfalls, and rainforest, before flying the full length and enjoying the best views of Milford Sound.
After the flight, see the amazing scenery, cascading waterfalls and the iconic Mitre Peak from a different viewpoint, with a two-hour cruise along the Sound with guided commentary. It's also an opportunity to spot seals, dolphins, and penguins. During the cruise, guests can also relax with complimentary tea and coffee.
The return flight offers the chance to see more of the South Island's most beautiful scenery, following a different flight path including Glenorchy, Lake Wakatipu, ice, waterfalls and many other Alpine Highlights hidden amongst the Southern Alps. Lord of the Rings fans will also enjoy the chance to see a few of the locations used in the films during the two flights.
All passengers enjoy window seats and informative commentary.
Southern Alps Air also offers a number of other flights and excursions:
- Milford Sound Flyover or Brief Landing
- Siberia Experience
- Blue Pools Nature Experience
- Mount Cook & Glaciers
- Mount Aspiring & Glaciers
- Scenic Epic Grand Triangle
Please visit the Southern Alps booking page for the latest pricing and bookings. Flights operate all year round weather permitting. Advance booking is recommended.