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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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8:00 am - 5:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: 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.
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Great staff, fantastic pilot, very knowledgeable on local landscape, we had a fantastic flight around Mount Cook and surrounds. Thank you.

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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Richmond
5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Great staff, fantastic pilot, very knowledgeable on local landscape, we had a fantastic flight around Mount Cook and surrounds. Thank you.

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Fantastic customer service from website to phone communication prior to the flight. Marvellously relaxed, friendly and professional staff with an enthusiasm and respect for the paradise they work in. A great flight which exceeded all my expectations. Thanks for a really neat experience! I highly recommend this "grand traverse" experience.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

My husband and I chose a $499 package which included a 35 min helicopter tour with 10 min landing and a 50 min airplane tour around all the glaciers & lake tekapo. The view was fantastic ! During the airplane tour , the plane was a bit unstable because of the clouds , which I did not enjoy as much... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

I cannot say enough wonderful things about the Air Safari team - they went above and beyond to make sure i got up to see the glaciers. They took me up on my own for a short flight as there were no other customers which they normally don't do and they didnt want me to miss out. - totally made... More 

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

Hello Anna. Thanks so much for your lovely review! I'm so please you enjoyed your flight, thank you for being so understanding on the day, we never want to see any one miss out! We hope you enjoyed the rest of your holiday. Kind regards, The Air Safaris Team! More 

Wanaka, New Zealand
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14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

Our trip with Air Safaris was absolutely fantastic. If you need to put an experience on your bucket list, this should be one of them! The staff are very friendly and our pilot, Matt, gave us a great trip and a very informative commentary during the flight. The scenery was out of this world and we were very lucky to... More 

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

Hello Trish. Thanks for your review of our flight! Mount Cook on a clear day is just spectacular. We are thrilled to hear that you recommend the experience so highly! We hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in Lake Tekapo. Kind regards, The Air Safaris Team More 

Paraparaumu, Wellington, New Zealand
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22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

Fantastic experience and worth every penny!!! Would love to do it over and over again! The staff where so welcoming and looked after all our needs. The flight itself was comfortable and the views breath-taking!! What a fantastic way to see the Alps - the Mountains, glaciers and the McKenzie Basin. Loved every minute!!

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

Hi Helen. Thank you very much for your review! We do our best to show off as much of this beautiful area as we can in 50 minutes so we are pleased to hear how much you enjoyed the flight! You are more than welcome back anytime - we would love to see you again! Kind regards, The Air Safaris... More 

Auckland, New Zealand
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26 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Outstanding hour in the air flying round the mountains in the South Island We had a perfect morning, spent almost an hour in the air looking at mountains, glaciers, could see both sides of the range to the Tasman and the Pacific. Our pilot Phil was perfect - just the right amount of commentary, happy to just stay quiet as... More 

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

Hello Cleopus, Many thanks for your review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your flight! Phil is a very experienced pilot and has a huge amount of knowledge on the area which he enjoys sharing with his passengers. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in the South Island! If you are down this way again we would... More 

Berlin, Germany
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6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

I cannot recommend this flight or the company highly enough! I asked them for a *special flight* with a drop off at Franz Josef on the other side of the Southern Alpes, and not only did they make it possible, they turned it into a wonderful experience! The staff is extremely friendly and professional and I had a great time... More 

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

Hello Katja, Thank you for your lovely review and recommending us so highly! We are glad we could help and pleased you enjoyed your trans divide flight, its a much quicker way to travel to Franz Josef than taking a bus or car. It sounds like you were pretty lucky with the weather also. We hope you enjoyed the rest... More 

Fordingbridge, United Kingdom
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47 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Undoubtedly an Air Safari flight is the best way to see Mount Cook, and fully appreciate the glaciers, peaks and lakes in this part of the Southern Alps. Every aspect of our flight was exceptional; the welcome, airport facility, briefing, the flight, and in flight information. As proposed by the proverb “A picture is worth a thousand words” I attach... More 

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

Hello John, Thanks for taking the time to share your Air Safaris experience, the pictures are fantastic! We love how you have captured the colour of the lake!! Warm regards, The Air Safaris Team More 

Springbrook, Australia
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54 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

We had the most unbelievable flight over Mt Cook ,Lake Tekapo, Lake Pukaki and all the 4 Glaciers in perfect weather. The staff and pilot was awesome and very informative, it is definitely worth the money.

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

Hello nosurf, Many thanks for your positive review! We are pleased you enjoyed the flight. Warm regards, The Air Safaris Team More 

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Additional Information about Air Safaris

Address: Address: State Highway 8 | Tekapo Aerodrome, Lake Tekapo 7945, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3-680 6880
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Mackenzie District  >  Lake Tekapo
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
Monday 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 340 - 340

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