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From Queenstown: Milford Sound Full-Day Trip by Plane & Boat

1. From Queenstown: Milford Sound Full-Day Trip by Plane & Boat

Combine a flight and a cruise on Milford Sound on this excursion from Queensland. Take in the area's outstanding natural beauty as you savor the sights from both air and water. Enjoy a pickup and transfer to the air hanger in Queenstown. Listen to informative commentary in English and marvel at the stunning views of lakes, mountains, and waterfalls on the 40-minute flight. Upon landing, transfer to the Milford Sound Boat Terminal. Board in Milford Sound and experience 2 hours onboard an intimate vessel with English commentary by your skipper, and complimentary tea and coffee. Cruise to the mouth of the Tasman Sea, while enjoying views of waterfalls and marine life like fur seals, dolphins, and penguins. Next, board your scenic flight back to Queenstown. Take a different flight path from your outbound flight as you admire the spectacular views of Fiordland National Park. After the 40-minute journey back to Queenstown, enjoy complimentary transfer back to your accommodation.

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Queenstown: Shotover River and Kawarau River Jet Boat Ride

2. Queenstown: Shotover River and Kawarau River Jet Boat Ride

Get an adrenaline rush on a 1-hour jet boat ride, operated by the world’s first commercial jet boat company. Take in stunning views of the Remarkable Mountains and journey up 2 of South Island’s most iconic rivers.  Depart from the heart of Queenstown, and climb aboard the big yellow jet boat at the Main Town Pier. Hold on tight as you accelerate across the water and feel the exhilaration of a high-powered twin-engine boat that powers across Lake Wakatipu. Experience the twists and spins as you enter the Kawarau River and race past rocks and under bridges at speeds of up to 95 kilometers per hour.  Grip the heated handrails and experience 360° spins while you speed up the shallow channels of the Shotover River. After 45 kilometers of pure adrenaline, return to the pier and see photos and videos from your trip.

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Queenstown: 2-Hour Zipline Tour with 4-Lines

3. Queenstown: 2-Hour Zipline Tour with 4-Lines

The perfect starter to your adventure experience in Queenstown. Journey through native forest on four incredible ziplines with stunning views across Lake Wakatipu to the Remarkables mountain range. Make your way to the Skyline Gondola summit (gondola ticket is your own expense) to meet your experienced guides. Harness up and feel the wind in your face as you glide down the ziplines. The ziplines start low and slow and gradually build your confidence as they get progressively longer, higher and faster. Your experienced guides will launch and receive you at each tree deck, showing you fun tricks you can try. Enjoy their light-hearted, informative stories on local history, myths, legends, and ecological principals at each suspended tree-house.

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Queenstown: 3-Hour Zipline Adventure with 6-Lines

4. Queenstown: 3-Hour Zipline Adventure with 6-Lines

Take on a spectacular and exhilarating zipline eco-adventure through the native forest canopy. Make your way to the Skyline Gondola summit and meet your experienced guides. Harness up and feel the wind in your face as you glide down breath-taking ziplines. Traverse down the mountain tree-to-tree via twelve aerial, tree-top platforms, with the highest tree-house at 25-meters above the ground. Launch from deck to deck and your guides will be there to help you at every platform. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride. Admire the spectacular views of Lake Wakatipu and the remarkable mountain range as you zipline through the trees. Listen to light-hearted and interesting stories about local history, myths, and legends at each suspended tree-house. Walk downhill through the beech forest for 20-minutes with a guide to reach the finish, where you will ride the world's steepest tree-to-tree zipline, descending at speeds of up to 70kph.

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Wanaka: Jet Boat Ride on Clutha River

5. Wanaka: Jet Boat Ride on Clutha River

Experience the water like never have before on a jet boat adventure in Wanaka. Skim across shallow water, over sand bars, through rapids, and around rocks at speeds in excess of 80 kilometers per hour. Departing from Wanaka’s waterfront, enjoy a short jaunt across the lake taking in stunning snow-capped mountain views, and prepare to enter one of the world’s swiftest-flowing rivers, the Clutha River.  Of course, a jet boat ride wouldn’t be complete without the iconic Hamilton Spin, a high-speed maneuver causing the boat to spin rapidly on the spot. Your expert driver will raise your adrenalin, demonstrating the maneuverability of the jet boat and pushing it to its absolute limits, safely and skillfully navigating you on an unforgettable adventure.

