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Southern Alps Air

48 Helwick Street, Wanaka, New Zealand
+64 (0)3 443 4385
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Ranked #12 of 48 activities in Wanaka
Type: Tours
Owner description: Scenic flights through New Zealand's breathtaking landscape. Southern Alps Air, operating from the lakeside township of Wanaka and Makarora. Our... more » Owner description: Scenic flights through New Zealand's breathtaking landscape. Southern Alps Air, operating from the lakeside township of Wanaka and Makarora. Our experienced pilots provide a friendly and professional service. During your chosen flight, enjoy a personalized commentary and uninterrupted views from your window seat. « less
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Wanaka, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

Milford Sound is an outstandingly beautiful place and I would definitely recommend flying there as the best option. Driving from Wanaka would have taken us around 5 hours but flying took a mere 40 minutes. The flight was far beyond my expectations; flying over Mt. Aspiring and endless untouched glaciers was one of the most incredible experiences I have had.... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

Booked at 4 pm thru the visitors center and they did the flight to Mount Cook just for the two of us. Perfect weather conditions, good commentary.

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

The flight with Southern Alps Air was one of the best experiences we had during our trip in New Zealand. We were intending to drive to Milford Sound from Queenstown, which was our next stop from Wanaka but the weather had other plans. This option was the only way we were going to get to see the area before bad... More

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Lansing, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

This was the highlight of our New Zealand trip! We were lucky and had a beautiful, clear day. The views from the plane were unbelievably beautiful. And landing at Milford Sound was exciting. The pilot provided information during the flight. His piloting skill was obvious, so we felt very comfortable during the flight to and from the Sound. Everyone at... More

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

The flight with Southern Alps Air was THE best experience we've had in New Zealand. We had originally booked the Milford Sound flyover from Wanaka, but were offered the opportunity to land briefly at Milford Sound at no extra cost, because the other 3 passengers on the plane had booked a flight + brief landing. The flight was just awesome,... More

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Latrobe, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

Excellent pilot who provided great information throughout, flight around Mt Aspiring was simply amazing ... superb views of glaciers too. Kids 4 and under travel free. One of the highlights of our stay at Wanaka

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SouthernAlpsAir, Owner at Southern Alps Air, responded to this review

The Southern Alps Air Team are delighted that you enjoyed the amazing views so much. Thank you for choosing to fly with us, we enjoyed your company and sharing this experience with you. We are so lucky to live on the back door of such a spectacular landscape here in Wanaka. Our pilots enjoy sharing their vast knowledge of the... More

New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

We booked our Milford Sound & Cruise trip with Southern Alps Air and we planned our day around this most expensive activity for our family of four. Day was beautiful and we confirmed everything was fine 30 min before flight. We were very exited to fly to Milford sound, land there, take a 2hr cruise on the Sound, and then... More

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SouthernAlpsAir, Owner at Southern Alps Air, responded to this review

Thanks for your feedback. We are sorry you felt you made the wrong decision to fly that day. The situation does occasionally arise where we need to make a decision during the flight regarding the safety of landing. I am sure the possible options were explained prior to departure and the choice to travel would have been yours. Our pilots... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013

Very friendly staff throughout. The flight takes in Mt Aspiring which can only been seen closely from the air. The commentary on board was interesting. The boat trip on the Milford Sound was wonderful..... It was a smaller boat than some and this enabled us to get close up to the waterfalls and penguins. Great commentary on the boat too.... More

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SouthernAlpsAir, Owner at Southern Alps Air, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments on your Milford Sound Glacier Flight from Wanaka. We are delighted that you enjoyed the service we provided and the magnificent scenery that we feel privileged to have the opportunity to share with visitors to our little corner of the world. It is a glorious day in Milford Sound again today - very similar to... More

London, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

We took a flight from Wanaka to Milford Sound. Although the weather was stunning in Wanaka, the people at Southern Alps Air made it very clear to us that the weather in Milford Sound was very cloudy. They made it clear that our flight-and-boat package was 99% likely to become a flight-only trip with a short stop in Milford. They... More

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SouthernAlpsAir, Owner at Southern Alps Air, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of the Milford Sound Glacier Flight that we had the opportunity to share with you. The situation of not being able to stay for the boat cruise due to weather does not occur very often but we do our best to give our guests all of the relevant information to ensure they make an informed... More

Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

From the telephone call to the trip itself the service was excellent. When we arrived for the flight Ross explained that the weather in Milford Sound wasn't great so we would be delayed. Ross tracked us down in the Warbirds museum cafe and informed us that the weather had cleared and our trip was on. The flight over to Milford... More

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