Timaru, New Zealand
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Approximately 2½ Hour
Meals not included
Te Wahipounamu -- South West New Zealand"The landscape in this park, situated in south-west New Zealand, has been shaped by successive glaciations into fjords, rocky coasts, towering cliffs, lakes and waterfalls. Two-thirds of the park is covered with southern beech and podocarps, some of which are over 800 years old. The kea, the only alpine parrot in the world, lives in the park, as does the rare and endangered takahe, a large flightless bird.
The Grand Traverse is a spectacular scenic flight that explores the Mount Cook National Park and Westland National Park and shows you the region like no other. This "must do" magnificent journey encompasses two National Parks and New Zealand's most memorable and breathtaking scenery.
Transfer to Timaru Airport and climb into a small high-wing, fixed-wing aircraft, ideal for New Zealand's conditions, offering all window seats for unobstructed viewing.
Your pilot provides an informative and enjoyable commentary. Take off over the southern Canterbury Plains, leading to beautiful turquoise glacial lakes, golden tussock lands, and the braided river systems of the Mackenzie Basin.
You'll venture over remote high-country sheep stations and glacial valleys to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park -- a magical world of permanent ice and snow with New Zealand's tallest mountains and largest glaciers, including Aoraki Mount Cook, the Tasman Glacier and the Westland Tai Poutini National Park encompassing the Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers spilling down to the rain forests of the west coast.