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Air Safaris

State Highway 8 | Tekapo Aerodrome, Lake Tekapo 7945, New Zealand
+64 3-680 6880
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Awesome flight over mountains, lakes and forests

My husband and I booked to go on the Grand Traverse and were not disappointed. We had a perfect day... read more

Reviewed 8 May 2016
Helen M
BEAUTY THAT COULD MAKE YOU CRY

Flying around Mt Cook and the glaciers from Lake Tekapo is not cheap (more than our flight from Aus... read more

Reviewed 8 May 2016
Loris G
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Adelaide, 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 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...More

Thank Helen M
Air_Safaris, Front Office Manager at Air Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 6 June 2016

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...More

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...More

Thank Loris G
Air_Safaris, Front Office Manager at Air Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 6 June 2016

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...More

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....More

Thank fionajane2015
Air_Safaris, Front Office Manager at Air Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 6 June 2016

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...More

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...More

Thank Michael S
Air_Safaris, Front Office Manager at Air Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 31 May 2016

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...More

Reviewed 12 April 2016 via mobile

It was a bit cloudy down at ground level but we were assured things would be different once in the air. Didn't that prove to be true. Our pilot Leon was excellent and provided a running commentary of all the highlights. Views of the glaciers,...More

Thank Brian G
Air_Safaris, Front Office Manager at Air Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 21 April 2016

Hello Brian G, Thank you for your lovely review. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed the flight. Conditions around the mountains can often be very different from what we can see from the ground, its great that you checked in with us. Hopefully you...More

Reviewed 10 April 2016

informative commentary about lakes, glaciers and southern alps. probably worth it. i also recommend the schedule near sunset if the sky is clear, the scenery is incredible.More

Thank Lily T
Air_Safaris, Front Office Manager at Air Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 21 April 2016

Hi Lily T, Thank you for taking the time to share your review. We are pleased you enjoyed the flight. Flights at the end of the day often bring some of the most unique views, sounds like you were very lucky to get a late...More

Reviewed 10 April 2016

A wonderful flight from Tekapo across the lake and past Godley Peaks before flyong over the Murchison, Tasman, Franz Joseph and Fox glaciers, then around Aoraki/Mount Cook

Thank Chch_NZ_couple
Air_Safaris, Front Office Manager at Air Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 21 April 2016

Hello Chch_NZ_couple, Thanks for your review, we are pleased to hear you enjoyed the trip. We hope you had a great time in Lake Tekapo. Kind regards, The Air Safaris Team

Reviewed 7 April 2016

The best flight you can book in the New Zealand Alps. Extraordinary, awesome, stunning, amazing, memorable are just a few adjectivs to describe the flight. But it's not about the flight only, with it's unforgetable views on Aoroaki/Mt. Cook, Mt. Tasman, Mt. Sefton and all...More

Thank kaeline71
Air_Safaris, Front Office Manager at Air Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 11 April 2016

Hello kaeline71, Thank you for taking the time to share your review with us. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your Air Safaris experience. I have passed your comments onto the rest of the team. We are very lucky to have a team of...More

Reviewed 4 April 2016

The opportunity to see a part of New Zealand that I would never be able to access any other way was the catalyst for undertaking Air Safaris' "Grand Traverse" scenic flight over. Our pilot, Matt, provided commentary on what we were seeing, including Lake Tekapo,...More

Thank jhar793
Air_Safaris, Front Office Manager at Air Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 11 April 2016

Hello jhar793, Thank you for your wonderful review of your Grand Traverse flight! I am pleased to hear you were able to get a flight in and make the most of some good conditions before the weather changed. A downside to the changing conditions is...More

Reviewed 2 April 2016

First of all the staff at Air Safaris is wonderful. They are friendly, warm and very helpful. The day we were scheduled for a flight, the clouds were covering Franz Joseph and Mt. Cook and the winds would limit where we could fly. They explained...More

Thank MargheritaDH
Air_Safaris, Front Office Manager at Air Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 6 April 2016

Hello MargheritaDH, Thank you for taking the time to share a review of your Air Safaris experience. Sounds like you had a good flight, despite the weather making things hard, we are pleased to hear you enjoyed your flight of the mountains and glaciers. We...More

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paulinecarroll7
Price for a couple in October
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
We are headed to Lake Tekapo in January and would like to book a flight. Is it best to book once we arrive in case of weather?
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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