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Air Safaris

State Highway 8 | Tekapo Aerodrome, Lake Tekapo 7945, New Zealand
+64 3-680 6880
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A Truly Incredible Experience!

We arranged our Air Safari months in advance as we would be visiting New Zealand from San... read more

Reviewed 30 January 2017
THSF
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San Francisco, California
Amazing flight!!

The Grand Traverse is a real winner. It's a one-hour flight up Lake Tekapo across the Divide to the... read more

Reviewed 29 January 2017
Silverstreak46
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Vienna, Virginia
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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 January 2017

We arranged our Air Safari months in advance as we would be visiting New Zealand from San Francisco. The day we were scheduled to go on our Air Safari, the weather was not cooperating. The fine folks at the Air Safari office suggested we check...More

1  Thank THSF
Air_Safaris, Director of Sales at Air Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 14 February 2017

Hi THSF, Sorry that the weather wasn't the greatest on your day of arrival! It has been a little challaging this season, especially more so for the pilots wanting to get up in the air to share the experience with people like yourself. We do...More

Reviewed 29 January 2017

The Grand Traverse is a real winner. It's a one-hour flight up Lake Tekapo across the Divide to the West Coast to see Fox, Franz Josef and Tasman glaciers, then around Mt. Cook and other peaks and across the valleys and rivers to home. High...More

Thank Silverstreak46
Air_Safaris, Director of Sales at Air Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 14 February 2017

Hi Silvestreak46, Thanks a lot for your review! We're pleased you enjoyed your flight with us and your overall experience of the Southern Alps was incredible. Have a great day. Kind Regards, Air Safaris

Reviewed 25 January 2017

This adventure gave me the best views of all the trips that I took while in New Zealand. While staying in Lake Tekapo, I decided to try this and am I glad I did. The pilot (Tom) gave us a great view of Mt Cook...More

Thank Zalster
Air_Safaris, Director of Sales at Air Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 14 February 2017

Hi Zalster, Thank you for taking the time to write us a review and share your experience with others, we do appreciate it! Seems like you enjoyed your flight with us which is great we do aim to show as much as we possibly can...More

Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

Although this is a rather expensive it is worth every cent. We have booked a tour earlier in the week at the Franz Josef Glacier, but this trip was canceled due to bad weather. Arriving at Lake Tepako, we dropped in a few hours early...More

1  Thank docamm24
Air_Safaris, Director of Sales at Air Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 14 February 2017

Hi Docamm24, Thank you for your review! We apologise about the weather this years summer hasn't been the one we expected or are used to! but it does seem to be picking up now which is great for us. We do aim to keep our...More

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...More

Thank RA L
Air_Safaris, Director of Sales at Air Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 14 February 2017

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

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...More

1  Thank JaneReigate_Surreyuk
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....More

Thank mikeedeedee
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
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...More

Thank rosie_lusznat
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...More

Thank Brandylady
Air_Safaris, Sales Representive at Air Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 10 January 2017

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...More

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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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