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Air Safaris

State Highway 8 | Tekapo Aerodrome, Lake Tekapo 7945, New Zealand
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Wonderful experience

Although this is a rather expensive it is worth every cent. We have booked a tour earlier in the... read more

Reviewed 21 January 2017
docamm24
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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Beautiful Views!

My husband and I got married in Tekapo on new years 2016 and rented a helicopter to get some... read more

Reviewed 16 January 2017
RA L
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Denver, Colorado
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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 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

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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

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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
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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

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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

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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

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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!

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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

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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
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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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Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

We arrived in Tekapo, the sun was shining and we decided to check is Air Safaris had availability for their Grand Traverse plane flight over the Southern Alps. We expected to book in for the following day, however Lyndsey said they had availability at 4pm...More

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

Hi Jenn, Thank you for taking the time to write a review and share your experience with us, Good on your for jumping on the earlier flight that day, we do believe in getting people flying when we know the weather and views are perfect...More

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Reviewed 5 October 2016 via mobile

We had an amazing flight. The ride was smooth. The view was spectacular. The staff was terrific. The plane was comfortable.More

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

Hi Judi, Thank you very much for your review, Glad you had a great flight with us and it was smooth enough for you on that day, it makes it all that much better when the weather is on our side. Thank you again and...More

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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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Ip I
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
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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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