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Air Safaris

State Highway 8 | Tekapo Aerodrome, Lake Tekapo 7945, New Zealand
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Yeah, this is where you need to spend the money - it IS worth it!

This outfit knows what it's doing, and they do it very well, in the middle of some of the most... read more

Reviewed 30 December 2013
Mitch-MK
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Awe-inspiring!

We had tried 3 times to have a trip over Mount Cook and this was the 4th and what an experience to... read more

Reviewed 10 December 2013
Dorothy H
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York, United Kingdom
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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 30 December 2013

This outfit knows what it's doing, and they do it very well, in the middle of some of the most awesome scenery imaginable. After so many miles of surface travel, the plane's ability to cover so much territory permitted us to see multiple lakes, both...More

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Reviewed 10 December 2013

We had tried 3 times to have a trip over Mount Cook and this was the 4th and what an experience to remember. When we went into the office at 9.20 a.m. of Air Safaris they told us they were hoping for a clear way...More

Thank Dorothy H
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Reviewed 7 December 2013

I thought this would be a white knuckle ride with my stomach churning over. Quite the reverse. It was the smoothest, most enjoyable and thrilling flight I have ever taken.

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Reviewed 5 December 2013

We decided to do this based on TA reviews. It is a bit steep in price, but everyone said it is worth it and we agree! The views of the lakes, glaciers and peaks are stunning. They fly very close to the mountains. On the...More

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Reviewed 5 December 2013 via mobile

We did the Grand Traverse from Air Safaris in Lake Tekapo at their base airport. We had 9 persons on board plus the pilot. We had great clear weather and the views from Lake Tekapo through the sheep farms and up to Mount Cook were...More

Thank Loretta M
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Air S, Front Office Manager at Air Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 4 February 2014

Hello Loretta, Thank you for your feedback. We are glad you enjoyed your Grand Traverse experience and rate it so highly on a south Island tour! Our pilots thoroughly enjoy being able to share the spectacular views with you. :)

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Reviewed 21 October 2013

We had a great flight over the lake and the glaciers as well as a close look at Mount Cook. What a trip! Well worth the money.

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Reviewed 11 October 2013 via mobile

With the weather closing in, my request to change the flight time to an earlier time was not an issue. As a result the flight was very smooth and the views spectacular. The pilot gave us a detailed commentary during the whole flight. We were...More

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Reviewed 24 September 2013 via mobile

I found out about Air Safari through the Wanaka i-Site, as an alternative to trying to get to Franz-Josef glacier (SH6 was shut to the west coast). The views on the 1hr flight are, of course, spectacular but what I was most impressed with was...More

1  Thank Kit C
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Reviewed 26 August 2013

Thanks Air Safaris for a fantastic flight! We were lucky to strike fantastic weather and see the amazing views!the staff were helpful and knowledgable! Big thanks to pilot Tom!

1  Thank Zoe M
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Air S, Front Office Manager at Air Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 30 August 2013

Thanks very much for your very kind review of Air Safaris - we are thrilled you enjoyed your flight !

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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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Ip I
27 May 2018|
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Response from traveller2148 | Reviewed this property |
We were advised to take the flight at first opportunity in case weather gets worse later. We did the plane flight over mt cook, fox and Franz Josef glaciers which was excellent. Only booked day before and there was plenty of... 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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