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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.

Milford Sound New Zealand

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!

Southern Alps

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!