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New Zealand’s South Island is home to some of the most incredible scenery in the world. It’s the special type of scenery that makes you gasp then sit in awestruck silence. As operators of scenic flights over Milford Sound and Mount Cook, we’re lucky enough to see these sights regularly and these priceless reactions time and time again. Our scenery never fails to disappoint—and no matter how many times you visit one of these locations, you always want to go back for another look. More than just a chance to impress your friends, relatives or Instagram followers with a photo that looks like it could adorn the front of a magazine, our Milford Sound and Mount Cook scenic flights offer a thrilling adventure with compelling commentary on the history and geography of the region, courtesy of your friendly pilot.

Milford Sound scenic flight

A scenic flight over Milford Sound is the perfect treat for yourself or a loved one, or an essential stop on your quest to see New Zealand’s ‘highlight reel’. Our one-hour scenic flight from Queenstown takes you over the Mount Aspiring National Park and into the Fiordland National Park to cruise above the picturesque Milford Sound, which is arguably even more stunning from above than it is at sea level.

Carved by glaciers millions of years ago, Milford Sound’s still and serene waters are encased by dramatic cliffs and lush rainforest. Our skilled pilots descend low enough to give you clear views of the iconic Mitre Peak, showing you exactly why it is one of New Zealand’s most photographed landmarks. You’ll also pass closely by the magnificent Stirling Falls, the largest of the two permanent waterfalls in Milford Sound, then head back to Queenstown via one of New Zealand’s tallest waterfalls—the Sutherland Falls.

Want more? You can choose to extend your flight over Mount Aspiring, the Snowball Glaciers and the Olivine Ice Plateau, or over Doubtful Sound for the ultimate Fiordland experience.

Photo by Anderson Aguirre on Unsplash​

Mount Cook scenic flight

Experience the sheer scale of New Zealand’s highest mountain by taking a scenic flight over Mount Cook. After departing from Queenstown, you’ll spend a generous two hours in the air, cruising across the Southern Alps along the main divide—which separates the East Coast from the West—and to the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park.

 We’ll take you over some spectacular glaciers including New Zealand’s largest, the Tasman Glacier, which stretches for a whopping 27 kilometres before settling in a truly beautiful lake. You’ll fly over the famous snow fields [T1] that attract hundreds of thousands of visitors over our winter months, seeing them from a perspective like no other.

There is a lot to take in on this flight—make space on your memory cards and get ready because the photo opportunities are nonstop!

Photo by Trent Kuss on Unsplash

Book your South Island scenic flight now!

Does one of our South Island scenic flight options take your fancy? We take bookings on demand, with set departure times of 8.30am or 2.30pm for our Milford Sound scenic flight. To check our availability or book your epic adventure, get in touch with us now!


Things To Do in Queenstown in Winter

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Queenstown is the ultimate all-year destination and winter promises many incredible activities and attractions that the other seasons cannot offer. Visiting Queenstown in winter? Here are just a few things to do that might tempt you…

Queenstown Mall in Snow

Snow snow snow!

Of course, Queenstown is probably best known for skiing and snowboarding in winter. Snow bunnies from all over the globe come to explore the slopes at our local fields, in particular, Coronet Peak and The Remarkables. The season normally runs from mid-June to early September. Busses up to the ski fields depart regularly from the town centre or you can drive yourself (just remember to take chains with you!).

Hot Pools

Queenstown is beautiful but it can get cold in winter - with temperatures often falling beneath freezing overnight. Some hotels and accommodation providers have their own spa pools, but we recommend warming up with a visit to the Onsen Hot Pools at Arthurs Point. With indoor and outdoor options, this is an excellent way to soothe your aching muscles after a day’s skiing or exploring!

Historic Boat Cruise

Did you know Lake Wakatipu is actually tidal? It is the third largest lake in New Zealand and its unusual “lightning bolt” shape causes the water to rise and fall every 25 minutes or so. Cruising across the lake is a year round activity and a great relaxed way to see the local surrounds. The TSS Earnslaw is a New Zealand icon – a vintage steamboat over 100 years old. Enjoy a 1.5 hour cruise or include a visit to Walter Peak Farm (BBQ lunch optional).

Queenstown Winter Festival

The 10 day festival runs every year in June and kicks off with an opening party with fireworks. The event includes an ice rink, parade, comedy gala, competitions, markets, and lots more – with something for all ages.

Get your heart pumping

Skydiving and bungy jumping are year round activities… Queenstown is the adrenalin capital of the world, after all. 

Scenic Flights

Well, we couldn’t write this article without including a scenic flight in Queenstown! This is a superb way to experience Queenstown’s alpine scenery and snow-covered mountains, and there are plenty of options to choose from. Milford Sound is by far the most popular destination – include a cruise across the world famous fiord for the full experience. Flights are weather dependent, so we recommend booking your flight for the first day you are in Queenstown in case you have to readjust to another time. 

True South Flights Awarded Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor 2014 & 2015

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We are proud to have been awarded Certificates of Excellence from Trip Advisor for the third year running. Congratulations to the team and thanks for all the kind reviews!

Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2015

Winter Special

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We've reduced the price on the Queenstown and Milford Sound Scenic Flight, down to $289 from $395 per person for the 9am departure (returning by 10:30am). Book now and make sure to mention 9AM289 in the 'additional requirements or message' field, or make an enquiry with 9AM289 in the 'message' field to take advantage of this offer!

True South Flights Chief Pilot Peter Daniell featured on Plane Crazy Down Under podcast

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True South Flights Wins Certificate of Excellence for 2013 from Trip Advisor

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True South Flights is proud to be awarded the 2013 Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor. This award signifies that we are part of the top 10% of all operators world-wide. We take great pride in our customer service, and reviews from our customers are always appreciated. Thanks!

Milford Sound Deals on Twitter!

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Follow us on facebook at  for amazing deals on flights to Milford Sound!

True South Flights introduces GPS tracks on charter flights

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After extensive beta testing, True South Flights is proud to be rolling out GPS Tracks for each charter flight. Now each passenger will have online access to a personalized digital map of their flight, free of charge. Here's an example of a typical Milford Sound flight map:

Congratulations to Roydon Wells

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Congratulations to former True South Flights pilot Roydon Wells on his new job in Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas, flying single pilot IFR in Cessna 208s for UPS!

Alex Turnbull Featured on Aviation Podcast

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Instructor Alex Turnbull was featured on two aviation podcasts this month: Hangar Flying with Steve Satre, and The Flying Podcast. Have a listen and share with anyone curious about flying at True South Flights.