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Air Safaris

State Highway 8 | Tekapo Aerodrome, Lake Tekapo 7945, New Zealand
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This is the most memorable ride we had. We took a helicopter and the pilot was very good. He took... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
NDharmawansa
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Singapore, Singapore
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Helicopter and snow landing experiences

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

Reviewed 5 days ago
BENG WAH T
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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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State Highway 8 | Tekapo Aerodrome, Lake Tekapo 7945, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 days ago 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

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Air_Safaris, Manager at Air Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

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

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Reviewed 5 days ago 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

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Tim R, Manager at Air Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

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.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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.

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Air_Safaris, Manager at Air Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

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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Reviewed 19 April 2018 via mobile

We had originally booked this to depart from the Franz Josef side of Mt Cook, but it was cancelled due to poor weather. However, Steve was a real star, and told us all about his stone jewellery, and he kindly showed us how he produces...More

Thank Manel K
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Air_Safaris, Manager at Air Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

So glad you got to experience the Grand Traverse on such an amazing day!

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Reviewed 1 April 2018

we where very lucky that the weather was so calm and clear. the pilot was very knowledgeable and friendly as where the rest of the staff. the views where breath taking in the little plane that promises a window seat for every passenger. a must...More

Thank Cara M
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Air_Safaris, Manager at Air Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Glad you loved it guys - thanks!

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Reviewed 28 March 2018

My husband and I did the grand traverse flight, and the views are absolutely spectacular! It was honestly worth every penny to see Mount Cook and Lake Tekapo from above. I would say this is a must do in Lake Tekapo! Everyone on the plane...More

Thank ehoisington
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Air_Safaris, Manager at Air Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Glad you had a great flight guys. Thanks for the feedback on the commentary - will check it out as we want to make sure everyone can hear the pilot. Thanks.

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Reviewed 18 March 2018 via mobile

Took the Mt Cook scenic flight on a beautiful clear day with a full complement of 7 passengers. Everyone had a window seat. Fantastic scenery and lots of great photos. Highly recommended.

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Air_Safaris, Manager at Air Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thanks! Glad you had a great flight with us.

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Reviewed 10 March 2018 via mobile

Richard at Lake Tekapo was beyond helpful on our check in for the flight. I'm rather tall and big in size and Richard went out of his way to have me sit down in two different aircraft to see what would be more comfortable for...More

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Reviewed 5 March 2018 via mobile

Due to the cyclone that closed the highways down to Franz Josef we had to change our plans so we headed down to Lake Tekapo. We saw these flights and decided that if we couldn't drive to see the glaciers we would treat ourselves and...More

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Reviewed 23 February 2018 via mobile

Wow! Organisation the night before was easy and no payment requested which was a relief as the weather might not have been as good as it was. The flight safety briefing was clear and concise and the staff were almost as excited as we were....More

Thank Deborah R
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Air_Safaris, Pilot at Air Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 19 March 2018

Hi Deborah, Great to hear you had an enjoyable flight with us in the Helicopter! It certainly is a unique experience, standing in the snow overlooking Mount Cook and our major Glaciers - a memorable excursion, that's for sure! I do hope you enjoyed your...More

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Ip I
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
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paulinecarroll7
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
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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
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