makarora activities

What to do in Makarora ??

Flights in planes and helicopters, thrilling rides in jet boats, heli-skiing, hiking, hunting, fishing, tramping......and more!

The Department of Conservation is right next door to Makarora Tourist Centre. They have many brochures, interesting displays and information on the Mt Aspiring National Park. There are short walks from the Highway and long treks over mountains. Makarora is the starting point for the very popular Gillespie Pass Trek which takes you up the Young Valley, over the Pass and into the Siberia Valley.

"There are brown and rainbow trout in the rivers and deer in the hills!"

There are three adventure companies operating from Makarora.
  • Southern Alps Air
  • Wilkin River Jets
  • Back Country Helicopters
Southern Alps Air fly fixed winged Cessna 185 aircraft and have been in operation in the Valley since 1975. They can show you:
  • Mt Aspiring
  • Mt Cook
  • Milford Sound
  • Fly you from Queenstown to Makarora or Wanaka
But - perhaps their best is the Siberia Experience

The Siberia Experience is a flight, walk, jet-boat combo in conjunction with the Wilkin River Jets. Here you take a 25 minute flight into the Siberia Valley, cross a mountain stream, walk through native beech forest before being picked up at Kerin Forks in the Wilkin Valley by the jet-boat. You are then whisked down the Wilkin and Makarora Rivers back to base.

Contact Southern Alps Air through: or

The Wilkin River Jets & Back Country Helicopters
  • A River Jet Safari.
  • Heli-Jet Combo
  • Scenic Flights
Wilkin River Jets began offering commercial jet-boat trips from Makarora in the late 1960's.

Their most popular excursion is a 50km thrilling ride down the Makarora River and up the Wilkin if you want to experience jet-boating at its very best. The jet-boat is launched in the Makarora River and within minutes you are skimming down river over large deep pools or through shallow rips. A hairpin sweep into the Wilkin River leads up river into the mountainous hinterland.

This one hour long trip is an amazing adventure amidst native beech forest, pristine river valleys and rugged ice capped mountains.

BackCountry Helicopters offer scenic flights with amazing aerial over-views of Mt Aspiring World Heritage Park Park with the chance to experience optional alpine/snow landings.

Combine your helicopter flight with a spectacular valley walk, a rendezvous with Wilkin River Jets to speed you back to base or go hunting, tramping, fishing or a combination of all!

Contact Wilkin River Jets and BackCountry Helicopters through:

siberia valley tramping

Visit our links page for a list of local operators and a little information for other areas.
southern alps air map
scenic flights

plane flight
plane flight

jet boat

wilkin river jets office
Wilkin River Jets office

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