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Air Safaris

State Highway 8 | Tekapo Aerodrome, Lake Tekapo 7945, New Zealand
+64 3-680 6880
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Beautiful Grand Traverse Flight

I absolutely enjoyed every moment of the Grand Traverse Flight with the lovely and very... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Juless267
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Canterbury Region, New Zealand
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AMAZING

It has been one of the best experience of my life! Those mountains were breathtaking!! I would... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Eriikita
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Montreal, Canada
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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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  • Very good3%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
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Hours Today: 08:00 - 17:30
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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State Highway 8 | Tekapo Aerodrome, Lake Tekapo 7945, New Zealand
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+64 3-680 6880
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I absolutely enjoyed every moment of the Grand Traverse Flight with the lovely and very knowledgeable pilot Sanna. Great views on a perfectly clear and sunny day, I can only recommend this experience to everyone who’s considering it!! Thank you Air Safaris for this unforgettable...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It has been one of the best experience of my life! Those mountains were breathtaking!! I would definitely do it again!! Pilot explain lots of things and made it even more interesting !

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Reviewed 13 July 2018

There are no words to describe the 50 minutes we have just had flying over the Southern Alps with pilot Joe. Smooth flight, breathtaking views, great commentary and an experience that will be long remembered.. thoroughly recommended..More

Thank Su A
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Air_Safaris, Pilot at Air Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 14 July 2018

Hi Su, Thanks for your lovely words after your flight here with us! It was my pleasure to take you folks on the Grand Traverse - such incredible weather, a day as smooth and clear as today certainly made for excellent conditions! Some spectacular avalanches...More

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Reviewed 27 June 2018 via mobile

(By plane) Yes, it costs a little bit of money... but on a good day with few to no clouds... WHAT A TREAT! It is worth every penny!! The pilot is friendly and talkative, providing great commentary during the flight (he will also make you...More

Thank Dom21076
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Air_Safaris, Manager at Air Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 29 June 2018

Hi Dom21076, Thanks very much for taking the time to write a review. We are really glad you enjoyed your Grand Traverse flight around Mount Cook and the glaciers - it is an amazing way to see the area. We hope you enjoyed your holiday...More

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Reviewed 21 June 2018 via mobile

This is the most memorable ride we had. We took a helicopter and the pilot was very good. He took us high to Mt Cook. Though it was winding and cloudy he managed to show us many surroundings and landed in a place where we...More

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Air_Safaris, Manager at Air Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 22 June 2018

Thanks very much for your comments NDharmawansa, we are really glad you enjoyed your flight with us. June has been a challenging month with fog and cloud here but in between we have had some magic days for flying. We hope you enjoyed your time...More

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Reviewed 18 June 2018 via mobile

Must try, a bird view at lake tekapo and fly to mt cook and snow landing at the highest point of Mt Cook

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Tim R, Manager at Air Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 20 June 2018

We are really glad you enjoyed your helicopter flight with us. Our high snow landing sites are stunning places to land and enjoy the scenery. Hope the rest of your NZ holiday went well.

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Reviewed 27 May 2018

Take the 50 minute flight over the highest mountains and glaciers of NZ. The commentary from the pilot is first class and the views are breath-taking. But do try to pick a cloud free day.

Thank Daryl M
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Air_Safaris, Manager at Air Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 20 June 2018

Really glad you loved the flight guys. The fixed wing option is quite a bit cheaper than a similar helicopter experience but allows you to see a whole heap more breathtaking scenery.

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Reviewed 18 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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Air_Safaris, Manager at Air Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 20 June 2018

So glad you got to experience the Grand Traverse on such an amazing day!

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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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Air_Safaris, Manager at Air Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 20 June 2018

Glad you loved it guys - thanks!

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Reviewed 27 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

Thank ehoisington
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Air_Safaris, Manager at Air Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 20 June 2018

Glad you had a great flight guys. Thanks for the feedback on the commentary - will check it out as we want to make sure everyone can hear the pilot. Thanks.

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ikihappy
26 May 2018|
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Response from traveller2148 | Reviewed this property |
We were advised to take the flight at first opportunity in case weather gets worse later. We did the plane flight over mt cook, fox and Franz Josef glaciers which was excellent. Only booked day before and there was plenty of... 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
14 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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