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Air Safaris

Address: State Highway 8 | Tekapo Aerodrome, Lake Tekapo 7945, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3-680 6880
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Ranked #1 of 13 Attractions in Lake Tekapo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours, Adventure
Owner description: This premier Aoraki / Mount Cook flightseeing experience, The Grand Traverse encompasses two World...
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Type: Tours, Adventure
Owner description: 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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Drachten, The Netherlands
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

We took the 1 hour Grand Traverse Scenic flight and the views were absolutely stunning! Our pilot gave lots of information about the mountains, rivers and lakes. The flights are quite pricy, but are absolutely worth every cent. It was one of the highlights of our visit to New Zealand. You definitely have to visit Lake Tekapo and check in... More 

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

Hello Bert and Barbara, Many thanks for such a positive review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your flight with us! We hope you had a safe journey home. Kind regards, The team at Air Safaris. More 

kent
Top Contributor
185 reviews 185 reviews
72 attraction reviews
127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

We were so lucky. A superb day, clear blue skies, sunny and warm. We were driving to Mount Cook when we stopped at Glentanner Park at 2pm and learned that Air Safaris were landing at 3pm to collect a passenger for their Mount Cook and Glacier flight and there were two places left. We booked immediately as there would never... More 

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

Hello Mike, Thank you for taking the time to write such a nice review. It sounds like you had a perfect day to fly! We are so pleased you enjoyed the experience and hope you had a great holiday in New Zealand. Kind regards, The team at Air Safaris. More 

Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Lake Tekapo is the most exquisite turquoise colour and amazingly beautiful to view from above! I did a 50-minute flight with Air Safaris - and it was fabulous. Our pilot, Rob, was lovely and gave a detailed commentary. We flew over the Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers, and Mt Cook. The scenery is jaw-dropping. I thought it was a bargain... More 

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

Hello Ebony. Thank you for the positive feedback! Rob and all our pilots thoroughly enjoy sharing the scenery with you. We are pleased you enjoyed the experience! Kind regards, The team at Air Safaris. More 

Singapore, Singapore
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Very good service from my inquiry to booking. The pilot will advise and ensure it is the best weather for flight seeing. We are a group of 12 pax and all of us are sit at a window seat so that everyone have the best view of the scenery. We took the Grand Traverse Air Safaris tour from Lake Tekapo.... More 

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

Hello Kenix, Many thanks for your review, we thoroughly enjoyed taking your group flying with us and are pleased you enjoyed it so much. We try our best to ensure everyone gets to make the most of the conditions and the scenery we have to offer! We hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in New Zealand! Kind regards,... More 

New York
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

We took the 50 min Grand Traverse Air Safaris tour while visiting Fairlie/Lake Tekapo area. Prior to booking with the company, the Air Safaris' staff were very informative and advised us of the best time to book for the best weather. They actually honored our price from bookme for a flight we wanted to book for later that day and... More 

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

Hello Edyta, Many thanks for your great review! We are pleased you enjoyed your flight, our pilots really enjoy being able to share those stunning views with you! We hope your welcome aboard has been useful to remember the mountains and glaciers, its a great little info sheet! Kind regards, The team at Air Safaris. More 

West Sussex
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30 reviews 30 reviews
5 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Our visit to New Zealand was all too short so we decided to take an Air Safari tour over the mountains and glaciers so we could see more - and we certainly did. The staff were excellent and the views stupendous. A great trip and well worth the fare. It was so good I bought the Polo shirt to prove... More 

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

Hello CourseMarshall, Many thanks for this review, your title gave us a good giggle, we are pleased you feel this way! The flight certainly is a great way to see more of New Zealand if you are short on time. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your time here and had a safe trip home. Kind regards, The team... More 

San Francisco, CA
Top Contributor
176 reviews 176 reviews
65 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

I was not sure whether to go for a helicopter or plane flight - decided on the plane and think that was the best decision. It was an amazing flight - I did longer version of the two glaciers, coast and Mt Cook. It was nice day - quite clear with a few clouds forming after the 10am start but... More 

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

Hello Whistledown, Many thanks for your review. We are pleased you enjoyed your flight with us. The views up and around Mount Cook and the West Coast are just stunning aren't they?! Thank you very much for choosing to fly with us and for the recommendation. Kind regards, The team at Air Safaris More 

Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

From start to finish, the customer service was exceptional. All staff were very helpful and eager to answer any questions we had. They offered to take our photo and also suggested other activities we could do around Lake Tekapo. Our pilots Tim and Matt were super friendly and gave great commentary throughout our flights. We were lucky enough to go... More 

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

Hello Chloe, Many thanks for the lovely review! We are pleased you enjoyed your helicopter and Grand Traverse flights with Tim and Matt, a good sunny day definitely makes the flight that much better! We hope you enjoyed the rest of your time here and had a safe trip home. Kind regards, The team at Air Safaris More 

Nelson, New Zealand
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Gorgeous day, superb service and stunning views sums up our experience. The pilot was very attentive, explaining everything we saw on the flight and gave us plenty of excellent photo opportunities by tipping the plane up or down a little to ensure the wings weren't spoiling our view. Well worth while.

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Palmerston North, New Zealand
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

I got an extra bit of time aboard a Tekapo Air Safari flight and not only was the flying smooth, safe and exciting...but the scenery in this part of NZ, let alone the world is breath-taking. The pilot 'Matt' made sure passengers on both sides of the plane got the views, the pics, and the excitement. It was almost like... More 

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