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Get to know the Southern Alps

If you’re flying with Southern Alps Air, it doesn’t matter what direction you’re going, you will inevitably soar above the Southern Alps mountain range. Here are a few things we wanted to share with you about the Southern Alps, before you’re looking at them out the window of a small airplane.  

  1. The Southern Alps travel nearly 500 kms from Milford sound all the way up towards Nelson at the top of the south island.
  2. The countries highest peak resides in the Southern Alps – Aoraki/Mount Cook stands at 3,724 metres (12,218 feet) high. 
  3. All of New Zealand’s peaks over 3,000 metres are in the Southern Alps.
  4. The Southern Alps are by far the highest, longest and most glaciated chain of mountains in the country.
  5. The best way to see the Southern Alps up-close is with Southern Alps Air – it’s all in the name! 
  6. The Southern Alps’ Mount Aspiring/Tititea is only New Zealand’s 23rd highest peak standing at 3,033 metres (9,951 ft). But it’s famously known as the ‘Matterhorn of the South’ for it’s pyramid-like peak, similar to the Swiss Alps’ Matterhorn, standing at 4,478 metres (14,692 feet)
  7. All of New Zealand’s peaks over 3,000 metres are in the Southern Alps.