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Address: State Highway 8 | Tekapo Aerodrome, Lake Tekapo 7945, New Zealand
Phone Number:
+64 3-680 6880
08:00 - 17:30
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 17:30
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

This premier Aoraki / Mount Cook flightseeing experience, 'The Grand...

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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My husband and I got married in Tekapo on new years 2016 and rented a helicopter to get some wedding photos. It was an amazing experience and I would highly recommend other... read more

Reviewed 16 January 2017
Denver, Colorado
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Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed 16 January 2017

My husband and I got married in Tekapo on new years 2016 and rented a helicopter to get some wedding photos. It was an amazing experience and I would highly recommend other couples to do this! My parents also went on a separate helicopter ride to the glaciers and said it was one of the most incredible places they've ever... More 

Thank RA L
Air_Safaris, Director of Sales at Air Safaris, responded to this review

Hi Ra L, Thank you for your review! We're glad we could help out on your big day, so thank you again for flying with us. We hope you got all beautiful shots you wished for. Have a great day :) Kind Regards, Air Safaris More 

Reigate, Surrey uk
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Reviewed 11 January 2017

This was the most amazing experience, up there with sky diving in Abel Tasman. Was expecting a pretty flight up to see Mt Cook but it was so much more. Pilot Tom loves his job and sharing his knowledge of the geography of this fascinating area, I felt like signing up for a geology degree after this trip. Views are... More 

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Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

We had driven to Lake Tekapo from the west coast of South Island and called in to view both Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers. At the standard viewpoints the views are anything but impressive and this is because of the massive level of glacial retreat. Having seen these iconic glaciers we were uncertain whether a flight would add that much.... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 10 December 2016

Wow! We saw it all during our flight with Air Safari, Mt Cook, Mt Tasman, Franz Josef Glacier, Fox Glacier, Tasman Glacier, Lake Tekapo,... We got a brand new perspective on all the iconic places of the South Island. It was simply an incredible journey!

Thank Robin_Laura
Winchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 November 2016

What an amazing experience! We had to wait a day for the weather to settle but on the morning of our flight the wind had dropped and visibility was fantastic. The reception at the airport was very friendly, and the atmosphere very relaxed. The 50 minute flight was awesome! The views of the lakes, glaciers and snow capped peaks unforgettable!... More 

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 November 2016

We boarded at Lake Tekapo. This is an amazing experience seeing the Alpine scenery from the air. You get an on board guide which is easy to follow and gives you all the details about what you are viewing. We had a beautiful sunny clear day which made the trip even more spectacular . Firstly you fly over the length... More 

Thank Brandylady
Air_Safaris, Sales Representive at Air Safaris, responded to this review

Hi Brandylady, Thank you very much for your detailed review, Your very much right with that one, experiencing the Alpine scenery from the air is the best way to do so. We do enjoy being able to share these experiences with people coming through Lake Tekapo. We're glad you had a nice experience with us and thank you again for... More 

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Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

We arrived in Tekapo, the sun was shining and we decided to check is Air Safaris had availability for their Grand Traverse plane flight over the Southern Alps. We expected to book in for the following day, however Lyndsey said they had availability at 4pm that afternoon, so we took advantage of the good weather and jumped on. The tour,... More 

Thank Jenn P
Air_Safaris, Sales Representive at Air Safaris, responded to this review

Hi Jenn, Thank you for taking the time to write a review and share your experience with us, Good on your for jumping on the earlier flight that day, we do believe in getting people flying when we know the weather and views are perfect at the time! Glad you had an all round great experience with us and thank... More 

Concord, California
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Reviewed 5 October 2016 via mobile

We had an amazing flight. The ride was smooth. The view was spectacular. The staff was terrific. The plane was comfortable.

Thank Judi912
Air_Safaris, Sales Representive at Air Safaris, responded to this review

Hi Judi, Thank you very much for your review, Glad you had a great flight with us and it was smooth enough for you on that day, it makes it all that much better when the weather is on our side. Thank you again and we hope you enjoyed your time in Lake Tekapo. Kind Regards, The Air Safaris Team. More 

Hobart, Australia
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Reviewed 4 October 2016

Staff so helpful and friendly, flight was absolutely fantastic. Views were breathtaking. Do the grand traverse, it's worth it as you won't see the same areas ever if you just travel by road. It would depend on the time/season as to how much notice is needed to be able to get a seat. They do have a number of planes... More 

Thank Elljaye20
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Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

What an amazing experience! It was unplanned & something I never thought I would do due to being a little scared of tiny small planes however the weather was perfect & somehow I came around which made my husband very very happy, his dream came true! Rob the pilot was fantastic, aware of my fear he reassured me all would... More 

Thank gcsv
Air_Safaris, Front Office Manager at Air Safaris, responded to this review

Hi gcsv, Thank you for taking the time to write a review of your experience. Well done for overcoming your fear and being able to join us on a flight, it sounds like you're pleased you came which is even better! Its great to hear your feedback for Rob, we try our best to accommodate everyone and keep you comfortable... More 

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