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Address: State Highway 8 | Tekapo Aerodrome, Lake Tekapo 7945, New Zealand
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+64 3-680 6880
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08:00 - 17:30
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 17:30
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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This premier Aoraki / Mount Cook flightseeing experience, 'The Grand...

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 glacier lakes and huge glacial valleys of the Mackenzie Basin around Aoraki Mt Cook, Mt Tasman and the Tasman Glacier to the coastal plains of Westland and the dramatic icefalls of the Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers. Every passenger has a window seat and all aircraft have wings-above to ensure optimum viewing below. Pilots provide a full and informative commentary with multi language commentary brochures supplied. We also offer exciting helicopter flights from Tekapo with alpine landing and an incredible Combo Flightseeing Experience featuring the MacKenzie Explorer heli-flight plus Grand Traverse fixed wing. The best of both worlds!

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The Grand Traverse is a Superb Experience!

Air Safaris' Grand Traverse (a one hour flight) is a superb experience! The booking, 'check in', and flight arrangements were all dead easy, friendly and efficient, and the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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Swindon, United Kingdom
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Swindon, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Air Safaris' Grand Traverse (a one hour flight) is a superb experience! The booking, 'check in', and flight arrangements were all dead easy, friendly and efficient, and the aeroplanes ideal - high wings, large windows, single seat rows meant everyone got a good view, and our pilot (Joe) made sure he passed the main sights 'left and right' to ensure... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This sounds like a great trip but it rarely works. We did not get to fly and understand less than 10% of flights take place due to weather conditions. You need to make sure you have an alternative plan to see what you want to see . We tried for 3 days and no flights . We were told they... More 

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Tweed Heads, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Do yourselves a favour and book this flight. Our pilot Matt was great with running commentary. Day was perfect

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Thank Jill H
Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Grand traverse: superb views over lakes Tekapo and Pukaki, glaciers, mt cook, mountains, etc. Really magnificent. However choose your seats carefully. The best ones are in the front and back of the plane. Unfortunately for me, i ended up in a seat in the middle section and the views were obscured by the wing, which was frustrating. Also, if you... More 

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Thank frogabroad1
Valthe, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent flight, beautiful views, well worth the money. Would gladly do it again. We had the luck of clear weather.

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Thank mdaams53
Air_Safaris, Director of Sales at Air Safaris, responded to this review

Hi Mdaams53, Thanks a lot for your review! Glad you had a great experience with us and the weather was on your side, it does make it all that more special when we have awesome weather. Hope you have a lovely day :) Air Safaris More 

San Francisco, California
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28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We arranged our Air Safari months in advance as we would be visiting New Zealand from San Francisco. The day we were scheduled to go on our Air Safari, the weather was not cooperating. The fine folks at the Air Safari office suggested we check back later in the day. When we checked back, there were still storms on the... More 

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Air_Safaris, Director of Sales at Air Safaris, responded to this review

Hi THSF, Sorry that the weather wasn't the greatest on your day of arrival! It has been a little challaging this season, especially more so for the pilots wanting to get up in the air to share the experience with people like yourself. We do try our best to accomodate.. were glad it payed off and you enjoyed the flight!... More 

Vienna, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Grand Traverse is a real winner. It's a one-hour flight up Lake Tekapo across the Divide to the West Coast to see Fox, Franz Josef and Tasman glaciers, then around Mt. Cook and other peaks and across the valleys and rivers to home. High winds, clouds and rain had prevented most flights for several months when we arrived. Fortunately,... More 

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Air_Safaris, Director of Sales at Air Safaris, responded to this review

Hi Silvestreak46, Thanks a lot for your review! We're pleased you enjoyed your flight with us and your overall experience of the Southern Alps was incredible. Have a great day. Kind Regards, Air Safaris More 

San Antonio, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This adventure gave me the best views of all the trips that I took while in New Zealand. While staying in Lake Tekapo, I decided to try this and am I glad I did. The pilot (Tom) gave us a great view of Mt Cook as well as the glaciers surrounding it. We did a complete fly around Mt. Cook... More 

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Air_Safaris, Director of Sales at Air Safaris, responded to this review

Hi Zalster, Thank you for taking the time to write us a review and share your experience with others, we do appreciate it! Seems like you enjoyed your flight with us which is great we do aim to show as much as we possibly can making sure people do get some great shots and memories of our beautiful mountains. Have... More 

Copenhagen, Denmark
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

Although this is a rather expensive it is worth every cent. We have booked a tour earlier in the week at the Franz Josef Glacier, but this trip was canceled due to bad weather. Arriving at Lake Tepako, we dropped in a few hours early in order to see if our booking for 4 pm was still going. It turned... More 

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Air_Safaris, Director of Sales at Air Safaris, responded to this review

Hi Docamm24, Thank you for your review! We apologise about the weather this years summer hasn't been the one we expected or are used to! but it does seem to be picking up now which is great for us. We do aim to keep our helicopter flight a bit more personal which can make it the perfect special experience, were... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

My husband and I got married in Tekapo on new years 2016 and rented a helicopter to get some wedding photos. It was an amazing experience and I would highly recommend other couples to do this! My parents also went on a separate helicopter ride to the glaciers and said it was one of the most incredible places they've ever... More 

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Thank RA L
Air_Safaris, Director of Sales at Air Safaris, responded to this review

Hi Ra L, Thank you for your review! We're glad we could help out on your big day, so thank you again for flying with us. We hope you got all beautiful shots you wished for. Have a great day :) Kind Regards, Air Safaris More 

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