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Air Safaris

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State Highway 8 | Tekapo Aerodrome, Lake Tekapo 7945, New Zealand
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Gorgeous views!

Our time with Air Safaris was certainly one of the highlights of our trip. We arranged for the... read more

Reviewed 17 April 2017
Terence C
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Hong Kong, China
Flying over glaciers and Mt Cook should be a bucket list must.

On a near perfect day, a little bumpy in parts, the hour long flight was brilliant. Scenery... read more

Reviewed 11 April 2017
John H
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Melbourne, Australia
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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 17 April 2017

Our time with Air Safaris was certainly one of the highlights of our trip. We arranged for the combo Mackenzie Explorer and Grand Traverse tours, and were delighted with our choice. The pilots were very professional and gave a great overview of the region, pointing...More

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Air_Safaris, Pilot at Air Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 3 May 2017

Hi Terence, Thanks for your lovely comments on your Grand Traverse/Mackenzie Explorer flights. A great choice doing both products, seeing the extent of NZ's largest mountains and glaciers on the Aeroplane, and exploring the Lake Tekapo area in the Helicopter. The Alpine Landing is a...More

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Reviewed 11 April 2017

On a near perfect day, a little bumpy in parts, the hour long flight was brilliant. Scenery spectacular and the pilot really informative. Planes smaller than a jumbo terrify me, but this was more than worth any respirations.

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Reviewed 10 April 2017 via mobile

Really enjoyed our Grand Traverse. The views were spectacular and the pilot did an awesome job of banking turns so both sides got a great view. He was also very knowledgable and told us all about the lakes, mountains, rivers, glaciers, high country stations, etc....More

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Reviewed 9 April 2017 via mobile

Was recommended either a heli or plane tour of Mt Cook and the glaciers. Unfortunately, being over on the east coast I couldn't arrange one from Franz Joseph. Had heard that Air Safaris ran one from Tekapo, booked one and crossed my fingers for good...More

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Air_Safaris, Pilot at Air Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 3 May 2017

Hi padprod, Thanks for your wonderful review of your flight with us here in Lake Tekapo. Sounds like you had an absolute bluebird day! We really appreciate your comments re. limiting the photo count, and repeat the same ourselves. The sights along the way are...More

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Reviewed 1 April 2017

Booked flight with the lovely staff at Franz Josef office for Air Safaris. Were very helpful about changing the flight times for the plane trip as the low cloud cover over the village was stopping anyone from flying a lot of vthe day. Fortunately after...More

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Reviewed 31 March 2017 via mobile

My wife and I decided to take the Grand Traverse trip which lasted one hour. I was a little reluctant at first as at $340 for 2 it seemed expensive. However afterwards I felt it was well worth the money. I was lucky enough to...More

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Reviewed 25 March 2017

Disappointed because my helicopter tour had been cancelled, I dejectedly headed toward Wanaka.. But, I happened to notice a small office for Air Safaris near Lake Pukaki.. Vacant.. However, there was a number to call.. I figured I had nothing to lose, so I called.....More

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Air_Safaris, Pilot at Air Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 3 May 2017

Hi, Thanks for taking your time to review the Grand Traverse flight with us here in Lake Tekapo! Richard, myself and the rest of the team certainly appreciate your lovely comments about your experience with us here, I'm really pleased we could make the flight...More

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Reviewed 10 March 2017

The Air Safari over Lake Tekapo was absolutely amazing. We were lucky to have crystal clear weather that day and photos just don't do it any justice. You have to see it yourself to enjoy the experience. Highly recommended for everyone.

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Reviewed 27 February 2017

I understand that clouds happen, but it was not on this day. This is a must do if the weather is clear. I have heard that multiple times, but I wholeheartedly agree.

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Reviewed 21 February 2017

Air Safaris' Grand Traverse (a one hour flight) is a superb experience! The booking, 'check in', and flight arrangements were all dead easy, friendly and efficient, and the aeroplanes ideal - high wings, large windows, single seat rows meant everyone got a good view, and...More

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paulinecarroll7
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
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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