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Address: 12 Lloyd Dunn Avenue | Wanaka Airport, Wanaka 9382, New Zealand
Phone Number:
+64 3-443 4385
08:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

SIBERIA EXPERIENCE - Scenic Flight - Bush & Valley Walk -Jetboat...

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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Perfect 'Activity' without a Crowd

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... read more

Reviewed 28 February 2016
Stephanie A

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Sydney, Australia
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 other side! Personally, I found the downward final part of the walk extremely difficult. I... More 

Thank 695Josephine
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33 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 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 was a 'goer' or not. The pilots make sure it's absolutely safe to fly so... More 

1 Thank JulieinOz
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 25 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 did the walk in about 2 hours so make sure you take insect repellent as... More 

1 Thank April G
SouthernAlpsAir, Owner at Siberia Experience, responded to this review

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 now they have become adults they go back into the area often. Walking across the... More 

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18 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 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 views and a perfect landing. Loved Siberia Valley - it was such a beautiful place... More 

1 Thank Stephanie A
Sydney, Australia
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17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 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 icy waters across the river then the 2.5 hour trek begins. Safe, easy track for... More 

Thank Kym-Rogers
Greater Melbourne, Australia
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155 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 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 minute plane ride in the little yellow aircraft up the Wilkins River valley and ultimately... More 

1 Thank Spit56
Cummaquid, Massachusetts
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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 to the plane we crossed teh frigid but shallow water with (provided) water shoes and... More 

2 Thank CapeCodTraveler_A1
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27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 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. You fly into a high alpine like valley in a light aircraft (Cessna?), then paddle... More 

2 Thank travellingpeter
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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 to Milford Sound, where we took a cruise through Milford Sound. The birds' eye view... More 

Thank Michele Marie F
Preston, United Kingdom
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228 reviews
127 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 June 2015

One of the best trips we have ever done on our travels. Not cheap but definately worth the money. Started with a spectacular light over the mountains with great view of the glaciers (made up for the weather putting an end to our fun in Fox), the deposited in a field - seemingly in the middle of nowhere. The hike... More 

Thank Mickthexton

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