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 and personal way to view the sound, and we recommend the early morning or late afternoon cruises to to beat the crowds and 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 $50pp 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
Fly Fiordland are the closest airplane operators to Doubtful Sound, and therefore our prices are the best.
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 –
Longer 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 –
Flights on demand to a time that suits you.
Unfortunately the upper Hollyford track and Hollyford road have significant damage from flooding, most road bridges and foot bridges are gone.
It will be several years before access to the start of the Hollyford Track is possible.
The lower Hollyford from Alabaster to Martins Bay is normal. It is still possible to fly to Martins Bay but these flights will only depart to or from Te Anau. The cost to fly is $1100 each way for upto 5 people or 500kg.
Consider a fly in to Cascade and a pickup from Martins bay doing the coastal walk staying Huts at Barn Bay, Gorge river, Big bay and Martins Bay.
You do need to camp one night between Gorge River and Big Bay.
The Hollyford Track is a spectacular Fiordland tramp from the mountains deep in the National Park to the sea at Martins Bay, and can be walked all year round. The walk is for more experienced trampers that like to experience some real rugged beauty, but still want a well conditioned track and huts to sleep in.
In depth information about the track can be found in the DOC’s Hollyford Track Brochure www.doc.govt.nz
Hollyford Track Flights
Charter for 4 adults with packs into Martins Bay. –
Te Anau to Big Bay –
Please be aware that cancelling your booking may affect other people who have booked a flight on the Hollyford, and when other people cancel this may mean we have to cancel your flight.
Fly Fiordland does not charge a deposit for Hollyford bookings at this time, but this does not mean cancelling is welcome, as it usually means there are insufficient numbers for the flights to go ahead and other parties either face increased cost or cancelled flights.
So please only book if you “are committed” to do the walk as we really do not want to start charging non-refundable bookings.
Fiordland Coastal Walk Independent Flights
Hollyford Road end to Big Bay, or Cascade Mouth, Flights to/from Hollyford road end, Te Anau – $1100-1900.
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.