Milford Sound Scenic Flights From Queenstown
Take a stunning Scenic Flight to Milford Sound from Queenstown, with our Fly-Cruise-Fly package including a 1.5-hour Cruise or if you are short on time we can offer you a 1 hr 15 min Milford Scenic Flight that will take in all the same beauty
Summer departure times: 8am, 10am, 12pm and 2pm. (October 1st to April 30th)
Winter departure times: 10:00am, 12:00pm (May 1st to September 31st)
Due to the border closures and decreased demand, we are only taking bookings for the 12pm departure through the winter and summer. Please contact us if that does not work for you and we may be able to arrange a 10am departure.
Milford Sound is one of thirteen fiords in the Fiordland National Park. The park covers 1.3 million 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.
The result is a large area of very tough rock which does not erode from rainfall. Fiordland's valleys and sounds were all carved by glaciers over several ice ages, the last of which started 100,000 years ago and finished 15,000 years ago. Throughout that time, the ice of the glaciers ran about halfway up the mile-high valley walls of Fiordland, scouring steep U-shaped valleys out of the solid granite. Today the cliff faces provide pathways for some of the largest waterfalls in the southern hemisphere.
This geological history is easily spotted from the air, as the rock types change dramatically along the 80km flight path from Queenstown, across the Alpine Fault Line into Milford Sound.
Clinging to the sides of the valley walls of Fiordland are native trees: Mountain Beech and Silver Beech. Practically inaccessible, these forests are entirely untouched by human hands. They teem with the distinctive bird calls of Kea, Tui and Korimako. The forest floors are densely packed with New Zealand ferns and undergrowth.