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Air Safaris

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“grand traverse”(63 reviews)
“window seat”(16 reviews)
“mt cook”(50 reviews)
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...more
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State Highway 8 | Tekapo Aerodrome, Lake Tekapo 7945, New Zealand
+64 3-680 6880
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 26 March 2008

We boarded the small 8 passenger plane outside of Lake Tekapo at Air Safaris for The Grand Traverse of Mt. Cook. As we took off we could see the beautiful turquoise waters of Lake Tekapo beneath us. We flew over the high country sheep farms...More

4  Thank gayla
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 29 February 2016

We have flown numerous times in a small plane. They have all been excellent experiences and so should have been this one. Unfortunately, we came away disappointed and poorer! The reviews for this flight over Mount Cook and the glaziers were excellent but our experience...More

2  Thank JoKen M
Air_Safaris, Owner at Air Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 7 March 2016

Hello JoKen M, Thank you for sharing your review. We appreciate the lovely comments in regards to our team, facilities, the flight itself and our customer service; however, we are extremely sorry to hear you were unhappy with your overall experience, even though you got...More

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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

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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
Reviewed 13 December 2011

When we at Lake Tekapo in 2011 we looked at doing the Air Safari flight. However, the weather was not good enough and we had to wait until we came back this year, 2011. What attracted me was the flight was 50 minutes and travelled...More

Thank Geertje37
Reviewed 12 October 2011

I was lucky enough to win two scenic flights with Air Safaris, which I was able to take on my recent trip to NZ. While battling with the highly changeable NZ weather caused some delays in being able to fly, once up in the air...More

Thank woolygirl1
Annabelle A, Marketing & Sales at Air Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 17 November 2011

Thank you very much for your comment. I'm so pleased you enjoyed your flight - it's great to get a perspective on this area from the air!! It was great you could hang around for the weather to clear ... the weather can be very...More

Reviewed 23 November 2010

We went on the Air Safaris scenic flight from Lake Tekapo and had a fantastic flight. The pilot was knowledgable and friendly and his commentary was first class. We flew over Lake Tekapo and up to the Southern Alps, we had fantastic views of the...More

Thank tpodUk
Reviewed 9 May 2010

A definite must. Great flight coupled with the pilots amazing knowledge of the area. Breath taking scenery.

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Reviewed 1 April 2008

We decided to take Air Safaris Grand Traverse from Franz Joseph. We had a superb view of Mt Cook and the Southern Alps from the 8 seater fixed wing plane. There were breathtaking views of Mt Cook and Mt Tasman. We flew really close to...More

1  Thank 2poms
Reviewed 26 March 2008

We boarded the small 8 passenger plane outside of Lake Tekapo at Air Safaris for The Grand Traverse of Mt. Cook. As we took off we could see the beautiful turquoise waters of Lake Tekapo beneath us. We flew over the high country sheep farms...More

4  Thank gayla
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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
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
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