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Southern Alps Air - Scenic Flights

#12 of 56 Tours in Wanaka
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Address: 12 Lloyd Dunn Ave | Wanaka Airport SH6, Wanaka 9382, New Zealand
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+64 3-443 4385
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Try the Milford Sound Glacier Flight & Cruise from Wanaka with Southern...

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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The best way to see some beautiful scenery

We had heard that a trip to Milford Sound was a must-do. The bus tour, cruise, bus return from Wanaka would have made for a very long day. We booked the Southern Alps fly, cruise... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Woodland, California

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Woodland, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We had heard that a trip to Milford Sound was a must-do. The bus tour, cruise, bus return from Wanaka would have made for a very long day. We booked the Southern Alps fly, cruise, fly from Wanaka to Milford Sound. We booked early in our stay, and it was good that we did, as the weather didn't cooperate a... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We are in our 60s, but took a 25 yer old seriously when he told us the best thing he did on his trip to NZ was the flight from Wanaka to Milford Sound with this company. He was absolutely right. Like others we had postponements due to weather, but it was worth it. Our friendly pilot, giving us quite... More 

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Thank TDH2016
San Mateo, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Went with Southern Alps Air on their fly cruise fly from Wanaka to Milford sound and back. The entire team was friendly attentive, professional, organized, knowledgable and fun. Saw tons of amazing scenery. I give Anne, Paul and their team my highest ratings

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Thank Ben C
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Did a fly and cruise over the southern alps and Milford sound. What a great trip. Welcoming staff when we arrived, and a super lady pilot. Weather was great which helps of course but the flight was brilliant, the surroundings explained and all done safely. Nice cruise on the sound and safe, informative flight back. Thankyou

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Thank Stephen T
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We flew to Milford Sound with these guys, and had an amazing experience; not just Milford Sound, but the scenery en-route is stunning. We had to wait a couple of days for the weather, but couldn't fault the customer-service or professionalism of the team, who kept us informed & then were working really hard, when the weather improved, to make... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If time is short than it will be a good option to Milford Sound by flight. Scenery is spectacular from the sky and the natural wildlife in Milford is worth for a visit.

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Thank smartdonald
SouthernAlpsAir, Pilot at Southern Alps Air - Scenic Flights, responded to this review

Dear smartdonald, Thank you for taking the time to review your recent excursion with us on TripAdvisor. It is fantastic to hear that you had and spectacular time during your excursion. We agree that if time is an issue the flight is worth it. The spectacular 40 minute flight beats the 6 hour drive any day. Not to mention the... More 

Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

Our family of 5 had 2 nights in Wanaka after a couple of ordinary and wet days on the West Coast. With limited time, Milford Sound would have been a tough commute, so we decided to do the flight tour via Wanaka - what a great experience. Amazing scenery with a totally different dimension from being at ground level. Bailey,... More 

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SouthernAlpsAir, Pilot at Southern Alps Air - Scenic Flights, responded to this review

Dear Craig and family, Thank you for taking your time to review us on TripAdvisor. We are delighted you had a wonderful time during your visit and it was a pleasure to fly you. Flying from Wanaka is a longer flight than Queenstown as you get to take in a lot more glaciers and of course Mt Aspiring. Most of... More 

Perth, Australia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

Before I put my thoughts down, I'll disclose that I have an aviation background and am aware of what the is to be expected in good quality charter operations, and unfortunately this company fails at Customer Service. Judging from reviews, the aviation service is clearly professional and of good, safe quality, however we did not get to the air due... More 

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

We are sorry you experienced inadequate customer service. We appreciate your suggestions for improvement and will address each of them individually. Flying from one side of New Zealand's Southern Alps to the other means we encounter a number of different weather patterns along the way which can change rapidly. Unfortunately working in this environment means when the weather is changing... More 

Ayr, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

The reviews say it all. Bird's eye view of snowy mountain vastness. A landing at Milford Sound surrounded by massive peaks. Stunning boat cruise. Made even better by the friendliness of the pilots and other staff. You may have to wait a little until weather conditions are suitable for takeoff but if you get a clear sunny day for this... More 

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SouthernAlpsAir, Pilot at Southern Alps Air - Scenic Flights, responded to this review

Dear anonguest2013 Thank you for your review. We are thrilled you had a great experience with us. Milford Sound is the only place in the world where the mountains rise one vertical mile straight from the ocean, which in our opinion is worthy to be named one of the eighth wonders of the world. Due to being a weather dependent... More 

Hue, Vietnam
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

We took the flight over Mount Cook, Fox, Franz Josef and the Tasman glaciers.......just wow!!!!! I have been on alot of flight tours around the world and these guys were just the best by far! The staff were extremely friendly and informative of what we would see on the flight and showed us clearly on the map. A very comfortable,smooth... More 

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SouthernAlpsAir, Pilot at Southern Alps Air - Scenic Flights, responded to this review

Dear Hannah J, Thank you for reviewing Southern Alps Air on TripAdvisor. We are ecstatic you enjoyed your flight deep into the heart of the Southern Alps. The scenery encountered during the trip is absolutely magical. Mt Cook is a wonderful destination being the tallest mountain in New Zealand. You also have dazzling views of the Fox, Franz and Tasman... More 

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