Fly from Queenstown airport over the Wakatipu Basin and the Shotover River heading towards Glenorchy and the head of Lake Wakatipu.
Fly past the famous Earnslaw Burn Glacier and over Lake McKerrow taking in the grandeur of the Southern Alps, flying deep into the heart of Fiordland National Park. View the glaciated region of Fiordland’s tallest mountain, Mt Tutuko, and sweep the length of Milford Sound where you can take in unparalleled views of world famous Milford Sound and Mitre Peak before landing at Milford Sound airport.
Upon landing at Milford Sound you will meet your guide for the day and take a short boat ride from the Milford boat terminal to Sandfly Point to begin your walk on the Milford Track. You'll begin the guided walk, meandering alongside the cascading Arthur River then Lake Ada, on a well formed track. Your destination and half way point is Giant Gate waterfall. This spectacular waterfall is best viewed and photographed from the large swing bridge spanning the river and, on completion of the walk, an opportunity is made for photos at the sign marking the end of the walk, festooned with the boots of walkers that have made it to the end of the walk. After your transfer back to the Milford boat terminal fly back to Queenstown.
About Milford Sound
Milford Sound, the most famous fiord in the Fiordland National Park, is located on the south-west coast of New Zealand. The Te Wähipounamu region earned a World Heritage Status in 1986, recognised by UNESCO as one of great natural areas of the world.
Reaching from the mountains out to sea, the natural grandeur of Milford Sound was carved out over time by ancient glaciers, actually making it a fiord rather than a sound.
At the forefront of the fiord, Mitre Peak stands tall at 1692m. From the head of the fiord, it then stretches 16km out to the horizon where the Tasman Sea meets Fiordland. Lady Bowen Falls and Stirling Falls are two of the permanent waterfalls you’ll find in Milford Sound. Both of these waterfalls rise taller than the famous Niagara Falls!
This untouched region is one to add to your list of must-do’s while visiting New Zealand. Lose all track of time as you step back into a prehistoric world, a vast landscape that still to this day remains largely untamed.
Milford Sound weather
Milford Sound is renowned for its magnificent waterfalls that thunder down from high peaks into the depths of the fiord. It’s a region covered by temperate rainforest and the rain really gives Fiordland its unique character.
The weather can vary often, sometimes changing a number of different times in a single day. For this reason, it’s always important to schedule your flight for early on in your trip, in case it has to be postponed due to weather conditions.
Summer temperatures average around 18 degrees Celsius, while winter conditions can bring snow and cooler fronts. The region can receive on average up to seven metres of rainfall each year, which makes for a spectacular sight of the waterfalls on a day after heavy rain!
The aircrafts have plenty of space to take strollers and buggies as well. The motion of the aircraft does put many of the young children to sleep – sometimes even before the take off!