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Southern Alps Air - Scenic Flights

#10 of 58 Tours in Wanaka
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Address: 12 Lloyd Dunn Avenue | Wanaka Airport SH6, Wanaka 9382, New Zealand
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Try the Milford Sound Glacier Flight & Cruise from Wanaka with Southern...

Try the Milford Sound Glacier Flight & Cruise from Wanaka with Southern Alps Air. WHY? because of where Wanaka is located geographically in relation to Milford Sound you will FLY FURTHER - the circular flight path is 1hr 30mins. SEE MORE glaciers, waterfalls, the Olivine Ice Plateau & Mt Aspiring up close + more. SAVE TIME The drive from Wanaka to Milford Sound is 10hrs return. Enjoy the Milford flight & 2hr Mitre Peak Boat Cruise and you need only allow 4 hours return. Option of Heli Glacier Landing while at Milford Sound. ALSO Mt Cook & Mt Aspiring options or the amazing

FLY-WALK-JETBOAT Experiences of Siberia Experience or Blue Pools Nature Experience. Our experienced team provide a friendly and professional service. During your flight, enjoy a personalized commentary and uninterrupted views from your window seat. Qualmark and Enviro endorsed locally owned and operated family business. Department of Conservation approved operator with an excellent safety record.

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Amazing flight around Mt Cook

As a pilot myself, I have to admit that the scenic flight around Mt Cook with Southern Alps Air was likely the most scenic flight I have experienced within NZ. Perfect weather... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Cody C

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Reviewed 1 week ago

As a pilot myself, I have to admit that the scenic flight around Mt Cook with Southern Alps Air was likely the most scenic flight I have experienced within NZ. Perfect weather ensured we experienced the most amazing scenery that the South Island has to offer, and our pilot Bayleigh was friendly and knowledgable, ensuring everyone thoroughly enjoyed the flight.... More 

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SouthernAlpsAir, Pilot at Southern Alps Air - Scenic Flights, responded to this review

Dear Cody C, Thank you for reviewing Southern Alps Air on TripAdvisor. We always strive to fulfill guests expectations and we are pleased to receive your feedback, that on this occasion we have succeeded and you had a perfect day! On behalf of the team, it was a pleasure to fly you and thank you for choosing us. Kind regards,... More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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29 reviews
12 attraction reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Having grown weary of driving the entire length of New Zealand, we decided rather last minute that we wanted to fly to Milford Sound to save us the 10 hour plus drive. We booked a flight for next day and were pleased when the weather held up. Bayleigh was our pilot and she was fantastic! She showed us some excellent... More 

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SouthernAlpsAir, Pilot at Southern Alps Air - Scenic Flights, responded to this review

Dear Aretheremonkeys, Thank you for reviewing Southern Alps Air on TripAdvisor. It is wonderful to hear that your last minute decision to join us to Milford Sound paid off. It certainly beats the long drive! My favourite photo is taken from the aircraft looking down on the Clutha River. Only when you fly from Wanaka are you lucky enough to... More 

Palm Cove, Australia
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were booked to do the Siberia Experience, but we were very disappointed that due to windy weather it was cancelled. But as the saying goes "things happen for a reason" we were taken on a private flight over Wanaka, mountains and glaciers. AWESOME. Thank you Alex great flight. We took some amazing photos.

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SouthernAlpsAir, Pilot at Southern Alps Air - Scenic Flights, responded to this review

Dear Kfound6, Thank you for taking the time to review Southern Alps Air on TripAdvisor. With all our excursions being weather dependant we sometimes unfortunately have to cancel flights due to bad weather. We were thrilled we could come up with a 'Plan B' for you and take you on a wonderful flight around Mt Aspiring and the Glaciers. We... More 

Wanaka, New Zealand
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3 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Thanks to Southern Alps Air we had an incredible experience. Scenic flight from Wanaka to Milford Sound, there we got on a cruise, organized by Southern Alps, and then scenic flight back to Wanaka. Breathtaking views both from the air as from the boat. All was very well organized. We loved the fact that Southern Alps is a family run... More 

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SouthernAlpsAir, Pilot at Southern Alps Air - Scenic Flights, responded to this review

