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Air Safaris

State Highway 8 | Tekapo Aerodrome, Lake Tekapo 7945, New Zealand
+64 3-680 6880
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Great flight

If the weather is fine, it is worth the price, you fly over the lake and mountains, also glaciers... read more

Reviewed 21 October 2017
Ivar1970
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Kapellen, Belgium
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Great service & amazing experience

We booked in for a Tekapo highlights tour as a family of 5 including three kids (5, 3, 18 months... read more

Reviewed 6 October 2017
Jess C
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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 21 October 2017 via mobile

If the weather is fine, it is worth the price, you fly over the lake and mountains, also glaciers you wil see. Verry nice pilot we had!

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Reviewed 6 October 2017 via mobile

We booked in for a Tekapo highlights tour as a family of 5 including three kids (5, 3, 18 months). It was awesome to have the opportunity to go on a chopper ride without paying huge amounts of money for longer duration, we just wanted...More

Thank Jess C
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Reviewed 27 September 2017 via mobile

Both my husband and I had the best time! He got to sit up front because he was so tall. The pilot (Joe) was great, very friendly and full of information about the place. The ride was smooth and comfortable and we had the clearest...More

Thank Jacelyn S
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Air_Safaris, Pilot at Air Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 12 December 2017

Hi Jacelyn, Thanks for your lovely review of your Grand Traverse flight. What a fantastic day you folks picked to fly! Glad we could provide you with such clear views of all our major features. I'm really pleased to hear you enjoyed your experience with...More

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Reviewed 15 August 2017 via mobile

We had a brilliant flight with Joe. Great commentary, unbelievable views we all arrived back saying it was one of the best things we have done on a South Island road trip so far.More

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Air_Safaris, Pilot at Air Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 12 December 2017

Hi Andy, Thanks for your kind review of your flight with us at Air Safaris! You picked a great day for your flight, and were a fantastic group to take for a trip around Mount Cook and Glaciers. I do hope the rest of your...More

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Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

Was just amazing, flight over the glacier, next to the mountains. Sooo beautiful! Soooo awsome! The pilot was a very nice guy and I felt save all the time.

Thank 127msh
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Reviewed 21 July 2017

I booked the 'Sunset Flight' at the beginning but due to the weather condition, Air Safaris suggested us to take The Grand Traverse instead. It is proved to be a fantastic experience, and the breathtaking grand landscape really shocked us from the air. Our pilot...More

Thank Yu L
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Reviewed 29 June 2017 via mobile

The most amazing thing I have ever done in my life. This company is so pleasurable to deal with, from ever single member of staff, thank you so much. And the views were spectacular we got so close to Mt Cook and were able to...More

Thank Kylie T
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Reviewed 22 June 2017

Took a helicopter flight around Mount Cook that included a snow landing. What an experience - well worth the money - fantastic views and all enhanced by the excellent, knowledgeable, commentary by our pilot. Obviously this experience is totally weather dependent and we were over...More

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Air_Safaris, Pilot at Air Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 12 December 2017

Hi Pam, Thanks for your lovely comments on your helicopter flight with Tim. Sounds like a bluebird day you had! You're right, the weather can be a little tricky - however we're very lucky in Lake Tekapo, with our location on the eastern side of...More

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Reviewed 7 June 2017 via mobile

Incredible veiws that you cant get anywhere else. Our pilot Leon was very skilled and the takeoff and landing was smooth. He had a lot of knowledge in the area that he shared with us. Trip is on the expensive side but with air safaris...More

Thank Nikki D
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Reviewed 21 May 2017 via mobile

Air Safaris were wonderful people. They assisted in every way to make our visit an experience to remember. This was a trip for my relatives they hadn't even realised should be part of their 'bucket list.' It will certainly remain a highlight of our trip....More

Thank Julie W
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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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