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Air Safaris

State Highway 8 | Tekapo Aerodrome, Lake Tekapo 7945, New Zealand
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Fantastic experience and stunning scenery

We had originally booked this to depart from the Franz Josef side of Mt Cook, but it was cancelled... read more

Reviewed 19 April 2018
Manel K
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London, United Kingdom
via mobile
perfect skies, perfect experience!

we where very lucky that the weather was so calm and clear. the pilot was very knowledgeable and... read more

Reviewed 1 April 2018
Cara M
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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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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  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
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“window seat” (17 reviews)
“mt cook” (50 reviews)
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Hours Today: 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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State Highway 8 | Tekapo Aerodrome, Lake Tekapo 7945, New Zealand
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"grand traverse"
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"window seat"
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"southern alps"
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"both sides"
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"scenic flight"
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"franz josef"
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"wonderful flight"
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"minute flight"
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"well worth the money"
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"tasman glacier"
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"running commentary"
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"clear weather"
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Reviewed 19 April 2018 via mobile

We had originally booked this to depart from the Franz Josef side of Mt Cook, but it was cancelled due to poor weather. However, Steve was a real star, and told us all about his stone jewellery, and he kindly showed us how he produces...More

Thank Manel K
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Reviewed 1 April 2018

we where very lucky that the weather was so calm and clear. the pilot was very knowledgeable and friendly as where the rest of the staff. the views where breath taking in the little plane that promises a window seat for every passenger. a must...More

Thank Cara M
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Reviewed 28 March 2018

My husband and I did the grand traverse flight, and the views are absolutely spectacular! It was honestly worth every penny to see Mount Cook and Lake Tekapo from above. I would say this is a must do in Lake Tekapo! Everyone on the plane...More

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Reviewed 18 March 2018 via mobile

Took the Mt Cook scenic flight on a beautiful clear day with a full complement of 7 passengers. Everyone had a window seat. Fantastic scenery and lots of great photos. Highly recommended.

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Reviewed 10 March 2018 via mobile

Richard at Lake Tekapo was beyond helpful on our check in for the flight. I'm rather tall and big in size and Richard went out of his way to have me sit down in two different aircraft to see what would be more comfortable for...More

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Reviewed 5 March 2018 via mobile

Due to the cyclone that closed the highways down to Franz Josef we had to change our plans so we headed down to Lake Tekapo. We saw these flights and decided that if we couldn't drive to see the glaciers we would treat ourselves and...More

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Reviewed 23 February 2018 via mobile

Wow! Organisation the night before was easy and no payment requested which was a relief as the weather might not have been as good as it was. The flight safety briefing was clear and concise and the staff were almost as excited as we were....More

Thank Deborah R
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Air_Safaris, Pilot at Air Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 19 March 2018

Hi Deborah, Great to hear you had an enjoyable flight with us in the Helicopter! It certainly is a unique experience, standing in the snow overlooking Mount Cook and our major Glaciers - a memorable excursion, that's for sure! I do hope you enjoyed your...More

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Reviewed 8 February 2018 via mobile

The perfect day and time to do it. No complains at all the flight and the pilot Leon pretty good. I truly recommend it.

Thank Erick T
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Reviewed 2 February 2018 via mobile

We booked this flight and were surprised there were free places. Only three of us took the grand traverse tour which was amazing. We saw all the main glaciers and as previously stated all had a window seat. The pilot was great and gave a...More

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Reviewed 16 January 2018 via mobile

Yeah we really enjoyed our Air Safari Grand Traverse - Sanna our pilot was professional and an excellent guide providing info and ensuring we could all see what we wanted. Mt Cook & the glacier are awe inspiring and the views of the lake amazing....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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