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Address: State Highway 8 | Tekapo Aerodrome, Lake Tekapo 7945, New Zealand
Phone Number:
+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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Simply stunning

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... read more

Reviewed 12 April 2016
Brian G
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Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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, Mt Cook and the Alps were spectacular. Hard to take a bad picture! Don't miss... More 

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

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 have some fantastic photos to take away with you! We hope you enjoyed the rest... More 

Hong Kong, China
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7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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.

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

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 afternoon time slot! Kind regards, The Air Safaris Team More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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128 reviews
82 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
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

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

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 More 

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54 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
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 the other giants of the Southern Alps, it was also about the friendliness of the... More 

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Thank kaeline71
Air_Safaris, Front Office Manager at Air Safaris, responded to this review

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 people who are so passionate about this area and who love to share it with... More 

Tin Can Bay, Australia
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59 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
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, rivers and glaciers - Murchison and Tasman - glacier lakes, and mountains including Mt Tasman,... More 

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Thank jhar793
Air_Safaris, Front Office Manager at Air Safaris, responded to this review

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 often that they are preceded by wind which can cause some in flight bumps, we... More 

Greenbrae, California
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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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 all this and gave us the choice of an alternate, shorter flight which would still... More 

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

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 appreciate your lovely comments about our team, I have passed these on to the pilots.... More 

London Town
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28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2016

A spectacular up-close-and-personal encounter with mount cook! The views of the glaciers and mountains are second to none. Staff are extremely friendly and helpful and the pilot was fantastic.

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

Hello bpretorius, Thanks for sharing a review of your flight. We appreciate your lovely comments, these have been passed onto the team! An 'up close and personal encounter' is a great way to describe the flight, we are so lucky to be able to offer you such an experience, our pilots love sharing that close up view with the passengers.... More 

Surrey, United Kingdom
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126 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2016

This has to be one of the highlights of our trip to Lake Tekapo, in fact of the whole trips! Matt, our pilot, was thorough in his safety briefing, we watched him check over the plane... a very professional organisation indeed! The flight itself was breathtaking with a good commentary! Flying over and between the mountains, seeing the glaciers and... More 

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

Hello ABANtraveller, Thank you for taking the time to share your review, its great to hear you enjoyed the flight so much to make it a highlight! The views of the mountains and glaciers from above are just wonderful aren't they?! Thanks for your recommendation also. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in New Zealand. Kind regards,... More 

Paraparaumu, New Zealand
1 review
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
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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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