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Air Safaris

State Highway 8 | Tekapo Aerodrome, Lake Tekapo 7945, New Zealand
+64 3-680 6880
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My eyes were twinkling like "diamants in the sky"

This is definitely a must go tour when visiting Lake Tekapo. The scenic flight was just awesome... read more

Reviewed 8 January 2013
rjorissen
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Geleen, The Netherlands
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Beautiful

This is a must while in Tekapo, It was at the top of our list and we were very pleased! Everyone at... read more

Reviewed 6 January 2013
Paula L
,
Huntsville, Alabama
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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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+64 3-680 6880
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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
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.

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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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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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