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Southern Alps Air - Scenic Flights

Wanaka, New Zealand
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About Southern Alps Air - Scenic Flights
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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KiwiG wrote a review Apr 2022
Pukekohe, New Zealand1 contribution
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We lucked in to getting a reasonable deal whilst in Wanaka. We had a couple of slightly nervous flyers but the nervousness soon went away with the calming confidence of our Pilot Angus and the magnificent scenery. Flying at a low altitude thru the Southern Alps close to the mountains is a fantastic experience so don’t let a fear of flying stop you. Angus is very knowledgeable and gave an amazing commentary both ways during the flight. The cruise was well run and very informative. The Skipper and crew were friendly, approachable and knowledgeable. I would recommend this trip to anyone. It is expensive but worth every penny.
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Date of experience: April 2022
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Marg wrote a review Jan 2022
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Spur of the moment decision and absolutely no regrets. Superb weather, great views, and comfortable aircraft. Pilot Michael gave an informative commentary knowing the area very well. The flight was comfortable and great bonus of landing in Milford for a walk around. A beautiful trip down memory lane for me and I will absolutely be back mid winter for another flight. Thanks Guys,
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Date of experience: January 2022
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KiwiPatC wrote a review Jun 2021
Brisbane, Australia469 contributions56 helpful votes
After four days of bad weather which the planes could not depart, there was finally a break. Southern Aps Air were fantastic for phoning and keeping me informed as to the likelihood on departures each day. Today was a horrid low cloud and mist in Wanaka, but I was told to check in again around 11am and then told that whilst it was raining at Milford they were seeing if all four passengers that were booked today wanted to do the shorter (and cheaper) Mt Aspiring trip. So a midday departure it was. Ryan checked us all in at the airport then took us out to his plane for an unbelievable and informative trip. Headphones were provided so you could hear Ryan's communication with the radio tower as well as his very descriptive information of our flight. The weather was so good up there you could clearly see Mt Cook some 65km away (see photo). All seats and very large windows for viewing and photo taking. Highly recommend Southern Alps Air.
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Date of experience: June 2021
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Ros G wrote a review Apr 2021
Auckland Central, New Zealand4 contributions
We had the most amazing experience recently flying up to Mt Aspiring with Michael Pearson as our pilot. I can only say that it was one of the most awe inspiring experiences I have ever had. I was a little nervous before we left, but Michael was so calm and steady in his flying and seeing the mountains and glacier so close was just incredible. I can highly recommend this experience to everyone who gets the chance. My only regret was that I hadn't done this earlier. I will be so keen to take another flight another day to a different location.
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Response from SOUTHERNALPSAIRNZ, Owner at Southern Alps Air - Scenic Flights
Responded 27 May 2021
Thanks so much for sharing your experience! We are so glad to hear you throughly enjoyed it and Michael was pleased to hear he put your mind at ease. We are incredibly lucky to be able to show off this part of the world. We absolutely would love to have you in the air with us again - hope to see you soon. Thanks again!
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ANZ787900 wrote a review Apr 2021
Auckland, New Zealand62 contributions63 helpful votes
A fantastic experience flying into Milford sound, this scenic flight takes you from Wanaka Airport which gives a longer flight time and arguably better scenery en-route than a flight from Queenstown - you'll fly up the Matukituki Valley fairly close to Mt Aspiring and if the weather is clear, you may have a view all the way up to Mt Cook. The return from Milford Sound takes you slightly north of Paradise back into Wanaka. The cabin of the Gippsland GA-8 is cosy but provides a comfortable flight with great views out the window. There is also an option for just taking the flights without the cruise - I did this because I had been done the cruise before. You get a couple of hours to explore the area around Milford Sound.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Response from SOUTHERNALPSAIRNZ, Owner at Southern Alps Air - Scenic Flights
Responded 27 May 2021
What a lovely review! Thanks so much for taking the time to share your experience. We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your trip in the Airvan. It's a privilege to be able to share this extraordinary landscape with passengers such as yourself. We hope to see you again one day. Thanks again!
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