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Southern Alps Air - Scenic Flights

Address: 12 Lloyd Dunn Ave | Wanaka Airport SH6, Wanaka, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3-443 4385
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Owner description: Try the Milford Sound Glacier Flight & Cruise from Wanaka with Southern Alps Air. WHY? because of...
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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.

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Part of our Active Adventures New Zealand trip was a scenic flight into Siberia Valley. I have never been on a small plane before, but I absolutely loved it. Our pilot was very nice and shared a lot of information about the plane itself when one of our group members was asking nervous questions like "where are the emergency exits?!"... More 

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Manchester
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

This is a really memorable way to visit Milford Sound. Friendly informative and professional staff and the experience of flying in a smallplane over the Southern Alps and down the sound are exceptional. A real highlight of our NZ holiday. Stunning scenery. We flew at 8.45 am so we arrived at Milford long before the bus tours roll up and... More 

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michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

We are staying in Wannaka, New Zealand. We wanted to see Milford sound, but not take a long bus ride from queenstown. We took a flight with southern alps air and missed having to deal with crowds of people and buses at Milford sound. The pilot and copilot were very friendly and informative. They let us take our time when... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Our pilot, Ross, and his assistant pilot, Will, took us on a flight we will never forget. It was the absolute highlight of our trip to New Zealand. Whilst Milford Sound is stunning, nothing prepared us for the scenery as we flew there and back. To see lakes in mountain crevices, waterfalls, new dams formed by recent landslides, are just... More 

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Bransgore, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

The flight was fantastic (this coming from someone who is scared of planes), with only 6 people in a plane it was nice and personal, commentary was excellent and scenery was breathtaking. We have done the trip to milford sound twice, once by bus from queenstown and once flying with these guys from wanaka. I thoroughly recommend the flying option.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Our trip to Milford Sound from Wanaka with Southern Alps Air with the attached cruise was the best part of our entire NZ holiday. The booking staff and pilot were friendly and helpful, the flight was smooth with breath taking scenery, excellent commentary from our experienced and knowledgable pilot Paul, and a comfortable baby seat for our little one, so... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

We took the Milford sound flight/cruise from Wanaka and what a great trip!! Easy to book, Nick the pilot met us at the airport, was super friendly, informative and a good pilot!! The flight was incredible, so much more to see at lower altitudes compared with commercial flights, great commentary all the way through the flight, Nick not only pointed... More 

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Wanaka, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

The Milford Sound flight and cruise was one of the best experiences of my life - a once in a lifetime experience - but I will save up for it again!. The service was friendly, efficient and despite the fact that this was the smallest plane I had ever been in, the pilot made me feel I was in safe... More 

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Wanaka, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

The whole experience was truly amazing from first contact with the company being welcomed to the office, the pilot gave a detailed briefing and the excellent commentary on the flight and of course the weather was exceptional with amazing views. The Milford sound cruise on the smaller more personalised boat was a great partner for this activity as staff moved... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

The Milford sound flight and cruise was just incredible - a once in a lifetime trip that I am so glad I chose. I was picked up from my Wanaka Motel and taken to the airport. A small plane with 5 other passengers flew us over the mountains, breathtaking views and the pilot pointed out landmarks. The cruise was also... More 

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