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Address: State Highway 8 | Tekapo Aerodrome, Lake Tekapo 7945, New Zealand
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+64 3-680 6880
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08:00 - 17:30
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 17:30
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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 were celebrating our first year Anniversary and what a better way to start the day with a one hour scenic flight over The Grand Traverse. Our Pilot Leon was... read more

Reviewed 7 June 2016
Paula S
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Perth, United Kingdom
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Perth, United Kingdom
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72 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 June 2016

My husband and I were celebrating our first year Anniversary and what a better way to start the day with a one hour scenic flight over The Grand Traverse. Our Pilot Leon was friendly, knowledgable and provided great commentary, oh yeah, and the flight was very smooth, I don't think I can even recall one bout of turbulence! The weather... More 

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

Hi Paula, Thank you for taking the time to share a review of your flight. Firstly congratulations on your first anniversary! We're pleased you chose to celebrate it with us and even more so that you enjoyed the Grand Traverse experience so much. Thank you for your lovely comments about the flight, Leon, and the airport, its all very much... More 

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Reviewed 30 May 2016

Absolutely amazing.......Mr.Tim and Senior Tim..........was simply superb. There front office staff, airbase staff, pilot and all other staffs were so professional... we thoroughly enjoyed the scenic ride..................!! dont ever miss it friends when u r at lake tekapo......... look for Mr. Tim & Senior Tim.............every $ is worth....!!!

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Thank Thomas J
Newport, United Kingdom
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45 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 May 2016

If you travel on holiday to New Zealand and tour the country you will want to make the most of it. We took the flight with Air Safaris, over Lake Tekapo and to view the glaciers. The views were tremendous and worth the cost of the flight.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 May 2016

This is a top quality experience with genuine people committed to quality and giving the best passenger experience. They judge when flight conditions will be best, and though this meant there were no flights for a few days, the wait was well worth it. Matt's a fantastic pilot keeping us all well informed with a very friendly professional approach, happy... More 

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Thank penguin314598
Air_Safaris, Front Office Manager at Air Safaris, responded to this review

Hello penguin314598, Thank you for such a lovely review and great comments! We are sorry you had to wait around for a few days before we were able to get some good flying conditions, a downside to our stunning alpine location unfortunately, however we greatly appreciate your flexibility and understanding! Our aim is to offer a fully rounded experience, not... More 

London, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 May 2016 via mobile

Prior to my trip I'd been in touch with the guys at air safaris about the weather & the best / most likely day to fly & they'd been very helpful & efficient at getting back to me. While you can never predict the weather, they advised Tuesday morning as being the best time / most likely time to fly... More 

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

Hello Liz, Thank you for sharing a review! By the sounds of it you were caught up in our week of terrible weather in mid May, thank you so much for being so patient and understanding, it seems the wait was worth it and you got some fantastic flying conditions in the end! In regards to the seating in the... More 

Istanbul
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31 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 May 2016 via mobile

I decided to try the scenic flight with Air Safaris after a friend had recommended and It was a fantastic experience. The view of Mt Cook, the valleys and The Tasman Sea as well as the glacier is absolutely stunning. In addition to this, everyone is so friendly, professional and informative. We even got a boarding pass and certificates. Rob... More 

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

Hi deafleopard80, Thank you for sharing your review. We greatly appreciate your comments about the team; we are very proud, and lucky, to have a team who all enjoy sharing the experience with passengers. I have passed your comments on to Rob also. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in New Zealand. Kind regards, The Air Safaris... More 

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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 8 May 2016

My husband and I booked to go on the Grand Traverse and were not disappointed. We had a perfect day and an hour whizzed by as we flew over turquoise lakes, glaciers and Mt Cook. So close, we felt like we could lean out and touch it. A fantastic experience and we would recommend anyone visiting the area make the... More 

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

Hello Helen, Thanks for taking the time to share a review of our Grand Traverse. We're pleased to hear you enjoyed it! Our pilots love being able to take passengers so close to the mountain, it's a fantastic part of the flight. Thank you for your recommendation, we love the thought of the experience being an investment! We hope you... More 

Adelaide, Australia
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 May 2016

Flying around Mt Cook and the glaciers from Lake Tekapo is not cheap (more than our flight from Aus to get there) but it is so worth every cent. We were gobsmacked that you didn't just fly over the mountain and the glaciers but we were looking Mt Cook in the face... right alongside it. We were very aware that... More 

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

Hello Loris, Thanks for your lovely review! It's great to hear you enjoyed the flight. We aim to be able to show passengers the diverse scenery we have in the area and the face and summit of Mt Cook are some of the most impressive features! Safety and comfort are two of our biggest priorities, we try our best to... More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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26 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 May 2016

It was a special occasion, it was a glorious day, it was an unplanned booking. We were captivated by the scenery and informed of the history and given a sense of grandeur. We loved the 'grand traverse' scenic flight and would recommend it to all. We saw glaciers, lakes, southern alps, climbers and other adventurers.

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Thank fionajane2015
Air_Safaris, Front Office Manager at Air Safaris, responded to this review

Hi fionajane2015, Thank you for you review. It sounds like you made the most of a beautiful day, we're pleased to hear you enjoyed the flight. Well done spotting climbers on the flight too, its amazing what you can see from above! We are grateful for your recommendation also, it's highly appreciated. Kind regards, The Air Safaris Team More 

Level Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 April 2016

My wife and my 4 year old son and I all took the Grand Traverse from Tekapo. Approximately 50 minutes in the air, plus 20 minutes signup and safety briefing, and a 5/10 minute wash-up and photos mean all up this can be done easily in about 1.5 hours. The entire experience was amazing - the friendly staff, clean and... More 

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

Hello Michael, Thanks for taking the time to share your review. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your Air Safaris experience, we aim to provide a whole experience rather than just the flight so it's great to hear you got just that. We are thrilled to be apart of your NZ must dos, and appreciate your recommendation. We hope... More 

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