Southern Alps Air operates from Makarora and Wanaka airport, Air New Zealand’s base for flights to Christchurch and connecting flights to Wellington and Auckland. Queenstown airport is approximately one hour by car from Wanaka airport.
Southern Alps Air is Wanaka’s only locally owned and operated fixed wing scenic flight company. It has been operating in this region since 1975 and has an excellent safety record. We take pride in offering unobstructed views from window seats and personalized service.
As a Qualmark endorsed company, we take pride in working to the highest industry standards. We are Civil Aviation Authority Certifiedand members of the New Zealand Tourism Industry Association, Lake Wanaka Tourism and Tourism Flight Operators New Zealand.
Our involvement with Sustainable Wanaka began in 2005. We understand that all businesses create environmental and social impact through their activities. Ours is no exception. We try to actively reduce any adverse effects through buying wisely, using resources efficiently, disposing of waste responsibly, reducing noise pollution and providing an environmentally and socially responsible service to our clients.
As Southern Alps Air is committed to being a sustainable business, we have the following environmental practices.
Southern Alps Air has also undertaken a native plant restoration project around its Makarora Airfield to maintain the beauty of the natural land.
The goals of the Native Plant restoration project are:
During the summer season passengers who fly with Southern Alps Air from Makarora have the opportunity to support our "Native Plant" restoration project. Simply by donating $4 towards the cost of a native plant , passengers can make a major contribution towards the New Zealand environment which they will have enjoyed so much.
Southern Alps Air began in 1975 in the tiny settlement of Makarora. The company operated primarily from Makarora with flights in to the backcountry, including the Siberia Experience and scenic flights to Milford Sound and Mount Cook.