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Wanaka: Tandem Skydive Experience 9,000, 12,000 or 15,000-ft

6. Wanaka: Tandem Skydive Experience 9,000, 12,000 or 15,000-ft

Skydiving is a must-do and Wanaka is the most stunning place to tick it off your bucket list. Admire some of New Zealand’s most beautiful scenery and picturesque landscapes as you freefall from above at 200kph. Your experience starts when you walk in the door and meet the awesome frontline crew. Receive a full briefing and gear up. Before you know it, you’ll be meeting your tandem instructor and climbing into the plane for the incredible scenic flight to altitude. During your 20-minute flight over the Southern Alps, your instructor will point out Mt. Cook, Mt. Aspiring, the Southern Alps, a number of lakes and the Clutha River. Once you’ve reached your chosen altitude, it’s time to leap. Experience the pure adrenaline rush of freefalling at 200kph above the stunning Central Otago landscape. After 25 to 60-seconds of freefall, catch your breath and enjoy the smooth flight under canopy safely back down to the drop zone. Back on the ground, tears of joy, smiles, hugs and fist pumps are all the norm. Make your way back to the hanger to be de-geared then await your edited video and photos. Once your video is done plug it into the computer, gather around your friends and family and relive the moments all over again.

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Milford Sound Fiord Cruise & Helicopter Glacier Landing

7. Milford Sound Fiord Cruise & Helicopter Glacier Landing

Discover Milford Sound's stunning fjord from high in the air and on the water. Land in Milford and join an unforgettable fjord cruise past sheer cliffs and gushing waterfalls.Try to spot dolphins, seals, and adorable penguins. Then enjoy an exhilarating flight past spectacular rivers, valleys, and mountains with blue-green ice falls, and experience a glacier or mountain landing in the heart of Fiordland National Park. Today, many of the local landscapes can be recognized because of their use as film locations. You can even fly over where movies were filmed! The pilots regularly work with film production crews and are happy to share plenty of stories of life on the film set. Finally, for the photo opportunity of a lifetime, alight on a glacier and enjoy panoramic views. These highly experienced, well-known local pilots can’t wait to share with you their extensive knowledge and history of the area while showing you the best of New Zealand's amazing scenery. Please note that there may not be snow on the day of your flight depending on the season, especially during summer.

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Queenstown: Summer Tandem Paragliding

8. Queenstown: Summer Tandem Paragliding

There’s no better place to try paragliding than from Coronet peak, the highest of all the flying sites in Queenstown. This take-off gives thrill-seekers the opportunity to experience more spins and turns in the air, but a gentle flight is also possible from this spot. This friendly and highly qualified team is led by Angus Tapper, a 4-time New Zealand Paragliding Champion and runner-up in the 2010 National Hang Gliding championships. He has over 30 years of aviation experience. After a short drive up to the ski field, you’ll be teamed up with your highly experienced pilot. He’ll do a safety briefing with you followed by a short practice. Soon, you and your pilot will be flying away. Once up in the air, you’ll have amazing views of the whole Wakatipu area. There’s nothing better than seeing the spectacular Queenstown region from the air. Once you’re done, a courtesy van will pick you up from the purpose-built landing site, which has a café that offers hot food and drinks.

