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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 New Zealand’s most impressive mountain range. Here are a few things we wanted to share with you before you’re on a scenic fight with us.

  1. The Southern Alps travel nearly 500 kms from Milford Sound, all the way up towards Nelson. Nelson is at the top of the South island.
  2. New Zealand’s highest peak is here – Aoraki/Mount Cook. It 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 mountain range in New Zealand.
  5. The best way to see the mountains up-close is with Southern Alps Air – it’s all in the name! We are local experts in flying you to the best scenery.
  6. 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’. This is for it’s striking pyramid-like peak, making it similar to the Swiss Alps’ Matterhorn. However this is standing at 4,478 metres (14,692 feet).
  7. All of New Zealand’s peaks over 3,000 metres are in the Southern Alps.

Most of our scenic flights in nz include impressive views of mountains, lakes & hidden glaciers.
Start with our $99 Local Wanaka Spectacular flight, or our popular Milford Sound Flyover is on special at just $299. Alternatively we offer some of the best pricing for the bucket list Milford Sound Fly-Cruise-Fly trips.