Southern Alps Air

FAQ – Siberia Experience

How long is the trip?

Allow 4 hours for the Siberia Experience and 4.5 hours for the Siberia Experience Extended.

What clothing should I bring?

We recommend you to bring your normal walking gear a waterproof layer and a warm outer layer just in case.

What type of footwear should I bring?

Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. There is a stream you cross at the start of the walk if you have a spare pair of sandals or shoes that you can get wet it is a good idea to bring them as well. Or you can borrow from our supply at our Makarora office when you check in.

What gear do I need to bring?

Insect repellent, sunglasses and camera are recommended. Also anything else for your personal comfort.

Should I take food with me?

The total trip time is 4 hours. Bringing along some snacks or lunch is a good idea.

What time do I need to check in?

We ask that you arrive at our Makarora office 30 minutes before your departure time.

Where do I need to check in?

The check in location is at our Makarora Office located inside the Makarora Tourist Centre and Cafe. Address: 5944 Haast Pass-Makarora Rd.
Makarora is situated on State Highway 6 on the eastern side of the Haast Pass and adjacent to the Makarora River. Allow 1 hour to drive from Wanaka to our Makarora base.

Can I stay overnight in Siberia?

Yes. It can be arranged that the jet boat will pick you up the next day, allowing time to stay overnight in the Siberia Valley. Please be aware the Siberia Hut beds are on a first come first serve basis and is operated by the Department of Conservation.

How hard is the walk?

You need a moderate level of fitness. If you can walk for three hours at a steady pace which includes up and down hill sections you should be able to walk the track.

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

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