Hi an26a Thank you for taking the time to give feedback on our fantastic Milford Sound Experience. We believe the best way to experience Milford Sound is by air and water if you have the time. We take pride in the fact we are a family operated company and really enjoy talking to and getting to know the guests we... More 

kaiapoi
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Reviewed 18 April 2017

My sister and I had the absolute pleasure of seeing a piece of paradise from the sky. Our pilots Bayleigh and Alex were very informative and gave a fantastic commentary of everything the eye could see.The weather certainly turned it on ,to add to what was a magical journey.Thanks to everyone involved and we will certainly be recommending Southern Alps... More 

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SouthernAlpsAir, Pilot at Southern Alps Air - Scenic Flights, responded to this review

Dear tony m, Thank you for your amazing recommendation of Southern Alps Air to the TripAdvisor community. It sounds like you had a brilliant day in Milford Sound. You were certainly fortunate to get a perfectly sunny day, Milford has up to 7 meters of rain per year so those blue bird days are are always welcome! On behalf of... More 

Fareham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 April 2017

This was by far the best experience of our whole NZ trip. Both my wife and me enjoyed it so much and the views are just stunning and the landscape is beautiful. The pilot was very good and kept us informed of what we were seeing the whole time. The photographs taken do not do the scenery justice at all... More 

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SouthernAlpsAir, Pilot at Southern Alps Air - Scenic Flights, responded to this review

Dear Brigham69, What a great review of your glacier flight and cruise with Southern Alps Air. Thank you for taking the time to pass on your knowledge to future travellers. We agree the views of the glaciers, mountains and Milford Sound itself, enjoyed from the air are absolutely stunning, I hope you made some great memories and we see you... More 

Angaston, Australia
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Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

The whole experience was amazing. The mountain views were spectacular, our pilot Will was very knowledgeable about all the valleys, gorges, glaciers, mountain peaks and rivers. The boat trip on Milford Sound equally impressive but such a contrast from seeing it from the air. I would highly recommend this trip. So worthwhile. Thank you.

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SouthernAlpsAir, Pilot at Southern Alps Air - Scenic Flights, responded to this review

Dear RMReynolds, Thank you for taking the time to review Southern Alps Air on TripAdvisor. The views from the plane are certainly amazing, it is such a unique perspective that takes your breath away, due to the sheer scale and beauty of the wonderful sights you are seeing. On behalf of your pilot Will, thank you for choosing to fly... More 

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Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

My nearly 13 y.o and I went to Milford on Scenic Air and LOVED it. Informative, awesome pilot, great service. Loved the flight and cruise! WOW!! Thanks so much. So glad we chose to fly rather than drive! Much better view!

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SouthernAlpsAir, Pilot at Southern Alps Air - Scenic Flights, responded to this review

Dear TripAdvisor member, Thank you for the praise of your Milford Sound Glacier Flight & Cruise experience with Southern Alps Air! The flights in and out of Milford certainly beat the six hour coach journey each way and even though the road is spectacular, the views from our aircraft are simply breathtaking! On behalf of your pilot Alex, thank you... More 

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Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

Beautiful flight and superb pilot Will. Thanks for the memories. Our group was in awe of the scenery and raw beauty of the landscape. A trip of a lifetime.

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SouthernAlpsAir, Pilot at Southern Alps Air - Scenic Flights, responded to this review

Dear Jay L, Thank you for your five star review of Southern Alps Air. It is our aim to exceed our guest’s expectations of their once in a life time excursion and we are pleased to hear that we have been successful! On behalf of your pilot Will, thank you for choosing to fly with us. Kind regards, Bayleigh. More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed 8 April 2017

We did the fly into Siberia hut, 7km walk and jetboat with Wilkin River Jets. What a fantastic trip! We live here (locally in Queenstown) and were completely wowed by the scenery and the sheer mountainscape. We hike regulalry through NZ beech forest and this was as beautiful as anywhere else we've walked. The skill of the pilot and jetboat... More 

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SouthernAlpsAir, Pilot at Southern Alps Air - Scenic Flights, responded to this review

Dear Nzedfi, Thank you for your 5 star review of our ultimate wilderness excursion. It is always such a pleasure to host local kiwis and show off our backyard! During the flight you see glaciers, ice, snow, mountian lakes, hanging valleys and vast rain forests, so that from the ground you can really appreciate the dramatic unspoiled beauty. On behalf... More 

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