Milford Sound is the most renowned of all the Fiords, for it is simply the most spectacular. Named after Milford Haven in Wales, the Sound is 15km long and surrounded by near vertical mountains rising a massive 1600m/5500ft out of the sea. The views are breathtaking and many waterfalls cascade down the slopes, making it no surprise that Milford Sound was judged the World’s Number 1 Travel Destination in the 2008 Travelers’ Choice Destinations Awards by TripAdvisor.
The Milford Sound cruise is highly regarded as a relaxing way to view the sound, and we recommend the early morning or late afternoon cruises to capture the best scenery without flat light affecting photogenic potential.
Milford and Doubtful Overflight ( 75mins )
Milford Overflight ( 60mins )
Milford Scenic Flights ( 35mins )
Doubtful and Dusky Overflight ( 75mins )
Short Doubtful Overflight ( 25mins )
Long Doubtful Overflight ( 55min )
Flight Packages from Te Anau
Fly-Cruise-Fly: You are flown into Milford, depart on a cruise, and then return in the plane to Te Anau. Flights are on demand and can leave between 9:30am and 2pm –
Add $60pp to return via Doubtful Sound
Milford Overflight: Same flight route as the flight and cruise without landing – With landing –
Flights departing from Milford Sound
Milford to Sutherland Falls then Mount Tutoko Glaciers and return via Mouth –
The flight takes you on a journey in a great big circle around Milford. The flight covers a distance of 130km and displays more mind blowing scenery from start to finish than any other flight anywhere in the world.
“Fiordland, a vast tract of mountainous terrain that occupies the south-west corner of South Island New Zealand, is one of the most astounding pieces of land anywhere on God’s earth, and one’s first impulse, standing on a cliff top surveying it all, is simply to burst into spontaneous applause. It is magnificent.” Douglas Adams – author of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Doubtful Sound is Fiordlands’ second largest fiord, and is second after Milford as New Zealand’s most popular tourism destination. It is 3 times longer and 10 times larger than Milford, although it can be hard to tell from ground level as the fiord has several arms meandering off into the surrounding mountains. Lake Browne above Doubtful is the source of the Browne Falls, one of the highest waterfalls in the country flowing 836m down into the fiord. The Sound also contains the only Spanish named areas in New Zealand from a Spanish scientific expedition who charted the entrance and lower parts of the Sound in 1793, naming such features as Febrero Point and Pendulo Reach.
Dusky Sound, Tamatea is Fiordlands’ largest fiord, named in english by Capt Cook as he arrived at Dusk. Cook explored Dusky on both visits to NZ, first in the Endeavour and later in the Resolution where, at astronomers point in Pickersgill Harbour, Cook would determine the exact latitude and longitude, from which he concluded his very accurate for the time map of NZ. Dusky is a pilots favourite due to the labyrinth of valleys and waterways, it has 356 islands, 17 arms and over 300km of coastline. Doubtful Sound is included in this flight. It the weather is good this is the one to do.
Fly Fiordland are the closest airplane operators to Doubtful Sound, the scenery starts as soon as you are airborne, instead of paying money for ferry time over many kilometers of farm land.
Doubtful Short Flight: 25 minute flight travelling into Deep Cove, where we turn around to give you a great view down the fiord to the Tasman Sea, returning over Lake Manapouri –
Doubtful Long Flight: 55 minute flight travelling all the way out to the Tasman Sea through Deep Cove, return
ing via Lake Te Anau encompassing massive areas of exquisite untouched scenery –
Dusky and Doubtful Flight: 75 minutes. Very weather dependant, if you want to go to Dusky plan to have a few days up your sleeve and pick the best day. – $385pp
Flights on demand to a time that suits you.
See our price table for specific prices.
What To Bring
We recommend bringing a set of warm clothes, a waterproof jacket, some sunscreen and of course your camera!
Fly Fiordland reserves the right to cancel or postpone flights in the interest of safety. Weather in Fiordland means that there is a reasonable chance of delays or cancellations. Full refunds are given if the flight is cancelled.
Please be aware of this when making a booking as the pilot’s decision whether to fly is final.
Aerial Photography and Survey
Our Cessna 172 is fitted with a certified camera hatch in the rear cockpit.
It is also fitted with full opening windows on both sides of the aircraft.
The dimensions are 300mm x 250mm. The weight limitation for this area is 160kg. The total payload for the aircraft excluding pilot is 230kg with 3 hours of fuel. Total duration with full tanks is 4.5 hours.
This Cessna 172 is also certificated in dual catergory, both standard and restricted in order to carry photography or survey equipment mounted to the starboard wing strut.
Thi price for aerial survey and photography is $600/hr, the aircraft is available nationwide.