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Siberia Experience

12 Lloyd Dunn Avenue | Wanaka Airport, Wanaka 9382, New Zealand
+64 3-443 4385
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A stunning experience not to be missed

We were very lucky weather wise the day we did this. Could not have asked for a nicer day. The... read more

Reviewed 5 May 2017
Chris S
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Melbourne, Australia
A Great Experience for the Fit!

We really enjoyed the small plane ride and descent onto the grassy airstrip - walking through the... read more

Reviewed 29 March 2017
695Josephine
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Sydney, Australia
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SIBERIA EXPERIENCE - Scenic Flight - Bush & Valley Walk -Jetboat Safari. Allow 4 hours to experience this unique New Zealand Wilderness Adventure in Mount Aspiring World Heritage National Park. Experience 3 of NZ's most popular activities in an exciting 4 hour encounter with nature. Operating since 1975 and described by many as a "MUST DO" Adventure. The scenic flight with Southern Alps Air begins from Makarora Valley(near Wanaka).Enjoy spectacular views from window seats of glaciers, waterfalls and plunging river valleys amongst the native forest and towering mountains of the Southern Alps. Your flight ends with landing amongst the mountains in the remote Siberia Valley where your 2.5-3hr walk begins. The freedom walk is 6.8km with a combination of flat, up-hill & down-hill sections. The track/trail is clearly defined and easy to follow as you set off across the flats and Siberia Stream and on to the track proper which leads you to the jetboat pick up point in the Wilkin Valley. Rendezvouz at the rivers edge at a pre-arranged time with Wilkin River Jets for a 30 minute scenic and thrilling ride back to where your Siberia Experience began. Suitable for all ages with an average/reasonably good fitness level. Easier walk for similar Fly-Walk-Jetboat Experience is Blue Pools Nature Experience - the trail is the same distance but basically flat.
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12 Lloyd Dunn Avenue | Wanaka Airport, Wanaka 9382, New Zealand
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Reviewed 5 May 2017

We were very lucky weather wise the day we did this. Could not have asked for a nicer day. The scenic flight in is stunning. Landing in the remote Siberia valley was a novel experience. After the plane flys out you are on your own...More

Thank Chris S
SouthernAlpsAir, Pilot at Siberia Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 7 May 2017

Hi Chris S Thank you for taking time to send feedback about your experience. One of the highlights of the Siberia Experience is the remote bush walk. Walking amongst the native bush and some of New Zealand's most stunning scenery is a unique experience. Especially...More

Reviewed 29 March 2017

We really enjoyed the small plane ride and descent onto the grassy airstrip - walking through the stream was fine - be sure to wear crocs, sandals etc. and bring small towel and sandfly repellant. They go for you as soon as you reach the...More

Thank 695Josephine
Reviewed 2 January 2017

This experience was recommended by a friend who has lots of local knowledge as a 'must do' if you have time, the energy and to see New Zealand's awesome natural landscapes! Initially we had to make several phone calls on the day checking whether it...More

1  Thank JulieinOz
Reviewed 24 December 2016 via mobile

The aeroplane ride was brilliant, the pilot was obviously very experienced and full of knowledge giving us lots of information as we flew. The walk was easy to moderate going, the initial crossing of the river was very cold but we soon warmed up! We...More

1  Thank April G
SouthernAlpsAir, Owner at Siberia Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 26 December 2016

Hi April and thank you for taking time to review your experience. It is great that you had a fantastic day on the Siberia Experience. It is such a beautiful area to explore - we have done this many times with our young children and...More

Reviewed 27 February 2016

I was surprised by how much I liked 'The Siberia Experience'. I'm not a fan of group activities, so I had low expectations. Overall, the experience was incredible. I thought I would be frightened of the flight, but the pilot did a great job. Great...More

1  Thank Stephanie A
Reviewed 22 February 2016 via mobile

Flying in a small plane between mountain ranges will get the heart pumping, as will the amazing scenery of lakes and glacier from heights. Total confidence in our pilot to twist and turn. Landing in "Siberia" is quite an experience. Short wade knee deep through...More

Thank Kym-Rogers
Reviewed 13 January 2016 via mobile

This is an amazing package that affords spectacular views of remote areas of the beautiful Mount Aspiring national park. The whole operation is well coordinated and efficiently run and we were blessed with a glorious day weather wise and our adventure began with a 30...More

1  Thank Spit56
Reviewed 29 December 2015

This was a wonderful trip. We had a half hour plane ride with commentary into the back country of Mt Aspiring National Park with its valleys and peaks and glaciers and lakes. We landed on a grass strip next to a river. After waving goodbye...More

2  Thank CapeCodTraveler_A1
Reviewed 5 November 2015

If you like excitement in the form of a flight in a small aircraft over (probably) snow-topped mountains, a walk through unspoilt country and a jetboat ride finale, then this trip is a must-do. The views are amazing and the staff very helpful and informative....More

2  Thank travellingpeter
Reviewed 4 September 2015

My mom and I flew in the beautiful yellow fixed wing plane to Mt Cook glaciers and Milford Sound. The pilot, Paul, was an extremely experienced pilot, and we felt safe in his plane. He first brought us from Wanaka to the glaciers and then...More

Thank Michele Marie F
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Warrick C
8 May 2016|
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Response from SouthernAlpsAir | Property representative |
Hi We can operate as long we reach minimum numbers which is 4 people. Regards Nick
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NorthShore777
1 November 2015|
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Response from SouthernAlpsAir | Property representative |
Hi There Please find a description of the walk below - we suggest you need average to good fitness levels - you need to know you can walk for 3 hour with some up & down-hill sections. The walk starts at 600 meters (2000... More
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