Scenic Flights & Adventures

Southern Alps, Queenstown  |  New Zealand



Glenorchy Air is a family-owned and operated scenic flight company based at Queenstown International Airport on the stunning South Island of New Zealand. Experience awe-inspiring, personalised flights to Milford Sound, Mt. Cook, Mt. Aspiring and beyond. With Glenorchy Air, your window seat awaits. All of our modern aircraft have expansive windows, allowing every passenger unobstructed views of the stunning locations we fly over.

Our pilots are knowledgeable, confident locals who strive to exceed your expectations. We have many flight options to suit your time, budget and level of adventure. For a truly remarkable experience, book with us today.



Our modern aircraft have expansive windows, allowing every passenger unobstructed views of the stunning scenery we fly over.



We are conveniently located inside the Main Terminal Building at Queenstown Airport across from arrivals baggage claim.



We provide complimentary pickups and dropoffs from Central Queenstown locations in our comfortable 2019 Hiace Vans.




We're Queenstown's #1 Scenic Flight Company on TripAdvisor

Amazing day of flying with Glenorchy Air!

Truly amazing trip to Milford Sounds! The scenic flight into Milford sounds was out of this world, we flew over lakes, mountains and Glaciers! The pilots were very professional, friendly and knowledgeable. They made the whole trip wonderful. James was our pilot and took good care of us, he was always happy to answer any questions we had.

The day out with Glenorchy Air is money well spent! You’re in and out of Milford sounds with a cruise in 4 hours. This is definitely better than spending endless hours on a coach.

I would highly recommend to anyone wanting to have a truly unique and once in a life time experience in Queenstown!


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Amazing Experience

We had an amazing flight with Jackson. The flight was so smooth and just magical, we would highly recommend doing this. The boat cruise was also great and just a beautiful place.

Thank you Jackson and Glenorchy Air for a memorable experience in Queenstown!!


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Beautiful start to our honeymoon

Started our honeymoon in Queenstown for some adventure and to see a new and wild landscape. There is no better way to see such a landscape than with Glenorchy air. Liam was our pilot and he made it such a comfortable and enjoyable flight as a skilled pilot and giving some great information about the regions we flew over. The flight and cruise on Milford Sound were breathtaking and beautiful being able to see such a landscape. Highly recommend to anyone, just be flexible with your reservation as we got lucky with weather, but that definitely can affect your booking. Ask for Liam too, if they let you.


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Highlight of the trip!

We took the Milford Sound and Glaciers: Fly/Cruise/Fly trip. Luke was our pilot and he was not only a safety-conscious and talented pilot, but his commentary as we flew back and forth was amusing and very informative. He made sure we got to where we needed to go and we always felt safe. While we enjoyed Milford Sound, the true highlight was the breathtaking flights over the mountains!! The snow-capped peaks with their jagged edges cannot adequately be described. This is a must-see trip!


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Memorable Family Experience

We booked our trip with Glenorchy Air with much anticipation of the views, the service and the experience. Our pilot, Jim, the Glenorchy staff, and the Milford Sound boat captain helped surpass all our expectations. Jim was outstanding, educating us at the proper moments along our flight, helping take pictures once at Milford Sound, and really just paving the way for us to enjoy every moment of our trip. From punctual pick-up (he even adjusted the location to make it more convenient for us), to making us feel comfortable throughout the flight, Jim was a top notch professional. Our Family will remember the flight and boat ride in Milford Sound as one of our best trips … good stuff!

Jonathan P

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Words just aren’t enough

We did the flight to Milford Sound & back on 9/9/19 for our 31st wedding anniversary. Feels very surreal now. Milford Sound was gorgeous but the flight there & back was out of this world. What takes approx 5 hrs each way by bus, took us 40 scenic mins each way through snow capped mountains, over glaciers, lakes & magnificent coast line. Exceptional staff. Special mention to (Luke) our young bus driver who is also a pilot, and of course our own pilot (Will) who made us feel completely at ease & safe at all times … great sense of humour & lots of knowledge of movies shot in the area (Lord of the Rings etc). We couldn’t have asked for better service or a better day weather wise. We definitely recommend Glenorchy Air. From someone whose anxiety would have once stopped me from enjoying this, my husband & I can now tick it off as a bucket list experience!

Rae Skinner

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Scenic Flight Photography Tips

Our girl, Sophie Piearcey, has flown with us many times now and each time she sends us the most incredible photos, showcasing the amazing scenery we fly over. In her latest blog post (click here), she shares some fantastic tips for taking photography on our scenic flights. Find her words of wisdom below to use […]


Sunrise Flights with Notes of a Northerner

When we moved down to Level 2 in New Zealand, that meant we were able to wake our sleeping aircraft and venture out from the hangar back into the skies above our magnificent Southern Alps. One of our first flights took our favourite creatives up for a new Sunrise Flight around Mt. Aspiring and Earnslaw Burn to capture photos and videos for our new, innovative products.


We’ve made the list “the most epic travel guide to queenstown, new zealand”

Last month, Tara from Silly Little Kiwi joined us on a scenic flight to Milford Sound on a stunning bluebird day. Read her latest post for the most epic guide to Queenstown.


ZK-LOR rejoins the fleet

We are extremely excited to welcome back our second GippsAero GA8 Airvan back from its full rebranding, bright, ready and looking great for our busy summer season. Again, a huge thank you to Frew’s Restorations in Auckland for the incredible job on ZK-LOR and ZK-JRR.


A new addition to our fleet

We are extremely proud to announce a new addition to our fleet. Coming online this December is our brand-new custom-built Cessna 206 Stationair HD. In October, our Managing Director James Stokes flew from Queenstown, New Zealand to Wichita, Kansas in the USA to visit the Cessna Factory and see our new aircraft, which will have the CAA Aircraft Registration ZK-JTK, come off of the production line.


Bird of the Year 2019 #yearofthekea

Here in New Zealand, we’re very proud of our native birds. Every year, Forest & Bird hold the Bird of the Year. New Zealander’s can vote for their 5 favourite native birds and then a winning species is announced. Photo credit: New Zealand Trails This year, and every year, we’re backing the Kea. As well […]


Welcome Home ZK-JRR

We are proud to welcome ZK-JRR back to the fleet. Our GippsAero GA8 Airvan has undergone a full rebranding. We’d like to thank Frew’s Restorations up north in Auckland for the incredible paint job! We can’t wait to take our lovely passengers to Milford Sound, Mt. Cook and beyond in JRR. The stunning red tail, […]


Spring has sprung

The daffodils are blooming, the grass is turning greener and the waterfalls are now as plentiful as ever. And so are the savings! Our Spring Promotion is now available. Book with us through our website during the months of September, October and November and save 10% off your scenic flight to either Milford Sound or […]


Our incredible Mt. Cook adventures have landed

Glenorchy Air is excited to announce our new partnership with Mt. Cook Ski Planes and Helicopters, offering up an incredible range of Mt. Cook adventures departing daily with us from Queenstown.


TripAdvisor Hall of Fame

We’ve earned a Certificate of Excellence for the eight year in a row! This means that Glenorchy Air has again qualified for the Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame. The biggest thank you to all our wonderful customers. Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We really appreciate it. Certificate of Excellence award honors businesses that […]