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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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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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Spectacular views, really enjoyable

Staff very friendly and professional. Good commentary from pilot and spectacular views of glaciers and mountains.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 23 March 2016
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Paraparaumu, New Zealand
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Paraparaumu, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2016

Staff very friendly and professional. Good commentary from pilot and spectacular views of glaciers and mountains.

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Thank petegarner2016
Air_Safaris, Front Office Manager at Air Safaris, responded to this review

Hello petegarner2016, Thank you for your review. We are pleased you enjoyed your Air Safaris experience. We greatly appreciate your comments in regards to our team. We hope you had a lovely time in Lake Tekapo. Kind regards, The Air Safaris Team More 

Blenheim, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2016

Took the flight to the glaciers and around Mount Cook. The impressions I took were unforgettable and breathtaking!

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2016

The day before the flight we drove up to Mt Cook, a beautiful drive with plenty to take in, but nothing gives you the perspective of the size and beauty like seeing it from the air. We decided to take a helicopter versus the plane to get a different perspective, what an experience it was. We flew from the air... More 

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

Hi clairesadventure, Thanks for sharing your review from your Air Safaris helicopter flight. Seeing the mountains and valleys from the air certainly gives you a whole new perspective, especially of just how big some of those peaks are! We are pleased to hear you enjoyed the more private experience and weren't disappointed with your flight! We hope you enjoyed the... More 

Nanango, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2016 via mobile

Doing the Grand Traverse over Mt Cook and Fox/Franz Glaciers is one of the best ways to see the countryside at this time of the year. The weather on the day was the best in a week. Pilot Rod was very knowledgeable and advice about enjoying the scenery and not continually taking photos was priceless. As all our seats had... More 

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

Hello Judi, Thank you for taking the time to write your review. It sounds like you were able to make the most of some good weather conditions! It''s great to hear you enjoyed the flight and took the pilots advice, seeing it with your own eyes and not through the camera all the time is the best way to enjoy... More 

Carlisle, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2016

My sister and I had the most fantastic experience with Air Safaris Tekapo a few days ago. All the staff we met (Rob, Matt & Tim) were very helpful, efficient and friendly. The itinery couldn't have been better. They were careful to explain all the things we could see, the geology, the mountains and the rural aspects of the countryside... More 

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

Hi newyork64, Many thanks for your kind review! We are pleased to hear you enjoyed the flight. We pride ourselves on our friendly and helpful service and our dedication to providing an efficiently run and wholesome experience so it's wonderful to read your lovely comments. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in New Zealand. Warm regards, The... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles 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 just did not measure up. The good stuff .... The staff was great, helpful and... More 

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Air_Safaris, Owner at Air Safaris, responded to this review

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 amazing views on your flight. The aircraft that we use for our scenic flights have... More 

Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2016 via mobile

despite the fact that it was a little cloudy it was so good. the grand traverse is worth every cent. stunning views over the Mackenzie Basin, the lakes and of course the mountains and Mt Cook. The staff at the receptions as well as the pilots are super helpful and friendly. Can only recommend this to everybody. the most epic... More 

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

Hello Christin, Thanks for taking the time to write a review of your flight. We're sorry you had some clouds to contend with on your flight, a perfectly clear day is often hard to come by but we are pleased to hear that you enjoyed the flight, the views of Mount Cook and the Mackenzie basin all the same. Thank... More 

Great Ouseburn, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2016

Look, I've been very fortunate in recent times. A chopper over the GC, two flights (pleasure and civil airliner) around Everest in just 24 hours and then a trip over the Barrier Reef a couple of weeks a go. BUT as I told our pilot Richard, this trip smashed the aforementioned. We arrived at 1145 and were told that for... More 

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

Hi MStJB, Wow! What a fantastic review, thank you! We are humbled that you rank our Grand Traverse so highly in your recent flying experiences, the Grand Canyon and Everest sound like fabulous trips! Our flight usually covers the Franz and Fox glaciers on the Western side of the island but not all of our flights make the decent into... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2016

NZ has a wealth of amazing adventures for tourists, but this must be one of the best. How else do you see snow-capped mountain wilderness, glaciers snaking down valleys, great river beds, azure lakes, and out to the Tasman sea in one breathtaking sweep? Air Safaris have good facilities at Tekapo and pleasant, helpful staff- they're happy to go that... More 

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

Hello John, Thanks for taking the time to share your review (and your photo tips, they are good ones!). We are pleased to hear you enjoyed the flight and appreciate your comments about our facilities and staff. We hope you were able to get some great photos and videos as well as take it all in, if not we look... More 

Krakow, Poland
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2016

Amazing flight with unforgettable views. The best 50 min. of fun money can buy. Mind you good weather helps.

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

Hi Mikolaj A Many thanks for your review of our flight. Good weather certainly does help make it an unforgettable experience, we are pleased you enjoyed it. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in New Zealand. Kind regards, The Air Safaris Team More 

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