Queenstown, NZ: One of the most memorable experiences of our two weeks in New Zealand was flying in this gorgeous vintage airplane on our “Milford and Big 5 Glaciers Flight” with @AirMilford.
All of Air Milford flights leave from Queenstown airport, which is only a fifteen minute drive from downtown Queenstown. There’s an assortment of morning and midday tours, so they’re easy to fit in with the rest of your schedule, whether you’re hiking, wine tasting, or jumping off of something!
Some of the most popular offerings from Air Milford are flights that land in Milford Sound, and connect you with a cruise of the sound. For people who don’t want to spend time driving on vacation, this is perfect and saves a long 4-5 hour drive from Queenstown. (Longer if you’re taking the bus.) Or, perhaps the best of both worlds, the bus-cruise-fly option. Here you will drive out to Milford on a tour bus, allowing you to see the stunning scenery, and then do your cruise. Then, when the last thing you want is to get back on a bus, you can return via plane, making the journey 30 minutes instead of 5 hours!
The Big 5 Glaciers is the first of the day, leaving at 8am. It is a one hour aerial tour without a landing. Since we wanted to do the Key Summit hike, we chose to drive to Milford and do the cruise on our own, so this was the perfect flight option to allow us to explore the park on our own pace, but still have the incredible view of it from above. #hungerlustNZ #airmilford #queenstownairport