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Air Safaris

State Highway 8 | Tekapo Aerodrome, Lake Tekapo 7945, New Zealand
+64 3-680 6880
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"Absolutely amazing experience"

We flew with Air Safaris during our stay in Tekapo. We were welcomed by the staff and they were so... read more

Reviewed 27 August 2012
Lorraine L
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Bay of Plenty Region, New Zealand
Absolute must

This is one of the most amazing experiences of our trip to New Zealand. The trip is about an hour... read more

Reviewed 21 August 2012
dawnkent1961
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Cornwall
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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: 08:00 - 17:30
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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State Highway 8 | Tekapo Aerodrome, Lake Tekapo 7945, New Zealand
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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
Reviewed 21 August 2012

This is one of the most amazing experiences of our trip to New Zealand. The trip is about an hour long and the photos you get are stunning. I would highly recommend this trip just to get an idea of the massive changes in scenery...More

Thank dawnkent1961
Reviewed 2 July 2012

Thought we would attempt this on our first day. It couldn't have gone better, not a cloud in the sky and no turbulance. This was a trip of a life time as we cruised the alps. Great way to get your perspective as you start...More

Thank gibbo12Melbourne
Annabelle B, Public Relations Manager at Air Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 6 August 2012

Thank you for taking the time to post a comment :) We are so excited you enjoyed your experience with us on our fabulous 'Grand Traverse' flight!! It's a wonderful flight to appreciate just how small New Zealand really is. We hope you enjoyed the...More

Reviewed 2 June 2012

At first wasn't going to spend the money on a flight above the glaciers but decided to at the last minute! So well worth it! Excellent and respectful staff, very comfortable plane and WOW! What a view! Glad I waited to do the flight from...More

Thank TORN1
TimRayward, Owner at Air Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 4 June 2012

Thanks so much for taking the time to write a review about us and post images, we are thrilled you enjoyed your experience ("Grand Traverse" Tour) with us. Please visit again one day.

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...More

Thank scotts9401
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...More

Thank Babsanne
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...More

Thank Dexx
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...More

Thank IsleofWightPoshbird
Annabelle B, Public Relations Manager at Air Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 6 August 2012

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...More

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...More

1  Thank jasreenmayal
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...More

1  Thank Chris R
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paulinecarroll7
Price for a couple in October
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
We are headed to Lake Tekapo in January and would like to book a flight. Is it best to book once we arrive in case of weather?
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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