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Air Safaris

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“grand traverse”(63 reviews)
“window seat”(16 reviews)
“mt cook”(50 reviews)
This premier Aoraki / Mount Cook flightseeing experience, 'The Grand Traverse' encompasses two World Heritage National Parks in a tour of 200kms amongst New Zealand's highest mountains and largest glaciers. From the golden tussock lands, turquoise...more
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State Highway 8 | Tekapo Aerodrome, Lake Tekapo 7945, New Zealand
+64 3-680 6880
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 26 March 2008

We boarded the small 8 passenger plane outside of Lake Tekapo at Air Safaris for The Grand Traverse of Mt. Cook. As we took off we could see the beautiful turquoise waters of Lake Tekapo beneath us. We flew over the high country sheep farms...More

4  Thank gayla
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 29 February 2016

We have flown numerous times in a small plane. They have all been excellent experiences and so should have been this one. Unfortunately, we came away disappointed and poorer! The reviews for this flight over Mount Cook and the glaziers were excellent but our experience...More

2  Thank JoKen M
Air_Safaris, Owner at Air Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 7 March 2016

Hello JoKen M, Thank you for sharing your review. We appreciate the lovely comments in regards to our team, facilities, the flight itself and our customer service; however, we are extremely sorry to hear you were unhappy with your overall experience, even though you got...More

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Reviewed 9 October 2018

Words cannot possibly describe what you witness during this 50-minutes flight. It feels like someone yanks you out of your life in the middle of the day and puts you in a dream - the dream being the most stunning set of mountain ranges and...More

Thank Daniel M
Air_Safaris, Pilot at Air Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Daniel, Thank you for your eloquent and extremely kind words on your Grand Traverse flight with us. It sounds as if you had quite the day for your flight around the mountains and glaciers of the Aoraki Mount Cook/Westland Tai Poutini regions! I hope...More

Reviewed 11 September 2018 via mobile

We took the Grand Traverse flight which we couldn’t recommended more!!! The scenery was truly breathtaking and the variety of landscapes were incredible. Very friendly service by our pilot Tim to top it off. Do yourself a favour and put it on your bucket list!

Thank Lovestoholiday24
Reviewed 24 August 2018 via mobile

Easy booking, amazing pilot and what a location! We had a great experience, so informative and showed us all the sites!More

Thank Joshua E
Air_Safaris, Pilot at Air Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hey Joshua, Thanks for your comments on the Grand Traverse flight - glad you enjoyed the experience! We love showing you the best of the mountains and glaciers in this area, and with every flight being a little different our pilots pride themselves on providing...More

Reviewed 18 August 2018 via mobile

I absolutely enjoyed every moment of the Grand Traverse Flight with the lovely and very knowledgeable pilot Sanna. Great views on a perfectly clear and sunny day, I can only recommend this experience to everyone who’s considering it!! Thank you Air Safaris for this unforgettable...More

Thank Juless267
Reviewed 15 August 2018 via mobile

It has been one of the best experience of my life! Those mountains were breathtaking!! I would definitely do it again!! Pilot explain lots of things and made it even more interesting !

Thank Eriikita
Reviewed 14 July 2018

There are no words to describe the 50 minutes we have just had flying over the Southern Alps with pilot Joe. Smooth flight, breathtaking views, great commentary and an experience that will be long remembered.. thoroughly recommended..More

Thank Su A
Air_Safaris, Pilot at Air Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 14 July 2018

Hi Su, Thanks for your lovely words after your flight here with us! It was my pleasure to take you folks on the Grand Traverse - such incredible weather, a day as smooth and clear as today certainly made for excellent conditions! Some spectacular avalanches...More

Reviewed 27 June 2018 via mobile

(By plane) Yes, it costs a little bit of money... but on a good day with few to no clouds... WHAT A TREAT! It is worth every penny!! The pilot is friendly and talkative, providing great commentary during the flight (he will also make you...More

Thank Dom21076
Air_Safaris, Manager at Air Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 30 June 2018

Hi Dom21076, Thanks very much for taking the time to write a review. We are really glad you enjoyed your Grand Traverse flight around Mount Cook and the glaciers - it is an amazing way to see the area. We hope you enjoyed your holiday...More

Reviewed 21 June 2018 via mobile

This is the most memorable ride we had. We took a helicopter and the pilot was very good. He took us high to Mt Cook. Though it was winding and cloudy he managed to show us many surroundings and landed in a place where we...More

Thank NDharmawansa
Air_Safaris, Manager at Air Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 23 June 2018

Thanks very much for your comments NDharmawansa, we are really glad you enjoyed your flight with us. June has been a challenging month with fog and cloud here but in between we have had some magic days for flying. We hope you enjoyed your time...More

Reviewed 19 June 2018 via mobile

Must try, a bird view at lake tekapo and fly to mt cook and snow landing at the highest point of Mt Cook

Tim R, Manager at Air Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 21 June 2018

We are really glad you enjoyed your helicopter flight with us. Our high snow landing sites are stunning places to land and enjoy the scenery. Hope the rest of your NZ holiday went well.

Reviewed 28 May 2018

Take the 50 minute flight over the highest mountains and glaciers of NZ. The commentary from the pilot is first class and the views are breath-taking. But do try to pick a cloud free day.

Thank Daryl M
Air_Safaris, Manager at Air Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 20 June 2018

Really glad you loved the flight guys. The fixed wing option is quite a bit cheaper than a similar helicopter experience but allows you to see a whole heap more breathtaking scenery.

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27 May 2018|
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Response from traveller2148 | Reviewed this property |
We were advised to take the flight at first opportunity in case weather gets worse later. We did the plane flight over mt cook, fox and Franz Josef glaciers which was excellent. Only booked day before and there was plenty of... More
20 July 2016|
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Response from Air_Safaris | Property representative |
Good morning and thank you for your inquiry. When you book on our website the prices for the new season (October onwards) will be displayed to you when you select your preferred day and flight time. If it is not what you are... More
Jamie W
15 December 2015|
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Response from Air_Safaris | Property representative |
Hi Jamie, Booking is advised as especially in the busier months some time slots can fill up. As mentioned in some of the other responses here we do not charge until on the day and any cancellations due weather are free of... More