The only scenic flight company ex. Queenstown to showcase some of Mt Aspiring & Fiordland National Parks largest Glaciers. These include the Rob Roy, Bonar, Jura, Volta, Dart, Olivine, and Donne Glaciers among many others and of course, Milford Sound itself. Each tour is guaranteed to see at least five major glaciers. Although not world famous like the Fox & Franz Josef glaciers, these are kiwi secrets that have been reserved to advanced mountaineers or a select few tourists travelling by air from Wanaka.
After check-in completion, your pilot will give a thorough pre-flight briefing on the route and scenic highlights likely to be encountered.
Departing from Queenstown airport at 8.00am, the flight path tracks north up the world famous Shotover Canyon, passing Lake Lochnagar to Mt Aspiring (tallest peak outside of the Mt Cook region at 10,000ft/3030m). New Zealand has 7 glaciers that span greater than 10 hectares, and the only one in the Southern Lakes happens to reside on the northern side of Mt Aspiring, called the Volta Glacier. This is assured to be a highlight before turning west for Milford Sound. On this next sector passengers will be mesmerised flying down ‘glacier alley’ with the Olivine Ice Plateau, a unique glacial amphitheatre. Further west toward Milford Sound we link up with our existing Milford flight path, over Mt Tutoko and the Donne & Age Glaciers, before capturing the Fiord of Milford, followed by a return flight back to Queenstown viewing the Arthur Valley & Lake Te Anau.
Because of the weather dependent nature of flying in the Southern Alps to Milford Sound, we recommend booking in for your first available day in Queenstown. So that, should the weather be unfavorable for flying on the first day, you will have maximum flexibility to roll your excursion on to a following fine weather day.
This is a 1 hour Scenic Flight, beginning and ending in Queenstown, taking in incredible scenery of the Southern Alps, Fiordland National Park, Glaciers and Milford Sound itself.
1st May 2021 – 30th April 2022
1st May 2022 – 30th September 2022
Summer 08.00am 1st October – 30th April
You will be back at your Queenstown accommodation by 9.30am, ready to explore more of what the region has to offer!
Winter 9.30am 1st May – 30th September
You will be back at your Queenstown accommodation by 11.00am, ready to explore more of what the region has to offer!
*Please note that this option excludes landing in Milford Sound or a boat cruise, trading instead for a longer scenic flight with a central focus around New Zealand’s most hidden Glaciers. It also requires minimum numbers to operate, if these are not met on your chosen day, alternate options will be discussed.