The New Zealand Sky Safari has been designed for sightseers, pilots or pilots to be. Conducted in small aircraft, we accommodate up to two clients per aircraft. You can fly or be flown under the command of our experienced local pilots to explore New Zealand from above and on the ground.
New Zealand is a land of spectacular beauty and contrast. From the sub-tropical and deserted beaches of the north, through the rugged bush-clad interior and volcanic central plateau to the mountain ranges and alpine lakes of the south, New Zealand has it all, and Sky Safari can take you there.
Meet and make friends along the way. Share real Kiwi hospitality at its best, combined with a unique aerial tour of New Zealand. A standard 7-day South Island tour is offered but special arrangements for a different length of time can of course be made upon request.
Price from €7,500 per person*
Day 1: Arrive Christchurch
You arrive in the Garden City of Christchurch, often referred to as the most English town outside England, where you can even go punting on the Avon River. Take the opportunity to tour the inner city, and marvel at the innovative and artistic reconstruction of the city, following the 2011 earthquake. Make sure you visit the fabulous new Cathedral designed by prize-winning Japanese architect Shigeru Ban (and made out of cardboard!), and stop for afternoon tea at one of the many great cafes dotting the inner city. (We love C1 Espresso.)
Day 2: Christchurch – Wellington – Blenheim
At Christchurch Airport you will meet your Air Canterbury pilot/guide (Air Canterbury is the air transport division of Canterbury Aero Club, New Zealand’s largest aero club). All Air Canterbury flights are operated by senior staff who are experienced in both mountain scenic and air charter operations.
After the initial tour briefing, you will commence your tour and head north in order to visit New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington. You will cross Cook Strait, which divides the North and South Island. After landing in Wellington, you will take a short drive through the city past the House of Parliament and other highlights. A visit to New Zealand’s impressive National Museum “Te Papa” followed by lunch at the Museum Café will conclude your introduction to this charming city.
In the afternoon, you head back to the South Island and will cross over one of New Zealand’s scenic highlights, the Marlborough Sounds. From the fiords your plane will make its way towards the world famous Abel Tasman National Park and you will see beautiful golden beaches bordering bush clad hills. This National Park is one of the most popular hiking venues in New Zealand. Today’s final destination is Blenheim, known as the “Sunshine Capital” of New Zealand, and situated on the Wairau Plain near the top of the South Island. Blenheim’s combination of high sunshine hours, a long ripening period, and free-draining river flats have put the district’s vineyards at the forefront of the International Wine Industry.
Day 3: Blenheim – West Coast – Queenstown
In the morning, we recommend a tour of one of the numerous vineyards of the region.
After take-off later in the day, you will head further south towards the rugged West Coast, a sparsely populated part of the country bordered by the Tasman Sea and the Southern Alps. The combination of the wild ocean, foothills covered with exotic native bush, high mountains and glaciers is absolutely unique. On the West Coast, remnants of the ice age cascade from vast snowfields of the Southern Alps to valley floors just 300 metres above sea level. Nowhere in the world’s temperate zones are glaciers so accessible. Glaciers cover nearly half the area of the Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park.
New Zealand’s most famous glaciers are the Fox and Franz Josef glaciers on the South Island’s West Coast. Gouged out by moving ice over thousands of years, the Fox and Franz Josef glaciers are easily accessible to mountaineers and hikers. You will be flying via Franz Josef and Fox Glacier, and then further down to Haast, which is the start of the Haast Pass, one of the three crossings between the West Coast and the other parts of the South Island. Via Lake Wanaka, you will finally reach Queenstown, which is your end destination for today. Enjoy dining in one of the many fabulous restaurants Queenstown has to offer and go for a stroll along the shores of Lake Wakatipu.
Day 4: Queenstown – Dunedin / Otago Peninsula
You will have a free morning in Queenstown so that you can enjoy some of the activities on offer in this exciting location. You could go for a jet boat ride on the Shotover River, bungee jump from one of the bridges, or simply enjoy one of the many beautiful walks in the area. Alternatively you may simply want to enjoy this superb location and visit one of the waterfront cafés – there are many options available. After take-off from Queenstown you will cross through Central Otago, which offers a completely different landscape to the alpine environment of the last few days. The brown hills which are covered with tussock grass are beautiful in their own right and have given inspiration to many New Zealand painters. You will land in Dunedin, the most southern city of New Zealand and make your way to your accommodation, which will be home for the next two nights.
Day 5: Dunedin / Otago Peninsula – Stewart Island
Depending on the weather conditions, you will have two options available today. If conditions are favorable, you will head for Stewart Island, which is in the Southland region of New Zealand. Stewart Island is New Zealand’s third and southern-most island and a haven for native bird life. The most popular trip into the predator-free nature sanctuary, Ulva Island, is a must do for any visitor, especially bird watchers and plant enthusiasts. An excellent educational trip which can be organized for you by your guide! Enjoy an easy walk in primeval forest, superb birdsong and close encounters with endangered and rare New Zealand birds and birds unique to Stewart Island.
The other option for the day is a trip to Mandeville to visit a company which specializes in the manufacturing and restoration of de Havilland and vintage aircraft. Mandeville is also home for many vintage aircraft looked after by the Croydon Aviation Heritage Trust and there is also the opportunity for scenic flights available. You will return to Dunedin for another overnight stay.
Day 6: Dunedin / Otago Peninsula – Mt. Cook – Christchurch
After departure from Dunedin you will head back towards the Southern Alps. Your first goal is Aoraki/Mount Cook, which is the highest mountain in New Zealand. It lies in the Southern Alps, the mountain range which runs the length of the South Island. A popular tourist destination, it is also a favorite challenge for mountain climbers. You will also have the opportunity to view the 27 other mountains in this alpine backbone which peak at over 3050 m and hundreds of others not far short of that – all making up the famous Southern Alps.
Mount Cook Ski Planes offer the most spectacular alpine scenic flight in the world. The aircraft takes you from Mount Cook Airport directly into the heart of the Southern Alps including Mount Cook and the Tasman Glacier, one of the longest glaciers in the world. After an awe inspiring flight through breathtaking scenery your ski equipped aircraft lands on one of the glaciers in the Mount Cook or Westland National Park, the engine is stopped, and you alight onto the glacier where climbers would take hours or days to reach. With the engine shut down you are able to experience the “natural quiet” of the mountains, broken only by the occasional avalanche or sounds from the glacier as it makes its way down the mountain. Upon re-embarking an even more spectacular takeoff from the snow covered glacier is followed by the return flight to base following the other side of the valley with your pilot identifying points of interest including climber huts, icefalls, and peaks, before your landing back at your point of departure. This flight is optional and is of course weather dependent!
At the end of the day, you will depart from Mount Cook Village and fly via Lake Tekapo back to Christchurch for your last night in the Garden City.
Day 7: Depart Christchurch
Price from €7,500 per person*
Package includes 6 nights accomodation, Meet & Greet on arrival in Christchurch, Aircraft with instructor, 15 flying hours “Point to Point”, 6 x breakfast, 2 x dinner, and transfers from the airport to hotel and to the airport at overnight destinations.
*Flights to New Zealand are not included in the above package price. Flights from Germany to New Zealand cost from €1500 and above, depending upon how far in advance you book, the season of travel, the airline, and the route. Please let us know if you would like us to assist you with booking flights to New Zealand.