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Air Safaris

State Highway 8 | Tekapo Aerodrome, Lake Tekapo 7945, New Zealand
+64 3-680 6880
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Should be a 'Must-Do' on the list of every people who loves grand landscape!

I booked the 'Sunset Flight' at the beginning but due to the weather condition, Air Safaris... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Yu L

The most amazing thing I have ever done in my life. This company is so pleasurable to deal with... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Kylie T
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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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State Highway 8 | Tekapo Aerodrome, Lake Tekapo 7945, New Zealand
+64 3-680 6880
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I booked the 'Sunset Flight' at the beginning but due to the weather condition, Air Safaris suggested us to take The Grand Traverse instead. It is proved to be a fantastic experience, and the breathtaking grand landscape really shocked us from the air. Our pilot...More

Thank Yu L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The most amazing thing I have ever done in my life. This company is so pleasurable to deal with, from ever single member of staff, thank you so much. And the views were spectacular we got so close to Mt Cook and were able to...More

Thank Kylie T
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Took a helicopter flight around Mount Cook that included a snow landing. What an experience - well worth the money - fantastic views and all enhanced by the excellent, knowledgeable, commentary by our pilot. Obviously this experience is totally weather dependent and we were over...More

1  Thank PamNottingham_UK
Reviewed 7 June 2017 via mobile

Incredible veiws that you cant get anywhere else. Our pilot Leon was very skilled and the takeoff and landing was smooth. He had a lot of knowledge in the area that he shared with us. Trip is on the expensive side but with air safaris...More

Thank Nikki D
Reviewed 21 May 2017 via mobile

Air Safaris were wonderful people. They assisted in every way to make our visit an experience to remember. This was a trip for my relatives they hadn't even realised should be part of their 'bucket list.' It will certainly remain a highlight of our trip....More

Thank Julie W
Reviewed 17 May 2017 via mobile

I visited Air Safaris last week with a bunch of other travel agents on a famil. We got the chance to do the Grand Traverse flight and oh my word!! We all agreed that this experience really took the cake. A stunning day and our...More

Thank sophieohgrady
Reviewed 23 April 2017 via mobile

We thought long and hard about the cost of a helicopter flight, as anyone who has looked at them will know, they're not cheap. Neither of us had been in a helicopter before, so we chose a relatively short (35 min) flight out across the...More

Thank smurf4568
Reviewed 22 April 2017

We were travelling through the area on our way to Queenstown and my husband phoned to see if there were seats available. They booked us in for 2:00 p.m. and when we arrived we found we were the only ones booked. They asked us if...More

2  Thank Sandra F
Air_Safaris, Pilot at Air Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 2 May 2017

Hi Sandra, Thanks for your wonderful comments regarding our Grand Traverse flight! I'm glad we could get you folks up and flying, and a brilliant day weather wise it was too - not much can beat the Mount Cook & Westland National Parks on a...More

Reviewed 16 April 2017

Our time with Air Safaris was certainly one of the highlights of our trip. We arranged for the combo Mackenzie Explorer and Grand Traverse tours, and were delighted with our choice. The pilots were very professional and gave a great overview of the region, pointing...More

Thank Terence C
Air_Safaris, Pilot at Air Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 3 May 2017

Hi Terence, Thanks for your lovely comments on your Grand Traverse/Mackenzie Explorer flights. A great choice doing both products, seeing the extent of NZ's largest mountains and glaciers on the Aeroplane, and exploring the Lake Tekapo area in the Helicopter. The Alpine Landing is a...More

Reviewed 10 April 2017

On a near perfect day, a little bumpy in parts, the hour long flight was brilliant. Scenery spectacular and the pilot really informative. Planes smaller than a jumbo terrify me, but this was more than worth any respirations.

Thank John H
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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
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