Siberia Experience Fly-Walk-Jetboat...

Siberia Experience Fly-Walk-Jetboat


Karin's avatar


United States

Ranking: 8/10

The plane ride is scenic with a very capable pilot, but the 30 minutes goes fast. The hike was nice, but we had been fortunate to do nicer ones. The jet boat ride is thrilling. This was a splurge for us, and perhaps I was hoping for just a little more. All in all, if $310NZ justifies what I experienced, it' a day well spent. Remember to bring bug dope and lunch, as you'll probably have a 20 - 30 minute wait for the jet boat.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

Amanda's avatar


United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Great experience, was recommended by a friend.
Great customer service, friendly staff. Pilot (Nick) was great and looked after us.
Exciting plane ride around valley, stunning views. Beautiful walk then jet boat back. Great day out.

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in January 2011

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Ranking: 9/10

Jetboat, walk to Siberia hut, stay overnight and then heli back in the morning - WOW.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

edwardasmith's avatar


United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Light aircraft flight to the Siberia Valley then walk down Wilkin river and pick up by jet boat. A great way of experiencing the wilderness.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in May 2010

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Rolf X


Ranking: 9/10

Dont do the Siberia Exp. and the milford sound flight just days after each other. we were probably too full of impressions from the milford sound flight. the flight is nice and thehike pretty. but we would say do a 1day reuteburn and milford sound instead.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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John Helle


Ranking: 10/10

Very beautiful and exciting view over the mountain and fun and exciting ride with the jet boat. Great for our kids at 8 and 14 years.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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hairymango's avatar


United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Great value for money, a real mini adventure.

Reviewed about 11 years ago and experienced in March 2009

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Steve Sayers


Ranking: 8/10

We had a great time doing this activity. Unfortunately the flight was over before we knew it, mainly because of the beautiful scenery being viewed outside. The Siberia valley we landed in was breathtaking, so pristine we were expecting a dinosaur to come out from the undergrowth any minute. The walk back was spectacular with many things to see. The Wilkin Valley is also beautiful where you meet the jetboat, unfortunately i only had time to grap a few mouthfuls of lunch before being flung around in the jetboat, which was great. TIP have lunch when you get back to base, you will enjoy the trip better. Hopefully for others it will not get much more expensive than the NZD$310 each which we paid, which is a bit pricey for a plane ride and jet boat. Overall the whole experience was brilliant and something i will allways treasure.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

Patricia's avatar


New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

The whole experience was great. Very friendly staff, the pilot was very nice, the walk was lovely & the boat ride was a wonderful end to the day.

Reviewed almost 12 years ago

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Christian's avatar



Ranking: 10/10

Being able to incorporate the three experiences is a great way to really see the region as well as being useful if you don't have too long in NZ. Especially good combination of activities. Nice pilot.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Charles Price

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Can recommend this - it was excellent. It is beautiful down there.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Ranking: 10/10

This is an amazing way to get to be amongst the New Zealand wilderness. Myself and 4 friends did this experience and we think it is the best activity we have found. It is great value for money, $270 per person for a 25 minute flight, 3 hour walk and 30 minute jetboat ride The yellow aeroplane we travelled in allowed us to see everything as we all had window seats. We saw glaciers, mountain lakes, braided rivers and lush native bush all set amongst the Southern Alps in Mt Aspiring National Park. The flight took around 25 minutes so we saw a lot of fantastic scenery. We then landed in the Siberia Valley which is in the middle of nowhere!! We hopped out of the plane and felt dwarfed by the mountains towering around us on all sides. It was an amazing experience. The pilot then gave us a talk about the walk out, set us off in the right direction and off we went. He was really good at his job. The walk was great, we enjoyed the cute little waterfalls tumbling down toward the track and the spectacular views from different vantage points. It took us about 2.5 hours and we managed to see quite a few native birds on the way. We reached the Wilkin Valley which is also a very beautiful area. The jetboat was waiting for us at the river and whisked us back to Makarora on the amazingly clear, clean water to where we started from. This took about 30 minutes. The whole tour took us 4 hours and I would recommend it to anyone visiting New Zealand. We stayed in Wanaka and drove the 45minutes to Makarora to catch the tour.
The pilots and reservations staff were excellent, very professional but welcoming and fun. We also did a Milford Sound Flight and Cruise with the company (Southern Alps Air) who operates the Siberia Experience and is the operator of the flight portion of this fantastic Experience. We enjoyed a great coffee on the deck at the Makarora Wilderness Resort after we got back while we showed off our photos to each other and talked about what a great time we had. I will do this again on my next trip.

Reviewed over 12 years ago