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Air Safaris

State Highway 8 | Tekapo Aerodrome, Lake Tekapo 7945, New Zealand
+64 3-680 6880
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Superb - Just do it

Staff so helpful and friendly, flight was absolutely fantastic. Views were breathtaking. Do the... read more

Reviewed 4 October 2016
Elljaye20
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Hobart, Australia
SPECTACULAR!!!!

What an amazing experience! It was unplanned & something I never thought I would do due to being a... read more

Reviewed 25 September 2016
gcsv
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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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Hours Today: 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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State Highway 8 | Tekapo Aerodrome, Lake Tekapo 7945, New Zealand
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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...More

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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...More

Thank gcsv
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Air_Safaris, Front Office Manager at Air Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 29 September 2016

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...More

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Reviewed 24 September 2016

Air Safari were very professional, very friendly, and gave really good service. They actually advised us to change our flight time to make the best of perfect flying conditions, and they were right. We had sunny weather with perfect visibility over the mountains. Awesome views!...More

Thank Naoal
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Air_Safaris, Front Office Manager at Air Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 29 September 2016

Hi Naoal, Thanks for sharing your review. Sounds like you were able to make the most of a sunny day for your flight! The weather here can change so much it always pays to check in with us, well done! We're pleased you enjoyed the...More

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Reviewed 7 September 2016

We booked the Grand Traverse flight (Tekapo) for the morning session in advance. Upon arrival, the weather was very good according to my observation. However, they told us the sky near Fox and Franz Josef Glacier was very cloudy, and therefore, we might not be...More

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Thank Henry W
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Air_Safaris, Front Office Manager at Air Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 29 September 2016

Hi Henry, Thanks for your lovely review! We're so sorry we couldn't give you a full Grand Traverse flight experience during your stay in Tekapo but it's great to hear that you still enjoyed the views over the Mackenzie and the other features, as well...More

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Reviewed 27 August 2016

Grand traverse fromTekapo to Franz Josef and return. the whole flight exceeded my expectations.We meandered up Lake Tekapo to the Cass valley, then over to the Murchison and Tasman glaciers, where we saw 9 glacier skiers! We then went down the Franz Josef glacier from...More

Thank simont23
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Air_Safaris, Front Office Manager at Air Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 14 September 2016

Hi Simon, Thanks for sharing such a detailed review! It sounds like you were a rather lucky passenger on one of our trips to our West Coast base to swap an aircraft, what a bonus! We are pleased you enjoyed the flight and took so...More

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Reviewed 25 August 2016

What an amazing experience!!! We booked the grand traverse scenic flight the night before. That was no problem at all, but we had been there during low season. No idea how busy it is during peak season. It is just a few minutes drive from...More

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Air_Safaris, Front Office Manager at Air Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 14 September 2016

Hi MiriamNiessen, Thanks for sharing a review of your flight, you've covered all the points! We really appreciate the lovely comments and are so pleased you enjoyed the trip, making sure we provide exactly what we say we do is high on our priorities list!...More

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Reviewed 24 August 2016

Excellent Flight over Tekapo. Weather was not good early on so they changed our time to suit us and weather. Good communication and excellent service.More

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Air_Safaris, Front Office Manager at Air Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 14 September 2016

Hi Leigh-timaru, Thank you for taking the time to share this review. We're pleased we were still able to accommodate you around the weather, thanks for being so understanding on the day! Your comments are greatly appreciated and have been passed onto the rest of...More

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Reviewed 2 August 2016 via mobile

My first time in a helicopter and I throughly enjoyed it. The pilot explained everything and was very reassuring for a nervous flyer. The scenario was breathtaking, plenty of photo opportunities.

Thank Catwood71
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Air_Safaris, Front Office Manager at Air Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 23 August 2016

Hi Catwood71, Thanks for sharing your review, its great to hear you enjoyed your helicopter flight! We hope you had a great time in Lake Tekapo! Kind regards, The Air Safaris Team

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Reviewed 29 July 2016 via mobile

I write now so I don't forget anything. We were booked for yesterday but the weather wasn't good so they rebooked us and I can say it was worth the wait. Our pilot was Matt and we flew over the glaciers and next to Mount...More

1  Thank oscarjosefina
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Air_Safaris, Front Office Manager at Air Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 23 August 2016

Hello oscarjosefina, Many thanks for taking the time to share a review of your flight. We're sorry you were unable to fly on your original booking but glad you were able to join us when we had some better conditions. We appreciate your comments about...More

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Reviewed 2 July 2016 via mobile

This was the most fantastic experience I got for our wedding anniversary. My husband was thrilled. Very professional, excellent service, and personal. Would recommend this to everyone, out of this world, just amazing.

1  Thank Angiewilliams2001
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Air_Safaris, Front Office Manager at Air Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 20 July 2016

Hi Angie, Thank you for taking the time to review your flight, we're pleased you enjoyed your Air Safaris experience. Your comments are greatly appreciated as is that wonderful recommendation! Thanks again, The Air Safaris Team

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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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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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