Milford Sound / Piopiotahi
Visually unparalleled, Milford Sound is New Zealand’s most popular tourist destination – and for good reason! Crowned as the 8th natural wonder of the world, Milford Sound is famous for its unique character, gushing waterfalls (some of New Zealand’s largest!), lush rainforests, and abundant wildlife.
With an average annual rainfall of 6,412mm (252in) each year, Milford Sound is known as the wettest inhabited place in New Zealand and one of the wettest in the world. This huge rainfall creates dozens of temporary waterfalls, cascading down the cliff faces, some reaching a thousand metres in length. Smaller falls from such heights may never reach the bottom of the sound, drifting away in the wind.
Fiords carved by the glaciers dominate the scenery eventually blending into the wild and windswept west coast.
Matt Southgate – Head Concierge - picks – Milford Extended (Flight 203) with Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters.
Often described as the 8th wonder of the world, the Milford Extended flight will simply take your breath away. Your flight takes you down the length of Lake Wakatipu where you rise above Queenstown, en route for Milford sound. Here you will land and fly the length of the fiord before landing on a secluded west coast beach. The third and final destination is the glacier area in the Mt aspiring national park. In my eyes one of the ultimate flights within the region and an unbeatable way to explore Milford sound and experience a glacier in New Zealand.
The versatility of the helicopter is admirably suited to this diverse terrain, ensuring enhanced visibility and unrivalled safety to experience this incredible landscape.