Flying to the Eighth Wonder of the World

Tony Merton Jones heads to New Zealand to sample an excursion like no other – seeing the majestic Milford Sound fjord by air.

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Glenorchy Air GippsAero Airvans ZK-JRR and ZK-LOR wait either side of the general aviation refuelling station at Queenstown Airport ahead of their noon departure to Milford Sound.
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Much of the stunning scenery seen during the flight from Queenstown to Milford Sound was used in the filming of The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
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Queenstown, in the heart of New Zealand’s South Island, offers visitors an opportunity for fun, thrills, adventures or simply a pleasant place in which to relax. Set amid the stunning Southern Alps on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, the nation’s ‘adventure capital’ as it is often dubbed, is a haven for thrill-seekers taking to paragliding, bungee jumping or other daredevil pastimes. But for those with more sedate inclinations, a day trip from Queenstown to Milford Sound by air is thoroughly recommended, delivering a jaw-dropping experience that can be undertaken for a relatively modest outlay.

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