Scenic Flights Queenstown, New Zealand
Flying with True South Flights offers the ultimate adventure. Whether you’re looking for a scenic flight in Queenstown or a thrilling ski adventure, our experienced and friendly team are committed to providing a seamless experience for all our guests.
We can take you on a day trip out of Queenstown to Mt Cook, fly you in to hike or ski the Tasman Glacier or fly you across to Stewart Island. Yet to see Milford Sound? We can fly you there, where you’ll jump on a cruise across the beautiful fjord and then fly back with us again. The opportunities for adventure are endless.
True South Flights is a locally owned and family operated family scenic flight business based in Queenstown, New Zealand. We employ seven experienced local pilots who are specifically trained in mountain flying. Backed by our friendly administration team of three, we’re committed to providing a seamless experience for all our guests.
Our fleet consists of five modern and comfortable aircraft, and we guarantee you a window seat on every flight. Our six-seater Piper PA32R is fitted with large leather seats and provides higher cruising speeds to all our destinations. Our three eight-seater GA8 Airvans are also fitted with executive leather interiors and large bubble windows for unsurpassed views. The pride of the fleet is our Cessna C208B Caravan; it has an impressive 14 window seats and air-conditioning for extra passenger comfort. Our fleet allows us to accommodate families or groups of friends so they can all travel as one group.
We take great pride of our unblemished safety record with civil aviation New Zealand
Our highly experienced pilots are teeming with local knowledge and eager to share their love for this beautiful part of the country. Our dedicated team are always happy to discuss your needs and either create a trip especially for you or help you to join one of our popular group tours.
We provide courtesy pick up and drop off from your Queenstown-based accommodation. If you prefer to drive yourself to our check-in office based in Frankton (next to Queenstown airport) we can provide free parking.
Our most popular tour is the Milford Sound Fly-Cruise-Fly package which departs Queenstown, crossing three snow-capped mountain ranges, stunning glaciers, spectacular waterfalls, and untouched alpine lakes. The flight to Milford Sound takes approximately 40 minutes, and when you arrive, you’ll link up with our cruise partners who operate the newest and most comfortable boat in Milford Sound, The Gem.
You’ll sail the entire fiord for approximately an hour and 45 minutes, taking in spectacular waterfalls and granite mountains descending into the ocean, all complemented by great commentary from the skipper. On return to the dock, you’ll be escorted by your pilot back to the Milford airport to board your aircraft back to Queenstown. If weather permits, we’ll take a different route on the return flight, showing you new and different parts of the untouched landscape, with our pilots providing you with an informative commentary. We also offer a Scenic Flight over Milford Sound which may suit the time-poor traveller who can’t fit in the cruise. This option has a 65-minute duration.
True South Flights is also proud to fly to Mt Cook and Franz Josef. We partner with Alpine Guides, who have 50 years' of experience in the Mt Cook area, to offer you incredible glacier hikes and heli-skiing. After your flight from Queenstown, we’ll take you by helicopter from Mt Cook or Franz Josef to hike on the Tasman or Franz Josef Glacier. Our guides can also provide heli-skiing on the Tasman Glacier or—for the more adventurous—skiing on some of the 300 local mountain trails.
We also partner with our helicopter company to provide Scenic Flights over Mt Cook, landing to view one of the spectacular glaciers in the region. Scenic flights around New Zealand are an amazing experience and we hope to see you soon!