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Scenic Epic

Date: October 28th, 2016

Combine Milford Sound, Mount Cook and Mount Aspiring. A feast of stunning views not to be missed.

This epic flight takes in the rugged and dramatic scenery of South Westland World Heritage Area and includes numerous sights such as the Fox Glacier, Franz Josef Glacier, Tasman Glacier, Bonar and Volta Glaciers, as well as Mount Cook Aoraki, Mount Aspiring Tititea and Milford Sound Piopiotahi.

Tour Highlights

  • Milford Sound Piopiotahi
  • Mount Aspiring, Glaciers, Olivine Ice Plateau, waterfalls, Fiordland National Park and Mitre Peak
  • Mount Cook Aoraki and Glaciers
  • Mount Cook, rainforest, braided rivers and the South West New Zealand World Heritage Area
  • Mount Aspiring Tititea
  • Volta Glacier, Bonar Glacier, Southern Alps and Mount Aspiring National Park

Things to Bring

  • Camera
  • Sunglasses

Posted in: Milford Sound, Scenic Flights

Mt Cook

Date: October 28th, 2016

Plus Fox Glacier, Franz Josef Glacier and Tasman Glacier

Take a breathtaking flight around Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak. Fly over countless crystal clear lakes and snow clad mountains on your way to view the world famous Fox, Franz and Tasman glaciers deep in the heart of the Southern Alps.

Highlights

  • Mt Cook 12,346ft
  • Fox and Franz Glaciers
  • Tasman Glacier, the largest in the Southern Hemisphere
  • Fly into the heart of the Southern Alps
  • Pristine alpine lakes

What to bring

  • Camera

Posted in: Scenic Flights

Milford Flyover

Date: October 28th, 2016

If you don’t have the time to stay for the cruise we offer a brief landing or overfly option for Milford Sound. The flight route is the same only you don’t stay for the cruise.

Fly to Milford Sound through two of New Zealand’s most picturesque national parks. View alpine lakes nestled amongst soaring snow-capped mountain peaks and pristine glaciers, with vast rainforest and cascading waterfalls visible from every seat!

Highlights

  • Lake Wanaka
  • Mt Aspiring
  • Over 100 glaciers
  • Stunning Alpine lakes
  • Vast rainforests
  • Milford sound the 8th natural wonder of the world
  • Lake Wakapitu
  • Shotover River
  • Informative commentary

Trip information

  • Flights depart from Wanaka and Makarora Airport

What to bring

  • Camera
  • Sunglasses

Posted in: Milford Sound, Scenic Flights

Jetboat Makarora

Date: October 28th, 2016

Jet Boat – Uniquely Scenic

Explore one of New Zealand’s unique, untouched backcountry rivers in a personal way. Get up close with the Makarora River and surrounding picturesque valley wrapped in New Zealand native bush.  

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Highlights

  • Journey to the mouth of the Makarora River and headwaters of Lake Wanaka.
  • Explore the glacier fed waters of the clear blue Makarora River and get amongst native bush and pristine ice capped mountains.
  • Your experienced boat driver will provide informative commentary about the history and landscape.

History

This area is rich in the history of early pioneers including loggers floating logs all the way to the East Coast. Flax millers and farmers were based in the area.  Maori using the valley as a route to and from the West Coast to collect food and Pounamu.

Posted in: Siberia Experience

Blue Pools Nature Experience

Date: October 28th, 2016

Scenic Flight of Discovery ……………Pure Wilderness

30 minute scenic flight encompassing views of glaciers, Mt Aspiring, waterfalls, river valleys, Mt Awful, Mt Dreadful Mt Castor and Mt Pollux – all over 7000 feet and up to 10,000 feet. Jumboland, Wonderland, Wilkin Valley and many more highlights including the remote Siberia Valley – the circular flight path returns you to Makarora to continue on your adventure. Window seats for all

Walk – Clean Air, Clear Water …………..Pure Nature

From here relax and enjoy the views on the short drive by courtesy transport to the beginning of the 2.5 hour walk. The walk is on a well formed track through native beech forest which leads you to cross the first of 4 swing bridges and the clear and pure waters of the ‘Blue Pools’ – pristine, beautiful pools in the Blue River to linger at and enjoy while spotting fish. The Blue Pools are world renowned and voted by visitors to NZ as a “must do”. From here the track winds through native forest amongst the mountains of the Southern Alps near the banks of the Makarora River. Interesting and picturesque this is a very ancient setting only recently made easily accessible by the Department of Conservation forming a track through to link with the Young Valley track. Birdlife, nature and natural quiet are the most noticeable of experiences encountered during your relaxing walk on relatively flat terrain in this special part of the Mt Aspiring World Heritage National Park.

Jet boat – Uniquely Scenic ……………….Pure Fun

The track leads you to the meeting point at the mouth of the Young River where the jet boat will be waiting to whisk you off on a 1 hour scenic and spectacular journey through the Makarora Valley on the glacially fed waters of the clear, blue Makarora River. Feel the wind in your hair during your jet boat safari and be intrigued by the changing landscape as you journey to the mouth of the Makarora River and to the head waters of Lake Wanaka before returning to Makarora Village where your adventure began.

