View Mt Aspiring (Tititea) and the glaciers of the Mount Aspiring National Park on this 50 min scenic flight. We believe that this trip should be on the bucket list of every visitor to Wanaka as it is an incredible experience & great price for a 50 min scenic fixed wing flight.
For those with a thirst for more adventure – our legendary Scenic Epic Trip combines Mt Aspiring, Mt Cook & Milford Sound for an unforgettable 3 hour tour.
Your flight begins at Wanaka airport – just a 10 min drive from Wanaka Town Centre. Beforehand we will have asked you to complete a weather check on the morning of your flight.
Southern Alps Air operates its own hangar & booking office at Wanaka airport. Our friendly team will get you checked in and brief you on the flight details. Then you will meet your SAA pilot who is an expert in flying this region. Everyone gets a window seat at Southern Alps Air and our aircraft fleet is comfortable and well maintained.
Take off with a birds eye view of Lake Wanaka and the township. You will also see neighbouring Lake Hawea, all bordered by the mighty Southern Alps mountain range. Your pilot will point out locations of interest as you fly towards the Mt Aspiring National Park.
You will pass the Treble Cone Ski area on the way up the scenic Matukituki Valley which is bordered by native beech forest. Plus, you will be surrounded by World Heritage scenery with views of mountain peaks and waterfalls. As you fly closer to Mt Aspiring, its glaciers come into view and the scenery becomes even more spectacular.
Finally return to Wanaka after a 50 minute scenic flight that has shown you the best of Mt Aspiring National Park. When you fly with Southern Alps Air everyone gets a window seat, personal pilot commentary and a scenic flight that has been voted 5* and a “must do Wanaka activity”.
Mt Aspiring is at the heart of Mount Aspiring National Park, part of Te Wahipounamu – South West New Zealand World Heritage Area. Maori named Mount Aspiring “Tititea”, which means ‘steep peak of glistening white’. At 3030 metres high, Mt Aspiring is often called the ‘Matterhorn of the South’ due to it’s pyramidal, photogenic peak.
You will have the opportunity for photos and views in every direction, while appreciating the scale and grandeur of this region. In addition, you will also be able to see both the Bonar and Voltar glaciers – which are snow covered throughout the year.
Mt Aspiring (Tititea) is approximately 47.5km from Wanaka (as the crow flies). Our Mt Aspiring scenic flight is 50 mins in duration and takes you up the Matukituki Valley and into the World Heritage scenery of the Mount Aspiring National Park.
Mt Aspiring is 3033m, which makes it New Zealand’s highest mountain outside of the Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park.
Mt Aspiring is often referred to as the Matterhorn of the South because of its distinctive, pyramidal peak which is similar to that of The Matterhorn in the European Alps. It sharp ridges makes it a technical climb and it was first ascended in 1909.