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State Highway 8 | Tekapo Aerodrome, Lake Tekapo 7945, New Zealand
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Perfect weather and the perfect company to fly with

Loved our 50 minute flight with Air Safari. A long established family company, they are very... read more

Reviewed 15 January 2018
carl w
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London, United Kingdom
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Best flight, stunning scenery, friendly pilots

The most amazing flight I have ever taken! It’s incredible to see how much the scenery changes from... read more

Reviewed 6 January 2018
Travellingflees
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Barcelona, Spain
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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 15 January 2018 via mobile

Loved our 50 minute flight with Air Safari. A long established family company, they are very professional, very knowledgeable and very friendly. Our pilot Matt was fantastic. His easy manner, his local knowledge, his flying skills, his attention to our safety. We were lucky to...More

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Air_Safaris, Pilot at Air Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Carl, Thanks for your lovely review of your Grand Traverse flight with Air Safaris. We're thrilled that you enjoyed your trip with us so much - by your photos, it looked like a wonderful day for a trip! Hope the rest of your time...More

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Reviewed 6 January 2018 via mobile

The most amazing flight I have ever taken! It’s incredible to see how much the scenery changes from the dry and deserted Mackenzie Basin, beautiful Lake Tekapo, glaciers and Mount Cook. The weather is much better from the East rather than accessing from the west...More

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Reviewed 3 January 2018

We booked air safaris the day before, initially having thought we'd do a helicopter trip round Mount Cook, saw the option of the plane flight to include Mount Cook and Milford Sound - seized the opportunity and are SO pleased we did. We had a...More

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Reviewed 25 December 2017 via mobile

Wanted to book for 25 Dec 2017, mitchel the staff at village center advice that the next day will be cloudy n suggest we do it on 24dec. Good advice. Cost of nz 370 per pax, 50 mins. Good tour.

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Reviewed 23 December 2017

Our Grand Traverse flight with Air Safaris was simply amazing and one of the highlights of our NZ holiday. We had a gorgeous, clear day, everyone has a window seat and the views were spectacular to say the least. From the moment I called to...More

Thank Tracy S
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Reviewed 11 December 2017 via mobile

I cannot rate this highly enough. We booked for ourselves (2 adults and 2 infants) for 1pm. We got a phone call in the morning saying the weather was changeable so could we make the 11am flight. We couldn’t, but planned on going anyway. The...More

Thank Sally3911
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Air_Safaris, Pilot at Air Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 12 December 2017

Hi Sally, Thanks for your wonderful comments about the Grand Traverse scenic flight you took with us. We are very pleased to hear you rated our flight so highly - we take great pride in the product and it's fantastic you've enjoyed it so much....More

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Reviewed 26 November 2017

Driving to Lake Tekapo we were blown away that Mount Cook was visible across the lake and so decided to stop in at Air Safaris to see what trips were available for the next day. We were persuaded (and so glad that we did!!!) to...More

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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

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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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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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