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The Worlds Best Scenic Flights


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A scenic flight is often the icing on the cake to any holiday, adding excitement, adventure and the gift of perspective. With so many beautiful sights to experience in the world, we’ve lined up the best ones to see from above.

The Grand Canyon, United States of America

The best way—some would say the ONLY way—to experience the Grand Canyon is through a scenic flight. At 446 kilometres long, 29 kilometres wide and 1,800 meters deep, its immense size is best appreciated from above. Grand Canyon scenic flights can take you over the Grand Canyon National Park, the Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, the Grand Canyon West and the Colorado River, showcasing the fascinating, intricate and rocky landscape that is thought to be many millions of years old.

The Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Another of the world’s natural wonders that makes for an epic scenic flight is Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Like the Grand Canyon, the Great Barrier Reef can be seen from space, but you don’t need to venture that far to get an incredible view. 360-degree views from your scenic flight over the Great Barrier Reef will have you marvelling at stunning blue-green waters, vast stretches of coral, remote tropical islands and—if you’re lucky—glimpses of marine wildlife such as whales, sea turtles and dugongs.

Victoria Falls, Zambia/Zimbabwe

The breathtaking Victoria Falls In Zimbabwe

The Victoria Falls is one of Southern Africa’s biggest tourist attractions. At 100 metres high, the waterfall isn’t the tallest, but what it lacks in height it makes up for in width. Measuring a whopping 1,708 metres wide, it is considered the world's largest waterfall.  One of the best parts about a scenic flight over the Victoria Falls is not just the impressive sight of the roaring Zambezi River spilling over the side of a cliff face, but the added bonus of spotting distinctive African wildlife in the savannah below. Lucky customers may see elephants, buffalo, giraffes, zebras, hippopotamuses and more. 

New York City, United States of America

Stunning New York City

It’s not just natural wonders that make for the best scenic flights, some cities are pretty special from above too! New York City is just one of these, with a scenic flight offering a relatively quick and unique way to check out all the major landmarks in the sprawling metropolis. A New York City tour by helicopter or seaplane will let you see the Hudson River, Central Park, the State of Liberty, the Empire State Building, Madison Square Garden and more.

Milford Sound, New Zealand

Beautiful Milford Sound

We had to do it! We wouldn’t be true to ourselves or our readers if we didn’t feature our very own Milford Sound. A Milford Sound scenic flight takes the cake for its remarkable mix of scenery featuring magnificent mountains, gushing waterfalls, powdery snow, sparkling glaciers, abundant native bush and eerily calm bodies of water. Our amazing pilots fly low enough to offer close and unobstructed views of some of the best sights in New Zealand’s South Island—which we think are some of the best sights in the world.


Tips for nervous flyers


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We’ve been operating our South Island scenic flights and commercial transport since 2012 and over that time, we've come across hundreds of different people with varying degrees of anxiety when it comes to flying. For some, it’s a heights issue, and flying is nerve-wracking no matter what. Others suffer from claustrophobia and struggle with being in a confined place for a set amount of time. Occasionally, we have somebody who can sit on a major flight between cities without batting an eyelid—but has a specific fear of small planes. These fears and anxieties are not uncommon, so we’ve put together some tips to help you cope if you’re feeling a little nervous. We want you to enjoy yourself as much as possible! These tips are based on practical experience and what we’ve seen help over the years.

Stunning South Island

Practice deep breathing

Taking deep breaths in through the nose and out through the mouth has been proven to decrease stress, lower your heart rate and regulate your blood pressure by letting sufficient oxygen circulate around the body. Start this before you climb aboard and continue throughout take-off and before you know it, you’ll be so blown away by the incredible views from your Mount Cook or Milford Sound flight that you’ve forgotten all about the nerves!

The art of distraction

One of our top tips: bring a friend! The less you focus on your anxious feelings, the more comfortable you’ll be. Having a friend with you or being art of a group can ease the nerves by giving you a sense of familiarity and the simple yet effective distraction of easy conversation.

Heed our safety briefing

We take safety very seriously and give all passengers a full safety briefing before take-off. Listening to the briefing, asking questions and ensuring you have a good grasp on what actions to take in the extremely unlikely event of an emergency can relieve unease by giving a sense of confidence and preparedness.

Check out our experience

We’re lucky enough to have some of the best pilots around operating our scenic flights. Our CEO Peter Daniell has over 12 years of experience in the Fiordland area and our other pilots teeming with local knowledge and eager to share their love for this beautiful country.  Not only that, but they understand the unique and often-complex weather in the region like nobody else. If the weather is unsafe for flying, we won’t fly. You’re in good hands with True South and we can’t wait to welcome you on board!