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Air Safaris

State Highway 8 | Tekapo Aerodrome, Lake Tekapo 7945, New Zealand
+64 3-680 6880
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An Awesome Experience

We recently chartered a flight through Air Safaris to fly our family of six adults from Milford... read more

Reviewed 16 February 2013
Robert J
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Ocala, FL
Brilliant Professional Operation

First impression on walking in was how clean the office is and in a commercial air operation that... read more

Reviewed 26 January 2013
Bill T
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Ottawa, Canada
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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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Hours Today: 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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 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

Thank Robert J
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

Reviewed 26 January 2013

First impression on walking in was how clean the office is and in a commercial air operation that is one item that will tell you how the day will go. Phil was the pilot for the "Grand Traverse of Aoraki Mount Cook a consummate professional...More

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

Hi Bill, thank you so much for your very kind review! We are thrilled that you enjoyed your Air Safaris experience so much, it truly is the flight of a lifetime, and it is just great to have such positive reviews! It sounds like you...More

Reviewed 19 January 2013

We did the Grand Traverse flight with Air Safaris at Lake Tekapo. Great focus on safety. Very professional English pilot who was informative and went out of his way to make the nervous fliers comfortable. They are great with kids too, eg, flight certificates afterwards....More

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

Hello, thank you so much for your review! We are so pleased you felt safe and comfortable, we try our very best to ensure our passengers have a fantastic flight experience with us :). You are right, the Airvans are a fantastic aircraft, and perfect...More

Reviewed 8 January 2013

This is definitely a must go tour when visiting Lake Tekapo. The scenic flight was just awesome. The views were perfect. I recommend to take the long route, which shows you not only Lake Tekapo, but also Mt. Cook and different glaciers. We had a...More

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

What a fantastic, positive review! Thank you so much for taking the time to write it. Our Grand Traverse if a terrific flight, and many of the high peaks and glaciers in the National Parks, as well as the local Lake Tekapo area and farm...More

Reviewed 6 January 2013

This is a must while in Tekapo, It was at the top of our list and we were very pleased! Everyone at Air Safari were very friendly, from the e-mails to the phone call when we arrived. They make you feel so comfortable. The glaciers...More

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

What a lovely review, thank you so much! We love hearing such rave reviews, we work really hard to make sure our passengers have a great experience with Air Safaris, and such lovely words are great to hear :). We are so glad you enjoyed...More

Reviewed 3 December 2012

I travelled south on the west coast to Franz Josef, and hoped to be able to fly over the glaciers. No luck. Due to bad weather, my hope rested in the next weeks trip north along the east coast past Lake Tekapo. This time, I...More

Thank Jonas L
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 that the weather worked out well for you to be able to fly with us, it is such a memorable experience, and we are so pleased to read that...More

Reviewed 21 November 2012 via mobile

We were short on time and faced with a long drive to see the glaciers when we stumbled on the air safari office. Given it was a perfect day weather-wise we decided to go with the air tour instead. Fantastic way to see the glaciers...More

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

Thank you so much for taking the time to post a review! We agree with you, it is a fantastic way to see the glaciers and highest peaks, and it saves you almost an entire day of travel. A great option! I hope you enjoyed...More

Reviewed 19 November 2012

We were driving from Queenstown to Christchurch, the weather was great and we made an impromptu stop here. The staff were excellent, and we decided to do the grand traverse. It is one of the best things we have ever done. The pilot was excellent,...More

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

Wow, what a rave review! Thank you so much for taking the time to write it. We are thrilled that you enjoyed it so much, and we so appreciate such lovely, positive comments, we think it's a pretty great flight too :).

Reviewed 13 September 2012

This is SO worth doing! We did the grand traverse (not sure if that is the right name) and it was absolutely breathtaking - you felt like you could reach out and touch mount cook. The people there were very friendly and most professional -...More

Thank ozmaur
Annabelle B, Public Relations Manager at Air Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 14 September 2012

Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review!! You are right - The Grand Traverse is an amazing flight, we're all so glad you enjoyed it. The pilots are fantastic and ensure everyone has an unforgettable experience. I hope you enjoyed...More

Reviewed 27 August 2012

We flew with Air Safaris during our stay in Tekapo. We were welcomed by the staff and they were so friendly and professional. As a family of 2 adults and 2 children (aged 9 & 7 ) we decided to do the ½ hour air...More

1  Thank Lorraine L
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paulinecarroll7
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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
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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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