Milford Sound Overflight

Flight Overview

If you are pushed for time and cannot take in the cruise this trip provides a spectacular overview of Milford Sound and, of course, the endless panoramic views of lakes, forested river valleys, waterfalls, jagged razor backed ridge lines and snow covered peaks along the way.

Crossing the mountains at altitude from the Mount Aspiring National Park into the Fiordland National Park viewing snow capped mountains, glaciers, glacial rivers before descending  into Milford Sound you will see close up views of Mitre Peak, glaciers and the Stirling and Lady Bowen Falls. This is an unforgettable, once in a lifetime, experience. Once you have taken in the panoramic views of the Sound will fly back to Queenstown via one of New Zealand’s tallest waterfalls - the Sutherland Falls and over more mountains to be able to look down on the valleys and the road that makes it way from Te Anau via the Homer Tunnel to Milford Sound. Due to the  weather conditions that are common in this area we sometimes have to detour from our desired flight path but we will always ensure you are safe, comfortable and get fantastic views. All seats aboard our aircraft are window seats and our pilots love to provide an interesting and informative commentary.

Milford Sound is one of thirteen fjords in the Fiordland National Park. The park covers 1.3million hectares, an area larger than the Yellowstone and Yosemite National Parks combined. Fiordland consists of plutonic-igneous rock, meaning it formed from molten magma, slowly cooled and solidified over millions of years to form a large mass of very hard granite. This mass was brought to the surface by tectonic plate action over millions of years, as the Australian plate and Pacific plate collide to raise the Southern Alps along the Alpine Fault Line. This geological history is easily spotted from the air as the rock types change dramatically along the 80km flight path from Queenstown to Milford Sound. Clinging to the sides of the valley walls of Fiordland are native trees; Mountain and Silver Beech and these forests are entirely untouched by human and teem with distinctive bird calls of Kea, Tui and Korimako. The forest floor is densely packed with New Zealand ferns and undergrowth.

We provide courtesy transport to pick you up and return you to your accommodation. We also provide free parking should you choose to drive yourself.

Departure times: 8am, 10am, 12pm, 2pm and on demand.

Trip Duration

2hr

Flight Time

1hr 05m

Pricing

Adult $399 Child $399

Flight package includes:

  • Flight from Queenstown to Milford Sound and return to Queenstown
  • Courtesy transport

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*All upgrades are additional to the base pricing above

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