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Air Safaris

P.O. Box 71, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand
+64 3 680 6880
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Ranked #8 of 17 Attractions in Franz Josef
Type: Mountains, Adventure
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Owner description: Our fixed wing scenic flights promise an incredible view of the mighty Franz and Fox Glaciers and rugged Westland National Park before traversing Mount Cook to explore the vast Mount Cook National Park. Every seat a window seat – get the big picture! Experience breathtaking alpine scenery on an exciting scenic glacier flight with Air Safaris from their base at Franz Josef in Westland National Park on the West Coast - a must-do South Island tourist attraction.
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Singapore, Singapore
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31 reviews 31 reviews
11 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Just four people aboard the single-prop plane, you don't have to wait for a full plane before Air Safaris take off. Everybody has a window seat with clear view out. Before you realise it you are airborne and enjoying the views of the surrounding countryside and then the snow covered peaks. The pilot, Mark, provided an interesting commentary, ensuring you... More

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Sydney, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

Such a spectacular flight. Everyone has a window seat and the views are awesome. You get a long flight over all the mountains and glaciers. Very professional crew. A must do

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Singapore
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245 reviews 245 reviews
57 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014 via mobile

We took the whole family, admittedly a bit nervous at first. But Tony, the pilot was simply fantastic. He explained everything and, as the weather was uncertain, he took his time to see the developments and decide if we can fly at all. It cleared up, we flew, and we felt safe the whole time. The take off was extremely... More

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Cromwell, Otago, New Zealand
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

Can't believe it has taken me a year to get around to getting on an Air Safaris flight. Absolute magic. Flew from Glentanner Station and did the 50 minute Grand Traverse. Was cloudy on the West Coast but still saw Franz Josef & Fox glaciers. Not to mention.... Mt Cook itself :) A must do when in the MacKenzie/Mt Cook... More

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Seattle, Washington
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79 reviews 79 reviews
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

I was reluctant in leaving my footprints on the glaciers. Plus, I had a marvelous experience with fixed wing in Denali (Alaska), so I chose fixed wing over helicopter at Franz Josef. Air Safari delivered much more than they advertised. The flight was long to see the farms, town, coastlines, all the glaciers, important mountain peaks, from low to really... More

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Opua, New Zealand
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74 reviews 74 reviews
29 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

I was very impressed with this company. They were not sure if the skies were clear enough for our enjoyment as the route up he Franz Joseph clouded in around 0830. However, the company refused payment and ran us out to the aircraft to try the Fox Glacier route saying that if this route was not open there would be... More

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Nelson, New Zealand
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

We booked the Grand Traverse flight which took in both glaciers and is about 50 minutes long. We were lucky that on our last day the weather cleared and we were able to go up. The views up there are breathtaking. If you suffer travel sickness make sure you are well medicated as it can get quite bumpy over the... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2012 via mobile

We took this tour because they were offering a special on the 20 minute tour And boy was it worth the money! The pilot was very informative and we got some great photos of the glaciers, the coast and the mountains. The only thing that would have made it better was to get to land on the glacier.

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Annapolis, Maryland
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73 reviews 73 reviews
21 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2012

Flights are weather-dependent: if everything is covered by clouds, you don't fly. We were fortunate to have a break in the weather for our flight and got to see lots of glaciers, Mt. Cook and other mountains in the two national parks that meet in this area, the coast, rivers, the whole bit. It was spectacular. The pilot was knowledgeable... More

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Cornwall
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59 reviews 59 reviews
31 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2012

The flight leaves from Franz Joseph and takes 50 minutes. In a 6 seater plane the views are indescribable and one is left spellbound by the beauty of it all. The trip is expensive, more so than the helicopter flights that land on the glacier, but is much longer and gives a true representation of the beauty of the area.... More

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