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Reviewed 10 May 2017 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 sights and whisked us right on to our cruising boat at Milford Sound. Both legs of the flight went exceedingly well and I really appreciated Bayleigh's lovely sense of humor! Thanks for everything, Southern Alps Air!!!

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank Aretheremonkeys
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SouthernAlpsAir, Pilot at Southern Alps Air - Scenic Flights, responded to this reviewResponded 12 May 2017

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 see the largest river in the South Island!

On behalf of the team, it was a pleasure to fly you and thank you for choosing us. :)

Kind regards,
Bayleigh.

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Reviewed 2 May 2017

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.

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank Kfound6
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SouthernAlpsAir, Pilot at Southern Alps Air - Scenic Flights, responded to this reviewResponded 3 May 2017

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 are pleased you had a wonderful adventure around the highest mountain in Wanaka standing at just over 3000 meters tall!

On behalf of your pilot Alex and the team here at Southern Alps Air, thank you for choosing to fly with us.

Kind regards,
Bayleigh.

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Reviewed 27 April 2017

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 company which shows in their approach and the way they take care of details. We definitely recommend Southern Alps for what they offer!

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank an26a
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SouthernAlpsAir, Pilot at Southern Alps Air - Scenic Flights, responded to this reviewResponded 29 April 2017

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 fly.

On behalf of the Southern Alps Air team thank you for flying with us.

Regards
Alex

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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 Air.

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank tony m
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SouthernAlpsAir, Pilot at Southern Alps Air - Scenic Flights, responded to this reviewResponded 19 April 2017

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 Alex and the whole team at Southern Alps Air, it was a pleasure to fly you and thank you again for your high endorsements to future travellers.

Kind regards,
Bayleigh

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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 and you have to really see it all to take it in. Going across the southern alps was brilliant and the flight into the sound (fjord) was something else.

Likewise, the boat trip through the sound was superb with the 'Master' of the boat keeping all passengers informed of what we were viewing. The boat has complimentary tea and coffee, but you will need to take something to eat with you, as no food is available on the cruise.

Words really cannot describe how brilliant this trip was and if you do just one thing visiting New Zealand, this is the one to do. It was worth every single penny.

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank Brigham69
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SouthernAlpsAir, Pilot at Southern Alps Air - Scenic Flights, responded to this reviewResponded 19 April 2017

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 have some lovely photographs even though you say it can not do it justice!

We love the photos you shared, our favourite one is of Mt Cook! Even though we are far away from our tallest mountain in NZ you can still see it from your flight from Wanaka.

On behalf of the team, thank you for choosing to fly with us.

Kind reagards,
Bayleigh.

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