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Siberia Experience

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12 Lloyd Dunn Avenue | Wanaka Airport, Wanaka 9382, New Zealand
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What an epic day!

My wife and I spent 5 days in Wanaka after our wedding and wanted to do at least one epic... read more

Reviewed 12 March 2018
M3K_C
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Dunedin
More weather dependent than using the nearby helicopter service.

We had booked the Siberia Experience for 28 February 2018 and were looking forward to it as a trip... read more

Reviewed 7 March 2018
Nomanadies
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London, United Kingdom
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SIBERIA EXPERIENCE - Scenic Flight - Bush & Valley Walk -Jetboat Safari. Allow 4 hours to experience this unique New Zealand Wilderness Adventure in Mount Aspiring World Heritage National Park. Experience 3 of NZ's most popular activities in an exciting 4 hour encounter with nature. Operating since 1975 and described by many as a "MUST DO" Adventure. The scenic flight with Southern Alps Air begins from Makarora Valley(near Wanaka).Enjoy spectacular views from window seats of glaciers, waterfalls and plunging river valleys amongst the native forest and towering mountains of the Southern Alps. Your flight ends with landing amongst the mountains in the remote Siberia Valley where your 2.5-3hr walk begins. The freedom walk is 6.8km with a combination of flat, up-hill & down-hill sections. The track/trail is clearly defined and easy to follow as you set off across the flats and Siberia Stream and on to the track proper which leads you to the jetboat pick up point in the Wilkin Valley. Rendezvouz at the rivers edge at a pre-arranged time with Wilkin River Jets for a 30 minute scenic and thrilling ride back to where your Siberia Experience began. Suitable for all ages with an average/reasonably good fitness level. Easier walk for similar Fly-Walk-Jetboat Experience is Blue Pools Nature Experience - the trail is the same distance but basically flat.
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12 Lloyd Dunn Avenue | Wanaka Airport, Wanaka 9382, New Zealand

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Reviewed 12 March 2018

My wife and I spent 5 days in Wanaka after our wedding and wanted to do at least one epic adventure. We picked the Siberia Experience. Compared to the price of other combo tours involving flights the Siberia Experience is very reasonable. The flight was...More

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SouthernAlpsAir, Guest Relations Manager at Siberia Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 14 March 2018

M3K_C, Thank you for taking the time to review your day on the Siberia Experience. We are delighted you had a wonderful time exploring the NZ wilderness of Mt Aspiring National Park by air, land and water. This adventure does give a real-snapshot of the...More

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Reviewed 7 March 2018

We had booked the Siberia Experience for 28 February 2018 and were looking forward to it as a trip of a lifetime. However, when we phoned the company on the morning of the flight we were told that it had been cancelled due to the...More

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SouthernAlpsAir, Guest Relations Manager at Siberia Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Nomanadies, We appreciate you booking the Siberia Experience. Unfortunately, the weather conditions on 28 February 2018 did not meet our stringent safety standards. We have been operating for 30+ years with an excellent safety record and are always disappointed for both ourselves and our clients...More

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Reviewed 8 February 2018 via mobile

We had a great day out Weather perfect Started with a flight which took you up close to the mountains great views and photos Then the trek which was very good through the woods Crossing the stream to start wakes you up as freezing cold...More

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SouthernAlpsAir, Guest Relations Manager at Siberia Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 9 February 2018

Hi Marin D, Thanks so much for your wonderful review on our Siberia Experience! It was our pleasure coordinating and providing this experience for you. The flight into Siberia Valley truly is magical and the package of activities is unbeatable, especially for the price! Thank...More

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Reviewed 24 January 2018

I booked this as a surprise for my husband's birthday and we all loved it! Everything was very efficiently organised. The plane ride was just stunning with amazing views and great local information. The water crossing was chilling but nothing crazy and all part of...More

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SouthernAlpsAir, Guest Relations Manager at Siberia Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 31 January 2018

excitedtravellergirl, We love that you booked The Siberia Experience as surprise for your husband's birthday and we are so glad to hear that all of you enjoyed it! There's so much to love about this experience and the scenery is incredible. We love sharing this...More

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Reviewed 20 December 2017 via mobile

Professional and friendly staff, beautiful flight into the mountains (with some useful guide info) followed by a picturesque hike through the valley and then a jet boat trip back to base to top it off. Highly recommended.More

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SouthernAlpsAir, Guest Relations Manager at Siberia Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 22 January 2018

Hi Charlie P, Thank you for taking time to send feedback about your experience. One of the highlights of the Siberia Experience is the remote bush walk. Walking amongst the native bush and some of New Zealand's most stunning scenery is a unique experience. Especially...More

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Reviewed 11 December 2017

We were lucky with the weather - we wanted to go on Sunday but they recommended Saturday and they were spot on. The flight was just magic. If there is one thing that would be better about the walk, and this has nothing to do...More

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SouthernAlpsAir, Owner at Siberia Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 13 December 2017

Thank you for taking the time to review your Siberia Experience. This is a great kiwi experience incorporating 3 amazing experiences in four action packed hours. We are delighted that you enjoyed your day in the wilderness of Mt Aspiring National Park with us and...More

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Reviewed 20 November 2017

We went on the Siberia Experience yesterday & were spoilt with a beautiful clear warm day. I was lucky enough to get the front seat on the flight which meant for great views all round, although at least everyone gets a window seat. Paul our...More

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SouthernAlpsAir, Owner at Siberia Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 22 November 2017

Thank you for taking the time to review your experience - the weather has been amazing - perfect for your day amongst the mountains of Mt Aspiring National Park and the Southern Alps. Siberia Experience is a fantastic way to see and feel the New...More

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Reviewed 29 September 2017

My wife and I and a couple from Berlin, NH went down to Wanaka in January of 2011. It was high summer "down under" and we were on the South Island to fish and trek. Ron told us of the "Siberia Experience" and we book...More

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SouthernAlpsAir, Owner at Siberia Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 5 October 2017

Thank you for taking the time to review your day on the Siberia Experience. We are delighted you had a wonderful time exploring the NZ wilderness of Mt Aspiring National Park by Air, Land and water. This adventure does give a real snap-shot of the...More

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Reviewed 6 May 2017

We were very lucky weather wise the day we did this. Could not have asked for a nicer day. The scenic flight in is stunning. Landing in the remote Siberia valley was a novel experience. After the plane flys out you are on your own...More

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SouthernAlpsAir, Pilot at Siberia Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 8 May 2017

Hi Chris S Thank you for taking time to send feedback about your experience. One of the highlights of the Siberia Experience is the remote bush walk. Walking amongst the native bush and some of New Zealand's most stunning scenery is a unique experience. Especially...More

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Reviewed 30 March 2017

We really enjoyed the small plane ride and descent onto the grassy airstrip - walking through the stream was fine - be sure to wear crocs, sandals etc. and bring small towel and sandfly repellant. They go for you as soon as you reach the...More

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Hi There Please find a description of the walk below - we suggest you need average to good fitness levels - you need to know you can walk for 3 hour with some up & down-hill sections. The walk starts at 600 meters (2000... More
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