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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 #2 of 13 things to do in Lake Tekapo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Safaris, Outdoor Activities
Owner description: This premier Aoraki / Mount Cook flightseeing experience, The Grand Traverse encompasses two World...
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Type: Safaris, Outdoor Activities
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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Brisbane, Australia
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74 reviews 74 reviews
9 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

Flew with Air Safaries with my wife on the 10.30am flight. Each passenger had their own window seat with ample leg room. Great views, camera opportunities and commentary from the crew on the Nomad aircraft for about an hour over the mountains, lakes and glaciers. Not cheap but worth it.

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London, United Kingdom
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58 reviews 58 reviews
29 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

I took a trip today on Air Safaris. There were only 5 passengers on the flight. Matt the pilot was excellent pointing out key features. The flight was very smooth so I could take pictures out of the large windows. An unforgettable experience!

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Menai, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW via mobile

i have struggled on prevIous scenic flights elsewhere but this one was suitable even for one who suffers from flight nausea. The plane was also well suited for photography from the air of the peaks and glaciers.

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Wollongong, Australia
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32 reviews 32 reviews
18 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Beautiful, incredible flight over the Southern Alps and glaciers. Amazing views. The flight and crew were great and well organized. Check early as the weather can change very quickly, the booking office will advise the best times.

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Sydney, Australia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

This is a our second trip to Tekapo and we just had to do the flight up to Mt Cook and surrounding areas again. Whilst we couldn't arrange the helicopter trip during our stay (worse luck), our flight on the small fixed wing aircraft was sensational. A must do when in Tekapo. The staff in the Tekapo office were great... More 

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Well done Air Safaris.Unforgettable experience.very professional and very friendly service provided by the Team.great commentary from a Rob , seeing and appreciating the breathtaking scenery.a must do in Lake Tekapo

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

Hello APM1907, Thank you very much for your kind review. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed the whole experience from start to finish! Air Safaris prides ourselves on our professionalism and appreciate your comments regarding this. Rob, like our other pilots, thoroughly enjoys sharing the region and his knowledge with our passengers. We hope you enjoyed the rest of... More 

Brentwood, England, United Kingdom
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110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

This was one of those once in a lifetime things. Not cheap but wow!! They were not sure if we were going - winds were getting up - but we did. A bit scary initially - we were getting knocked around a bit - but the pilot knew what he was doing - and once we got out of the... More 

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

Hello Jeff, Thank you for your review, its fantastic to hear this made one of you lifetime experiences. Flying in the mountains can mean some very changeable conditions, which often can include some light turbulence, our pilots always try to keep the flight as comfortable as possible. We are sorry to hear the start of your flight was a little... More 

London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

This is a great way to see many of New Zealand's best mountains and glaciers and lakes in one very comfortable flight. We were lucky, we had a great weather, perhaps on a more cloudy day the flight isn't as good, but then again, maybe it's still fantastic (other reviews might have better information regarding cloudy days). The pilots are... More 

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

Hello Carlos, Thank you very much for such a detailed and positive review! It sounds as though you were very lucky with the conditions! As you mentioned, we do not fly if conditions are affected by wind and cloud to a point where we are unable to see the main features or the flight would be uncomfortable with bumps. All... More 

Melbourne, Australia
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32 reviews 32 reviews
14 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

Looking at the mountains across Lake Tekapo was very beautiful. But nothing compared to what it was like from above. The snow capped rugged peaks peaks (in mid-summer), the glaciers and the lakes. Mind boggling! And the closeness of it all. The high wing Cessna provided excellent viewing and the pilot Matt provided a smooth flight and an informative commentary.... More 

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

Hello Elliot, Many thanks for taking the time to write us a review of your Air Safaris experience. We take pride in being able to showcase this fantastic area from the sky, as you say seeing it from the air provides a very different perspective. All our aircraft are specifically designed for flight-seeing with those high wings and a window... More 

Singapore
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63 reviews 63 reviews
22 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

It was a wonderful flight with superb, breath-taking views. The pilot was very friendly, and knowledgeable. It was great meeting the owner of the facility as well. They are all so passionate about what they do, it shows in their work and the positive energy they have created all around. Very inspiring. Good luck, you all for the years ahead... More 

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

Hello Swati G, Thank you for taking the time to write a lovely review of your scenic flight! We are so pleased our enthusiasm and passion shows through in our service!! We try our best to provide a smooth and comfortable ride however as you mentioned we occasionally come across some slight jiggles in flight, these are simply part of... More 

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