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Queenstown: Hop-On Hop-Off Wine Tour

9. Queenstown: Hop-On Hop-Off Wine Tour

Become your own tour guide for a day and enjoy having the freedom to explore the best parts of Queenstown, Arrowtown, and Gibbston Valley without being rushed or constricted by any pres-set schedules. Enjoy the fun and soak up the amazing sites of Queenstown. No need to make an itinerary and drive yourself, your friendly drivers will look after you and provide you with information on each location. Hop on and off as you please, visit as many destinations as you like, and choose how long you stay at each spot. Stop options include: • Shotover Jet boat ride • Canyon Food & Brew Co • Strike Bowl bowling and entertainment center • Cargo at Gantley’s taproom • Arrowtown historical gold mining town • Gibbston Valley Cheese • Akarua Wines & Kitchen by Artisan • Amisfield Bistro & Cellar Door • (November to April) Wet Jacket Wines • AJ Hackett Bungy • Waitiri Creek & Cargo Brewery • Brennan Wines • Mt Rosa Wines • Kinross Cellar Door & Bistro • Gibbston Tavern and Rockburn Cellar Door • Gibbston Valley Winery • Altitude Brewing • Quartz Reef Wines at The Rees Hotel

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Milford Sound: Fly | Cruise | Fly

10. Milford Sound: Fly | Cruise | Fly

Gaze down at the mountains and glaciers of Milford Sound as you take the flight of a lifetime onboard a fixed-wing aircraft. Savor the awe-inspiring scenery from your window seat as you enjoy an informative commentary from a knowledgeable local pilot. Soar over incredible features of the surrounding landscape, such as Coronet Peak skifield and Skippers Canyon. Absorb panoramic views over the Shotover River, the second-richest gold-bearing river in the world. Marvel at the sight of shimmering Lake Wakatipu below, as you fly along the Dart River Valley into World-Heritage-listed Mount Aspiring National Park. Enjoy an unforgettable experience as you jet across snow-clad peaks, the Olivine Ice Plateau, Mount Tutoko, and the Tutoko Glacier. Take in the breath-taking scenery of Fiordland National Park, the rugged West Coast, and the Tasman Sea, before descending into Milford Sound. Be amazed by the dramatic cliff faces and aerial views of cascading Stirling Falls, as you are led on a walk through beech forest and onboard a 1hr 45min cruise through the natural wonders of Milford Sound. Get the camera ready to snap the iconic Mitre Peak, standing 1692 meters above sea level. Look out for seal colonies, penguins, and dolphins from the open-air viewing deck, as you travel the full length of the fiord. Soak in the stunning landscape as you are greeted by your pilot for another memorable flight back across a World-Heritage-listed area to Queenstown.

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What people are saying about Otago

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Sensational experience of a lifetime. Highly recommended. The scenic flight to Milford Sounds was exceptional & a must see. The cruise on the sounds was such a special time with a very informative commentary. The sounds is certainly the 8th wonder of the world & every kiwi needs to visit this sacred part of our beautiful country. The flight back to Queenstown was yet another priceless experience. Can’t say enough about this experience. The extra cost for the scenic flight was worth every cent & I will be raving about our trip to the Milford sounds for many years to come. We went well prepared. Scout moto, “Be Prepared”. Take: Warm clothes. Raincoat/windbreaker, Towel & insect repellent. Also Take your lunch as there is limited food outlets at the sounds. A beanie is better then a cap, depending on the wind & a light backpack is better then a bag. Full phone/camera battery with plenty of space for pics & vids. (I needed a bit of extra charge. Too many vids. No internet reception.

My wife and I had one of the best scenic flight with Glenorchy Air here in Queenstown. We booked the 80 Minutes Milford Sound Scenic Flyover and got a bonus when our very friendly and accommodating Pilot Ian Anderson told us that instead of a flyover at Milford Sound, we will be making a landing and picking up some hikers back to Queenstown, which we are ok with. The flight from Queenstown to Milford Sound was so picturesque as we flew above mountain lakes, lush rain forests, snow covered mountains & glacier. We will definitely do the Milford Sounds Scenic Flyover again next time we are in Queenstown again. A big thank you to Pilot Ian Anderson, Mikaela and Jasmine of Glenorchy Air for the memorable experience. Felix & Evelyn Auckland, NZ

Very pleasant guides, very helpful and knowledgeable. Cruising with Mitre Peak Cruises couldn’t be better. Tea and coffee drinks on board to enjoy which was a surprise to us. Tour was not hurried , and very enjoyable

It was exciting, fun and yet so comfortable. Cima the instructor made me feel as I was made for doing it everyday. Pick up amd drop off offered and a must do for all.

We had a great day and the drivers were really friendly.