 

Experience a true New Zealand wilderness adventure. Fly, Walk, and Jet boat through New Zealand’s most spectacular Alpine environment on an adventure like no other.

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Highlights

Fly

  • Amongst Alpine valleys
  • Over beautiful mountain lakes and waterfalls
  • Past spectacular glaciers and snowcapped mountains.

Walk

  • Across open tussock flats
  • Amongst vibrant native rainforest
  • Surrounded by incredible mountain vistas

Jet Boat

  • Crystal clear glacial mountain river
  • The ultimate in shallow river jetboating
  • Amongst native bush, pristine river valleys and ice capped mountains.

What to bring

  • Camera,
  • Wind proof jacket,
  • Insect Repellent,
  • Suitable hiking footwear,
  • Snacks
  • Depart from Makarora, state highway 6, 45mins north of Wanaka, 1hr 30 mins south of Haast.

Posted in: Scenic Flights, Siberia Experience

Mt Aspiring

Date: October 28th, 2016

The Matterhorn of the South

View Mount Aspiring (Tititea) and the heart of Mount Aspiring National Park, part of Te Wahipounamu – South West New Zealand World Heritage Area. Maori named Mount Aspiring (Tititea), which means ‘steep peak of glistening white’. At 3030 metres high, Mount Aspiring is often called the ‘Matterhorn of the South’.

Highlights

  • Lake Wanaka and Wanaka Township
  • Treble Cone ski field
  • Matukituki Valley
  • Bonar and Voltar glaciers
  • Mount Aspiring
  • Southern Alps

Trip Information

  • Flights can depart from Makarora and Wanaka Airport

What to bring

  • Camera

Posted in: Scenic Flights

Milford Sound & Heli Glacier Landing

Date: October 28th, 2016

Fly further, view more than anyone else with Southern Alps Air.

Fly to Milford Sound through two of New Zealand’s most picturesque national parks. View alpine lakes nestled amongst soaring snowcapped mountain peaks and pristine glaciers, with vast rainforest and cascading waterfalls visible from every seat!

For the ultimate Milford Sound Experience add a helicopter flight from Milford Sound. The helicopter flies you to Milford’s local glaciers and gets you up close and personal to Milford’s hidden wonders.

Highlights

Flight

  • Lake Wanaka
  • Mt Aspiring
  • Over 100 glaciers
  • Stunning Alpine lakes
  • Vast rainforests
  • Milford sound the 8th natural wonder of the world
  • Dart Valley and Glenorchy
  • Lake Wakapitu
  • Shotover River
  • Informative commentary

Cruise

  • The length of Milford 16km.
  • Informative commentary.
  • Wildlife incl. seals and penguins.
  • Intimate cruise with limited numbers.
  • Complimentary tea and coffee.

Helicopter Glacier flight

  • Majestic Bowen Falls
  • Harrison Valley
  • Breath taking Tutoko Glacier
  • Landing on the glacier if weather permits
  • Return via Turners Pass and Age Glacier

What to bring

  • Camera
  • Wind proof jacket (for the cruise)
  • Snacks/Lunch (no food on the boat)
  • Insect repellant

Posted in: Milford Sound, Scenic Flights

Siberia Experience

Date: October 27th, 2016

Experience a true New Zealand Wilderness Adventure!
Fly – 25min, Walk – 3hrs, Jetboat – 30min

 Fly, Walk, and Jet boat through New Zealand’s most spectacular Alpine environment on an adventure like no other. Southern Alps Air is the only flight seeing company to offer this incredible trip. Allow 4 hours. 

Siberia Trip Highlights

Fly

  • Amongst remote alpine valleys
  • Over beautiful mountain lakes and waterfalls
  • Past spectacular glaciers and snowcapped mountains
  • Land in a truly remote backcountry valley on a grass landing strip

Walk

  • Across open tussock flats
  • Amongst vibrant native rainforest
  • Surrounded by incredible mountain vistas

Jet Boat

  • Crystal clear glacial mountain river
  • The ultimate in shallow river jet boating
  • Amongst native bush, pristine river valleys and ice capped mountains.

