Milford Sound Airport is a small domestic airport located in Milford Sound, New Zealand. It is situated in the Fiordland National Park, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most scenic areas of New Zealand. The airport is primarily used for scenic flights and tourist activities, with regular flights departing from Queenstown and Te Anau.
The airport is operated by the Milford Sound Airport Limited, which is a subsidiary of the Fiordland Aero Club. The runway at Milford Sound Airport is 737 meters long and is surrounded by stunning natural beauty, with the towering peaks of the Southern Alps visible in the distance.
The airport was originally constructed in the 1950s to serve as a base for topdressing operations in the surrounding farmland. However, over time, it became an important hub for tourists who wanted to explore the stunning scenery of Fiordland National Park. Today, the airport handles around 40,000 passengers per year, with most visitors taking part in scenic flights over the Milford Sound and surrounding area.
One of the most popular activities at the airport is a scenic flight over the Milford Sound. Visitors can take a 20-30 minute flight that provides stunning views of the waterfalls, mountains, and glaciers of the region. The airport is also a popular starting point for hikers who want to explore the Milford Track, which is one of the most famous hiking trails in New Zealand.
Despite its popularity, Milford Sound Airport has faced some challenges in recent years. The airport is situated in a remote area with challenging weather conditions, and the runway is subject to frequent closures due to heavy rainfall and high winds. Nevertheless, the airport remains an important gateway for visitors to experience the breathtaking scenery of Fiordland National Park.