Below are some common questions we get asked at Fiordland Helicopters – please contact us for more information on any of our scenic helicopter flights and locations.

Milford Sound FAQ’s

How far is Milford Sound from Te Anau?

By road the distance from Te Anau to Milford Sound is 240km (144 miles) return. There are very few accommodation options in Milford Sound itself so most will make the journey in 1 day. For people short on time and wanting to maximise their experience of Milford Sound a helicopter tour is the best way to experience this incredible location.

What is the best way to experience Milford Sound?

A helicopter flight with wilderness landing is the best way to escape the crowds and appreciate the scale and vastness of Milford Sound. Then there is the added bonus of being able to land on a remote, ancient glacier.

How long does it take to fly to Milford Sound?

Our Milford Sound Experience helicopter trip has a return flight time from Te Anau of 1hr 10mins approx. This includes a wilderness landing and many unforgettable landscapes along the way.

Do you offer a Milford Sound Heli-Cruise-Heli option?

Yes we do. Choose either our Milford Sound Heli-Cruise-Heli trip or for an exclusive charter our Privately Guided Milford Sound Heli-Cruise offers an exclusive day of discovery.

Doubtful Sound FAQ’s

Is it worth seeing Doubtful Sound?

Absolutely! Doubtful Sound (Patea) is a must see location in Fiordland. Although less visited than Milford Sound it offers a rich & diverse landscape that will leave you speechless. A nature lover’s dream destination you can spot Rare Fiordland Crested Penguins, New Zealand Fur Seals and playful Bottlenose and Dusky Dolphins.

What is the best way to see Doubtful Sound?

A helicopter flight is the best way to discover the remote and quieter beauty of this special place. Our Doubtful Sound helicopter tours include a hidden hanging valley known as Campbells’s Kingdom.  At least one wilderness landing is included on all our helicopter flights.

What will I see on the way to Doubtful Sound?

Helicopter Trip Booking FAQ’s

What happens if the weather is bad on the day?

We will carry out a weather check on the day of your trip. If we cannot fly due to the weather conditions we will reschedule the trip and/or offer an alternative route.

Do I have to pay extra fees to land in the National Park?

All our flights & packages include National Park Landing Concession Fees

Will we have the helicopter to ourselves on the trip?

A minimum number of 2 passengers is required for a flight. Flights are shared unless specified. If you would like a private flight, please advise the office at the time of booking to discuss pricing.

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