Milford Sound & Glaciers Flyover

Milford Sound & Glaciers Flyover

“Fly Further – See More with Southern Alps Air!”

Come on Kiwis, this is an amazing offer on our Wanaka to Milford Sound flight (plus return). Visitors come from all over the world to fly to our fantastic Milford Sound. Some say it is the best thing they have ever done. Now it’s your turn – explore your own backyard and see ‘The 8th Wonder of the World for yourself.

There are so many highlights on the circular flight path from Wanaka you will be in awe of the beauty that New Zealand has to offer! The flight is 30 minutes longer than flights departing from Queenstown. There are also many more glaciers, plus the spectacular Mt Aspiring on our flight route.

This trip is ideal if you want to experience Milford Sound but don’t have the time to stay for the Milford Sound cruise option. This overfly option has the same flight route so you will see Mt Aspiring, 100+ glaciers and the scenic World Heritage beauty of Te Wahipounamu.

Fly to Milford Sound through two of New Zealand’s most picturesque National Parks (Mt Aspiring & Fiordland National Parks). View alpine lakes nestled amongst soaring snow-capped mountain peaks and pristine glaciers, with vast rainforest and cascading waterfalls visible from every seat!

Highlights of your Wanaka to Milford Sound Flight (and return)

  • Birds eye views of Lake Wanaka & islands
  • Fly past the peak of Mt Aspiring (3,033m)
  • See over 100 glaciers
  • View remote, stunning Alpine lakes
  • Fly over the vast rainforests of Fiordland National Park
  • Experience Milford Sound – the 8th natural wonder of the world
  • Return via Queenstown’s scenic Lake Wakatipu
  • Views of Shotover River – site of New Zealand’s Gold Rush
  • Informative, personal commentary from your pilot
  • Window seats for everyone!

Full Trip Information for your Wanaka to Milford Sound Flight

Departing from Wanaka Airport your flight will take you up and over Lake Wanaka with its islands and then out to Mt Aspiring National Park. This stunning region is part of the World Heritage areas of Te Wahipounamu and recognised for its unspoilt beauty.

Views of Lake Wanaka from Southern Alps Air scenic flight
Lake Wanaka

Fly past the peak of Mt Aspiring (3,033m) and view glaciers, remote valleys and pristine alpine lakes as you fly over Fiordland National Park. The views as you fly into Milford Sound will stay with you forever and you will even have views out to the Tasman Sea from your window seat.

Mt Aspiring Southern Alps Air Wanaka scenic flight
Fly past the 3,033m high peak of Mt Aspiring

The scale of Milford Sound is best appreciated from the air, you can understand the vastness of the landscape and why it has been called the 8th Natural Wonder of the World. Cascading waterfalls, sheer cliffs that fall into the blue waters of the Sound. Everyone should experience this!

views over Milford Sound with Southern Alps Air
The scenic beauty of Milford Sound

Your pilot will ensure that your return scenic flight is just as spectacular. Returning via the Dart Valley and Glenorchy – a famous movie location for the Lord of the Rings trilogy you will fly up Lake Wakatipu to Queenstown. Here you can see the legendary Shotover River where gold was discovered in 1862.

Dart Valley Glenorchy Milford Sound scenic flight
Returning via the Dart Valley and Glenorchy at the head of Lake Wakatipu

Finally you will make the descent over into Wanaka after 1.5 hrs of incredible views on a Milford Sound scenic flight you will never forget!

Optional Extra – Brief Landing at Milford Sound.

You can choose to upgrade to enjoy a brief landing at Milford Sound or, if time permits check out our Milford Sound Fly-Cruise-Fly from Wanaka which includes a cruise and is amazing value at $595.00 per adult.

What to bring

  • Camera
  • Sunglasses
  • Insect repellent (if choosing to upgrade to a brief landing)

FAQ’s for Wanaka to Milford Sound Scenic Flight

How long does the flight from Wanaka to Milford Sound take?

The scenic flight from Wanaka to Milford Sound takes around 40 mins and includes spectacular views of two of New Zealand’s National Parks – Mt. Aspiring & Fiordland National Park

Is it better to see Milford Sound by air?

From your window seat in the plane you will be able to fully appreciate the wild vastness of Milford Sound and its cascading waterfalls. You will also get views of the coastline out to the Tasman Sea. Our amazing pilots fly to Milford Sound every good weather day they can and never get tired of the views!

Is it worth landing at Milford Sound?

This depends on the time you have available. Our Milford Sound flyover trip takes 1.5 hrs so is perfect for those who are short on time but still want amazing views. However if you have the time we do recommend upgrading to either our Milford Sound brief landing option or opting for our full Milford Sound Fly-Cruise-Fly from Wanaka (allow 4 hrs).

Milford Sound & Glaciers Flyover

Current Prices Valid to 30 April 2024
Prices are per person & includes GST
Child Age is 5-15yrs
Infants 0-4yrs Travel Free (1 infant per adult)
Window Seats & Glacier Views on All Flights
Minimum numbers apply
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