Experience the Magic with Heli Tours Extended Milford Sound Tour

Thursday 29 November 2018, 1:55PM
By Beckie Wright

Spring snow sprinkled along the Southern Alps provides an amazing backdrop for Heli Tour’s guests as they make their flight to Fiordland and Milford Sound this time of the year. The company provides one of the safest and popular flights to the region for tourists who are short on time and want to get a sense of the different natural environments.

Their extended Milford Sound tour begins with a complimentary shuttle service that picks up tourists from central Queenstown. Tourists can also make their own trip to the Heli Tours base where there is free parking. After check-in the pilot takes them through a short safety briefing before boarding the helicopter. 

Having some flexibility and patience to see Fiordland and Milford Sound if the weather is not good is advised as it can also clear quickly.  The Milford Sound extended tour not only allows tourists to see multiple different environments from the air but also to have three landings that provides great photo opportunities in the backdrop of incredible beauty.

The experienced pilots share their local knowledge and tourists can discover hidden lakes, canyons, waterfalls and rivers of the Queenstown and Glenorchy area. Leaving Queenstown behind, tourists fly west towards the head of Lake Wakatipu. At the top of the lake they fly past ice shelves, waterfalls and enjoy a mountain landing on snow or ice.

They then continue on through Fiordland National Park to the remote West Coast and experience a beach landing. Here beside the Tasman Sea they can soak up the fresh salt air with vast ocean views and generally warmer temperatures. After the beach they fly over beautiful subtropical rainforest to Milford Sound, which is the eighth natural wonder of the world.

Tourists can also enjoy a short bush walk for fantastic photos of the sound with the iconic Mitre Peak in the distance or sit back and soak up the views over a drink at the local cafe before returning to Queenstown.

Heli Tours also offers a spectacular tour of Doubtful Sound. Tourists fly south out of Queenstown over Mavora Lakes, viewing large scale farm land, New Zealand native forest to Manapouri.

They fly into Fiordland National Park, over into Doubtful Sound which is the second largest fiordland, view Deep Cove, the Browne Waterfalls and Campbell's Kingdom. They can experience a remote beach landing before returning back to Queenstown over Te Anau with an alpine landing in the Eyre mountains to conclude their experience.

Heli Tours Queenstown is a locally-owned helicopter company flying from the resort town and has been operating into Fiordland since 2010. The heli company offers authentic local experiences covering the majority of the South Island including Queenstown, Central Otago, Fiordland, Catlins and Canterbury regions with snow and glacier landings, food and wine tours, fishing and hunting, hiking, farm experiences and custom tours.

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Heli Tours can be contacted on +64 3 451 0515 or 0800 435 486 (NZ only) or