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Air Safaris

State Highway 8 | Tekapo Aerodrome, Lake Tekapo 7945, New Zealand
+64 3-680 6880
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wanted to do a helicopter flight over the glaciers and land on the snow, however the day we were... read more

Reviewed 16 August 2013
stansevers
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Aberaeron, United Kingdom
Awesome!!

With NZ weather not playing the game for nearly three weeks we waited until the end of our trip to... read more

Reviewed 13 August 2013
ontwowheels77
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Perth, Australia
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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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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State Highway 8 | Tekapo Aerodrome, Lake Tekapo 7945, New Zealand
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Reviewed 16 August 2013

wanted to do a helicopter flight over the glaciers and land on the snow, however the day we were there was some bad weather on its way. called in the air safaris office and a delightful woman at the desk said that they were still...More

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Air S, Front Office Manager at Air Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 18 August 2013

Thank you so much for the brilliant review - it really is the flight of a lifetime, and I'm sure that your partner is very glad she decided to join the flight! Your thanks are greatly appreciated, we love reading great feedback such as this...More

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Reviewed 13 August 2013

With NZ weather not playing the game for nearly three weeks we waited until the end of our trip to try and get a flight happening. Arriving at Lake Tekapo the weather was promising, but not guaranteeing clear skies so the pilot offered the opportunity...More

1  Thank ontwowheels77
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Air S, Front Office Manager at Air Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 18 August 2013

Many thanks for your fantastic review of Air Safaris! We strive to provide the best possible experience for our customers, which does occasionally mean working with changeable weather :), and your kind comments are very much appreciated. What a way to end your trip!

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Reviewed 3 July 2013

Wow! This was the most amazing experience! Scenery stunning. Pilot was excellent and very pleasant and informative. This was on our to-do list before we left Scotland. On arrival at Tekapo camp site, when we enquired about the flights, the receptionist told us weather forecast...More

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Air S, Front Office Manager at Air Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 8 August 2013

Thanks so much for the fantastic review - we are so glad that our flight lived up to your expectations, and that we could contribute so positively to your trip of a lifetime :)

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Reviewed 16 June 2013

I'd booked The Grand Traverse flight well in advance but due to bad weather had to wait until my last morning in Tekapo. Mother Nature turned on a stunner. Fresh snow and flying saucer shaped clouds over Mt Cook. I was first to the airfield...More

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Air S, Front Office Manager at Air Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 23 June 2013

Hello, thank you so much for your review! We are thrilled that you enjoyed your Grand Traverse flight, it really is worth the wait :), and that is a fantastic photo! Your positive comments are much appreciated, and we hope you enjoyed the rest of...More

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Reviewed 14 June 2013

These guys are TOP NOTCH. Although I was traveling alone and it was a slower day at the airport meaning that it was difficult to meet the minimum to make a flight feasible, they appreciated my patience and we worked out a concession that made...More

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Air S, Front Office Manager at Air Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 23 June 2013

Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a great review! We are delighted you had such an enjoyable flight, and we now have video footage of your flight playing in our terminal building, such amazing lighting! We hope you enjoyed the...More

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Reviewed 12 June 2013

There were many fantastic views on the Grand Traverse flight out of Lake Tekapo. The pilot did a good job of keeping us informed of what we were looking at and it was great that we all had unobstructed views. You should make sure to...More

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Air S, Front Office Manager at Air Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 13 June 2013

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review of Air Safaris! We are so glad you enjoyed your flight, and you are absolutely correct, you have to take time to just enjoy the wonderful scenery! I hope you enjoyed the rest...More

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Reviewed 14 April 2013

You must find the coin to do this flight.I You could spend days treking in the mountains & glaciers & not get this experience. The pilots and admisitrative staff are very professional, welcome & accomodating. The Grand Traverse, 50 minute flight gets you very up...More

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Air S, Front Office Manager at Air Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 11 June 2013

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review, we are so pleased you enjoyed the Grand Traverse! We agree with you, it really is an amazing experience to see the high peaks and glaciers up close! I hope you enjoyed the...More

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Reviewed 5 April 2013

Perfect flight and a must do if you have the budget. Our flight was under clear weather and in the late afternoon. We had a good view of the Mt. Cook and the glacier Good communtenry from the pilot too!

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Air S, Front Office Manager at Air Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 11 June 2013

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review! It is fantastic that you enjoyed the flight, the views are stunning, and the commentary is very informative!

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Reviewed 17 February 2013

Excellent Email communication on pre planning our trip to NZ with handy tips. Professional service and planes looked new and well maintained. Our pilot was Matt and he gave a great commentary during the 50 minute flight ( not too much chatter, just enough!) it's...More

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Air S, Front Office Manager at Air Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 9 June 2013

Hi Lindsay, thank you so much for taking the time to write such a lovely positive review! The Grand Traverse is a great way to experience the beauty of the National Parks. We work hard to ensure that every passenger has an amazing trip from...More

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Reviewed 16 February 2013

We recently chartered a flight through Air Safaris to fly our family of six adults from Milford Sound to Mt Cook, stopping in Lake Tekapo, and then flying to Christchurch. Every aspect of the trip was perfect and, if we had to do it all...More

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Air S, Front Office Manager at Air Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 11 June 2013

Hi Robert, thank you so much for your very positive review! It is fantastic to hear that you enjoyed your trip so much, the flight is Milford Sound is spectacular, and it sounds like you had a perfect day! Your recommendation of Phil, and the...More

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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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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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