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Southern Alps Air - Scenic Flights

#12 of 57 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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A great way to visit Milford Sound with the added benefit of 2 senic flights. Our best experience in a South Island touring holiday. Amazing flying into Milford airfield. The... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
MrsCaro
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Wellington, New Zealand

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A great way to visit Milford Sound with the added benefit of 2 senic flights. Our best experience in a South Island touring holiday. Amazing flying into Milford airfield. The cruise boat was the right size and having a beautiful day enabled very close up expriences of seals, dolphin, and waterfalls. Great staff.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Very efficient way to admire the Milford Sound from Wanaka in a half Day. Impressive flight over the mountains, gorgeous sighseeing in thé Sound on a particularly sunny Day. All people very nice and very professional. Many thanks to all of them and to the accomodating weather.

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

Dear AryastarkJackpat, Thank you for the great five star review you have written for us, we appreciate your recommendation for future travellers. I am so glad you had an amazing time on your Milford Sound Glacier Flight & Cruise. The combination of scenic flight and cruise is a truly wonderful way to experience Fiordland and to see it from all... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I count our Siberia Experience as one of THE highlights of our New Zealand visit. The plane ride was excellent with CLOSE UP views of the glacier and mountains. I only wish the description of the "meadow hike" had been more realistic in mentioning the considerable climb and descent. (Oh my knees!) Also we hiked on our... More 

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

Dear Christine J, Thank you for your 5 star review of Southern Alps Air. We are thrilled to read that you had a wonderful time on our Siberia Experience. This is an ultimate wilderness excursion which gets you up close and personal with nature including a beautiful 25 minute flight, a 3 hour walk and a 30 minute jet boat... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

As part of our trip to New Zealand we did a spectacular flight with Southern Alps Air around Mount Aspiring and the surrounding glaciers. We stumbled across this company on the drive down from Franz Josef having had a Heli hike the previous day cancelled due to bad weather and were delighted they were able to fit us on even... More 

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

Dear Emily G, Thank you for taking the time to review your excursion with us on TripAdvisor, it was a pleasure to fly you and I really appreicate that you spelt my name right! I am pleased to hear you thoroughly enjoyed your first experience in a small aircraft, it was wonderful to see such big smiles the whole flight.... More 

Hoboken, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

They were very accommodating for us given our flight was canceled for weather on our originally scheduled day. The morning flight was beautiful - pilots were very nice. 6 seater and a smooth flight with nice commentary. The boat only took about 50 passengers - may sound like a lot but the other boats at the port were huge. We... More 

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

Dear Catchthefever22, Thank you for your five star review of your excursion with Southern Alps Air! It sounds like you had a brilliant day in Milford Sound. You were certainly fortunate to get a beautiful sunny day, Milford Sound has up to 7 meters of rain per year so those blue bird days are are always welcome! We are also... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We suggest that the excursion to Milford Sound be flight-seeing ONLY, no landing or boat ride. Our Southern Alps Air flight-and-Cruise landing was aborted because of high winds coupled with the less-experienced pilot (vendor admitted). Their other 2 flights immediately ahead of us, carrying other members of our group, with more experienced pilots, landed without incident. The Sound is narrow... More 

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Wanaka, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An awesome day visiting Milford Sound.Southern Alps Air ,provide a first class service to visit this outstanding area.a very friendly ,proffesional crew highly recommended

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

Dear John A, Thank you for your five star review of Southern Alps Air. We pride ourselves on having friendly and professional staff, and being called "first class service" is certainly rewarding. On behalf of the whole team, thank you for choosing to fly with us to Milford Sound and best wishes for your future travels. Kind regards, Bayleigh More 

Ottawa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was a great experience. Great weather, wonderful flight with mountains, lakes, glaciers and Milford Sound. The cruise was on a smaller boat and the scenery was wonderful. We stopped for dolphins, seals and a penguin as well as waterfalls - we could get almost under one waterfall. Excellent trip.

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

Dear Maureen M, Thank you for your fantastic recommendation of Southern Alps Air to the TripAdvisor community. It sounds like you had a wonderful day in Milford Sound; dolphins, seals and penguins - I'm jealous! Thank you again for your review and recommendation to future travellers! Kind regards, Bayleigh More 

Chania Prefecture, Greece
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is the flight of a lifetime, flying over the mountains to Milford Sound. We had the yellow 8 seater plane and Will? I think that was his name, kept us well informed as we flew. He made sure we were all comfortable, the trip was a great experience.

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

Dear Ann C, Thank you for taking your time to review us on TripAdvisor. We are thrilled you had a "trip of a life time" with us. Our new bright yellow GA8 Airvan is our ultimate passenger aircraft with every seat having a big bubble window. Will is indeed a super cool pilot! He sends his regards and thanks you... More 

Woodland, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had heard that a trip to Milford Sound was a must-do. The bus tour, cruise, bus return from Wanaka would have made for a very long day. We booked the Southern Alps fly, cruise, fly from Wanaka to Milford Sound. We booked early in our stay, and it was good that we did, as the weather didn't cooperate a... More 

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

Dear Gshe2016, Thank you for reviewing us. It is lovely to receive your five star review, we are pleased to hear that you had an excellent time with us. For future travellers we recommend booking on your first available day in Wanaka, so that if weather be inclement on your first day of travel you have maximum flexiblity to roll... More 

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