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Address: State Highway 8 | Tekapo Aerodrome, Lake Tekapo 7945, New Zealand
Phone Number:
+64 3-680 6880
08:00 - 17:30
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 17:30
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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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Took the "Grand Traverse" flight today over the glaciers and Mt Cook with our pilot "Isaac" in our liitle plane as our previously booked chopper flight from Franz Josef was... read more

Reviewed 23 May 2012
New Zealand
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119 reviews
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Reviewed 23 May 2012

Took the "Grand Traverse" flight today over the glaciers and Mt Cook with our pilot "Isaac" in our liitle plane as our previously booked chopper flight from Franz Josef was cancelled due to weather the previous week. Isaac was great about explaining the scenery and the views were fantastic. Everybody gets a window seat, the only drawback is you don't... More 

Thank scotts9401
Chichester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2012

This had to be one of the main highlights of our 2 week trip in New Zealand. We flew over Lake Tekapo, Mount Cook, Franz Josef and Tasman Glaciers in an 8 seater Cessna with a fabulous pilot named Matt. We all had a window seat. We took the Grand Traverse. Lasted around 50 minutes and was absolutely fabulous

Thank Babsanne
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259 reviews
77 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2012

I was very fortunate to take the receptionists advice and booked a flight a day early as she expected the weather to change the following day, and yes it did. My one hour flight took two hours as we flew to a second airport to pick up more passengers. This gave us an opportunity to see more of the area... More 

Thank Dexx
Isle of Wight
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48 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2012

The hours flight was amazing, everyone got a window seat and the pilot flew the Cessna Caravan around each sight so both sides of the plane could see. The company was small but very professional and helped ensure we got a good flight the day before we booked because the weather was turning. Cannot recommend it highly enough. No glacier... More 

Thank IsleofWightPoshbird
Annabelle B, Public Relations Manager at Air Safaris, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to post a fantastic comment! Great things come in small packages :) We all love what we do and want all our customers to get the most out of their experience as they possibly can. It was great that you had a little flexibility in your plans so that we could ensure the weather... More 

Mumbai (Bombay), India
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108 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2012

I read about the Air Safaris on Tripadvisor and I'm so glad we decided to do it! We stayed at Peppers Bluewater Resort and then decided to see the Fox Glacier and Mt Cook via the Air Safari instead of driving there. We had a limited amount of time at Lake Tekapo and I'm also prone to car sickness so... More 

1 Thank jasreenmayal
Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 January 2012

We were lucky with the weather and had a thoroughly enjoyable Grand Traverse flight. There were only 6 of us on board and our pilot, Tom, provided an excellent commentary throughout the 50 minute flight. Not cheap but definitely worth every dollar to get such a uniquely wonderful birds eye view of the magnificent scenery, including Fox Glacier, Mount Cook... More 

1 Thank Chris R
Ipswich, Australia
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59 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 December 2011

When we at Lake Tekapo in 2011 we looked at doing the Air Safari flight. However, the weather was not good enough and we had to wait until we came back this year, 2011. What attracted me was the flight was 50 minutes and travelled a great route. But it was also reasonable in price compared to others. When we... More 

Thank Geertje37
Hunter Valley
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85 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 October 2011

I was lucky enough to win two scenic flights with Air Safaris, which I was able to take on my recent trip to NZ. While battling with the highly changeable NZ weather caused some delays in being able to fly, once up in the air we realised how worthwhile it was to wait for a window of clear weather. The... More 

Thank woolygirl1
Annabelle A, Marketing & Sales at Air Safaris, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your comment. I'm so pleased you enjoyed your flight - it's great to get a perspective on this area from the air!! It was great you could hang around for the weather to clear ... the weather can be very challenging here but it's all part of its charm. I hope you enjoyed your time... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 23 November 2010

We went on the Air Safaris scenic flight from Lake Tekapo and had a fantastic flight. The pilot was knowledgable and friendly and his commentary was first class. We flew over Lake Tekapo and up to the Southern Alps, we had fantastic views of the Fox, Franz Josef and Tasman glaciers and the flight went right round Mount Cook and... More 

Thank tpodUk
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6 reviews
Reviewed 9 May 2010

A definite must. Great flight coupled with the pilots amazing knowledge of the area. Breath taking scenery.

Thank Mfoggy

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