Full Trip Information

  • What to bring: camera, wind proof jacket, suitable hiking footwear, snacks
  • Depart from Makarora, State Highway 6, 45mins north of Wanaka, 1hr 30 mins south of Haast, or 2 hours from Queenstown. Meet us at our desk inside the Wonderland Makarora Lodge at 5944 Haast Pass-Makarora Road, Makarora 9382. (This is on the main West Coast Highway, Makarora West) This is a very scenic drive, through the mountains and around the shores of Lakes Hawea and Wanaka.
  • What to bring: Camera, warm waterproof outer layer, suitable hiking footwear, sunscreen, sunglasses, insect repellent (can be purchased at departure point) sport sandals or water shoes for crossing Siberia Stream if desired, (or borrow from our supply at check in). Snack food, water supply and anything else for your own personal comfort during a half day in the NZ outdoors.
  • How your Trip unfolds – On the morning of your Siberia Experience, please phone us before leaving your accommodation for a weather check. The weather can be quite different at Makarora than it is in Wanaka or elsewhere so do call to save yourself the drive if the weather is not suitable. Allow approx 1 hour to drive the 60km from Wanaka to the departure point, check in with the Southern Alps Air/Siberia Experience Team 30 minutes prior to your departure time at the Wonderland Makarora Lodge, Makarora West.
  • Trip Itinerary: Fly– Your Fly-Walk-Jetboat journey begins with a 25 minute scenic flight amongst the Southern Alps within the World Heritage listed Mt Aspiring National Park. This spectacular flight ticks all the boxes… plus! Enjoy unobstructed views from window seats as you soak in the unexpected delights of the NZ wilderness, along with the ones we know and expect such as pristine glaciers, plunging waterfalls, hidden lakes and tarns and many more Alpine Highlights. One last turn and we are on approach to land in the middle of the mountains in the remote and stunning Siberia Valley. Step out onto the valley floor and feel the raw power of nature as you gaze skyward to the tops of the towering peaks that surround you. Once on the ground your pilot will explain about the walk and track before waving goodbye and taking off again, leaving you to enjoy the beauty that surrounds you.
  • Walk – The Walk from Siberia Valley to the Wilkin Valley is described as a Freedom Walk (unguided), in the Mt Aspiring National Park. When taking part in this activity, you are responsible for your safety and wel-being. Some parts have steep drop offs on the side so be cautious at all times. Your pilot will accompany you to the stream crossing at the beginning of the track where you will be given an oral briefing on the track and conditions and have an opportunity to ask any last minute questions.
    The Track is clearly marked with orange markers, it travels South down the valley then enters the native rain forest and begins to climb out of the Siberia Valley. The track is 7km in length and takes 2.5-3hrs to complete.
    Section 1 is 3km to the highest point of the track
    Section 2 is a 2.5km downhill zig-zag track into the Wilkin Valley
    Section 3 is 1.5km along the river valley to the jetboat pick up point which is clearly marked.
    Medium level of fitness required – As long as you know you can walk up-hill and down-hill sections and you can walk for up to 3 hours then the walk should be no problem but it is up to you to judge. If you have any concerns please contact us prior or discuss on the day at check in.
  • Jetboat – You will be given a pickup time from the jetboat company prior to departing from Makarora. Your jet boat will meet you at the designated time & meeting point. Enjoy a thrilling 30 min jet boat ride along the pristine braided Wilkin River back to your takeoff point. In just 4 hours you will have explored this incredible area by plane, foot & boat!
  • Terms & Conditions: Siberia Experience provides transport in and out of the Mt Aspiring National Park for you. Please ensure you bring everything you will need for your own safety and personal comfort during a day in the outdoors. Weather conditions can change quickly in the backcountry – please bring a waterproof layer and listen to instructions from our team.  FYI, the flight is operated by Southern Alps Air and the jetboat is operated by Wilkin River Jets. The walk is a freedom walk on a Department of Conservation maintained track. A $21 per person Department of Conservation fee is included in your fare. This goes directly back to Department of Conservation for conservation and maintenance efforts within this area of the Mt Aspiring World Heritage National Park.

Posted in: Scenic Flights, Siberia Experience

Milford Sound Glacier Flight & Cruise

Date: October 27th, 2016

Fly further, view more than anyone else with Southern Alps Air.

Fly to Milford Sound through two of New Zealand’s most picturesque national parks. View alpine lakes nestled amongst soaring snowcapped mountain peaks and pristine glaciers, with vast rainforest and cascading waterfalls visible from every seat!

Highlights

Flight

  • Lake Wanaka
  • Mt Aspiring
  • Over 100 glaciers
  • Stunning Alpine lakes
  • Vast rainforests
  • Milford sound the 8th natural wonder of the world
  • Dart Valley and Glenorchy
  • Lake Wakapitu
  • Shotover River
  • Informative commentary

Cruise

  • The length of Milford 16km.
  • Informative commentary.
  • Wildlife incl. seals and penguins.
  • Intimate cruise with limited numbers.
  • Complimentary tea and coffee.

Option

  • Add a helicopter glacier flight to explore the local Milford Glaciers

What to bring

  • Camera
  • Wind proof jacket (for the cruise)
  • Snacks/Lunch (no food on the boat)
  • Insect repellant

Posted in: Milford Sound, Scenic Flights

Tour Details

Price

Adult $520
Child $335

Allow: 4hrs

Valid to 30 Sept 2017

Prices are per person & include GST

Child Age is 5-15yrs,
Infants 0-4yrs Travel Free (1 infant per adult)

Window Seats & Glacier Views on All Flights


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Siberia Experience

Contact Siberia Experience
Wanaka: Wanaka Airport, 12 Lloyd Dunn Avenue, Wanaka 9382
Makarora: Makarora Tourist Centre, State Highway 6, Makarora 9192
NZ Freephone: 0800 345 666 • Phone: +64 (0)3 443 4385 • Fax: +64 (0)3 443 8666
Email: info@southernalpsair.co.nz

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