Date of stay: January 2014
Tour or pre planned: Pre planned
We had never been to the Milford Sound before but had always wanted to go. We’d heard how it can be difficult to get to the Sound or have a good experience as it is very much weather dependent.
So our plan was to book a day tour through www.bookme.co.nz (booking agent for a number of companies). Our tour cost $479 per adult and was a fly, cruise fly deal through Air Wakatipu. Basically this means you take a flight from Queenstown airport to the Milford Sound, then board a boat for a 1 & 1/2 hour cruise around the sound then fly back to Queenstown airport.
We had used Queenstown as our base to see the sights. On arrival we were greeted by cold, wet and windy conditions. Certainly not what we were expecting given that it was the middle of summer. We were quite worried we’d miss out on seeing the Sound. The morning of the tour we called Air Wakatipu to arrange our complimentary pick up and confirm the tour was still going ahead and fortunately luck was on our side. The day of our flight the weather could not have been better.
Air Wakatipu run a number of flights to the sound daily. Although we were told they had not been able to take tours for almost 3 & half weeks due to the weather conditions. The stats were something like 150 days per year that tours run. There’s also the option to take a bus tour but that takes about 8 hours from Queenstown (there and back), so the half hour flight from Queenstown is great if you’re short on time. Our friends have done the bus tour and have said that the scenery on the way there and back is certainly worth the extra time if you can.
The flight from Queenstown takes you over the Southern Alps providing amazing views of snow capped mountains, waterfalls and glaciers. As you climb up over the mountains you may experience some turbulence but nothing too crazy.
Overall we had an amazing time. Air Wakatipu have a number of other tours and these can be booked directly through their website. Any questions feel free to comment below.
Top Tips: Don’t have a big breakfast before the flight, it can get a little bumpy which could upset your stomach and make sure you pack some mosquito repellent.
Would you recommend this destination: Yes
Would you recommend your tour: Yes – Fly, cruise, fly tour with Air Wakatipu (www.airwakatipu.com)
Overall rating destination: 5 out of 5
By: Nick & Jackie