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Air Fiordland. Air Fiordland provides a range of scenic flights on its fixed-wing aircraft; including to Milford Sound from Te Anau or Queenstown with prices hovering around NZ$400. It also has combined packages that include a cruise ($450) or you can fly to Milford Sound for a cruise then fly to Glenorchy for a jet boat ride on the Dart River. (NZ$610) Transport to/from most accommodation in Queenstown/Te Anau's included. Manapouri Airport, Te Anau. 03/249–6720 or 0800/107–505. www.airfiordland.co.nz.
Southern Lakes Helicopters. Once you've seen the movie Ata Whenua at Fiordland Cinema you'll want to take to the air and see some of this scenery for yourself (or do the flight first and see the movie after!). Either way this helicopter company has operated successfully here for more than 25 years and has an excellent reputation. The Southern Lakes pilots have a wealth of knowledge and experience flying in this World Heritage area and offer scenic flights that can be taylor made. Lakefront Dr., Te Anau, 9640. 03/249–7167. www.southernlakeshelicopters.co.nz. From $NZ195.
Wings and Water Te Anau. Wings and Water Te Anau operates scenic flights with a floatplane that takes travellers to some of the region's most inaccessible areas, including a 10-minute trip over Lake Te Anau, Lake Manapouri, and the Kepler Track and longer flights over Doubtful, Dusky, and Milford Sounds. 03/249–7405. www.wingsandwater.co.nz. From NZ$95.