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Southern Alps Air - Private Flights

12 Lloyd Dunn Ave | Wanaka Airport SH6, Wanaka, New Zealand
+64 (0)3 443 4385
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Ranked #14 of 51 activities in Wanaka
Type: Tours
Owner description: Try the Milford Sound Glacier Flight & Cruise from Wanaka with Southern Alps Air. WHY? because of where Wanaka is located geographically in relation... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Wanaka, New Zealand
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014 via mobile

What a beautiful trip! The flight over snow capped mountains including views of the majestic Mount Aspiring and then all the way out the Tasman sea and into Milford sound is amazing. The cruise gets you up and close to the waterfalls. Watch out where you are standing outside, the boat comes so close to the waterfalls, you will get... More

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SouthernAlpsAir, Owner at Southern Alps Air - Private Flights, responded to this review

We were delighted to have the opportunity to share this spectacular landscape with you en-route to Milford Sound. Thank you for taking the time to experience this special part of the world with us. We really appreciate your thoughtful review. Thank you for letting us know that you had a wonderful time, we certainly enjoyed having the chance to show... More

San Diego, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

Our family of 6 took the fly - cruise - fly trip from Wanaka to Milford Sound. We had a lovely day. We were the only ones on our plane. The pilot pointed out all the landmarks below. It was just gorgeous to see the mountains, glaciers, lakes and rivers from the air. The cruise on Milford sound was fantastic.... More

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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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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
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 - Private Flights, 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 - Private Flights, 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

United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
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 - Private Flights, 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

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