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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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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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. 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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Hammered the Grand Canyon, Everest (x2) and the Barrier Reef

Look, I've been very fortunate in recent times. A chopper over the GC, two flights (pleasure and civil airliner) around Everest in just 24 hours and then a trip over the Barrier... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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Camberley, United Kingdom
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Camberley, United Kingdom
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563 reviews
289 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 369 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Look, I've been very fortunate in recent times. A chopper over the GC, two flights (pleasure and civil airliner) around Everest in just 24 hours and then a trip over the Barrier Reef a couple of weeks a go. BUT as I told our pilot Richard, this trip smashed the aforementioned. We arrived at 1145 and were told that for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

NZ has a wealth of amazing adventures for tourists, but this must be one of the best. How else do you see snow-capped mountain wilderness, glaciers snaking down valleys, great river beds, azure lakes, and out to the Tasman sea in one breathtaking sweep? Air Safaris have good facilities at Tekapo and pleasant, helpful staff- they're happy to go that... More 

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Thank John S
Krakow, Poland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Amazing flight with unforgettable views. The best 50 min. of fun money can buy. Mind you good weather helps.

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Epsom, United Kingdom
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69 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were lucky to have great weather, having woken to a clear blue sky morning we headed down to the town office early (08.30) and then, once booked, drove ourselves up to the airport. At the airport we were teamed up with others to make a flight of 9 passengers in a Cessna Grand Caravan. The flight was for an... More 

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Thank g4ybu
Air_Safaris, Front Office Manager at Air Safaris, responded to this review

Hi g4ybu, Thank you for taking the time to share your Air Safaris experience, it sounds like you have been very lucky with the weather while you were in Lake Tekapo! We try our best to make sure everyone gets the same experience and that our commentary matches the views as we go, as well as enhance the experience, so... More 

Penang Island, Malaysia
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5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Is look so amazing while we take the flight and see the mt cook from the sky. It's really a magic for me. Overall is a must do activities in lake tekapo. I love it so much. But i personally feel that 45min a bit long for me. May be next time can consider shorter flight.

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Thank JoannLim123
Air_Safaris, Front Office Manager at Air Safaris, responded to this review

Hello JoannLim Thank you for taking the time to share a review of the flight. We are pleased that you enjoyed the views but are sorry to hear that you found the flight time a little long, our Grand Traverse is advertised as a 45 to 50 minute flight. We aim to make the most of this time and take... More 

Lawrenceburg, Indiana
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The weather prevented us from completing the grand traverse scenic flight but we did receive a partial refund for the shortened flight. Spectacular alpine scenery, braided glacial rivers and glaciers flowing down from the mountains made a feast for the eyes! We flew very close to mt cook. Comfortable plane and everyone had a window seat. Would highly recommend the... More 

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Thank SheilaDick
Air_Safaris, Front Office Manager at Air Safaris, responded to this review

Hello Sheila, We're sorry we were unable to give you a full Grand Traverse flight, we hope you enjoyed what you did see all the same! We are lucky to be in an area packed with stunning scenery so we are never far from something beautiful, even when the weather doesn't co operate. Air Safaris pride ourselves on our ability... More 

Mystic, Connecticut
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74 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2016

Arrived at Lake Tekapo in the afternoon and checked with the woman at the office by the lake about our scheduled flight for the morning. She told us that the weather was changing and that there was a flight leaving immediately which would guarantee we would be able to go since the morning was looking iffy. So we quickly drove... More 

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Thank Avalonavalon
Air_Safaris, Front Office Manager at Air Safaris, responded to this review

Hi Avalonavalon, Thank you for your wonderful review! We are so happy we were able to get you flying a bit earlier than planned so you didn't miss out and great to hear how much you enjoyed it! We hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in Tekapo and New Zealand as a whole. Kind regards, The Air Safaris... More 

Wiltshire, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016 via mobile

A amazing trip all staff on ground amazing and helpful . Matt the pilot was full of great information and a great pilot . We also had Tom with us on our trip yet again great guy . Well worth the money 10/10 guys

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Thank Nick O
Air_Safaris, Front Office Manager at Air Safaris, responded to this review

Hi Nick, Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review, your comments about our team are much appreciated! We are very lucky to have such a great group of pilots and ground staff! We hope you had a great time in Lake Tekapo and have a safe trip home. Kind regards, The Air Safaris Team More 

Wollongong, Australia
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104 reviews
53 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

We took this flight a week before Christmas, on a beautiful sunny day. We all had seats by a window, and our pilot, Tom, knew all the lakes, glaciers and rivers to be seen from the air on this flight. He made sure he flew on both sides, so everyone could see every sight. This flight was the ultimate Christmas... More 

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

Hi Virginie, We are so pleased to hear you enjoyed your flight with us, what a great Christmas treat! We pride ourselves on our ability to offer every passenger their own window seat and also on the expertise of our pilots. Tom is a very experienced mountain pilot who loves sharing his back yard with his passengers. Great to hear... More 

Basel, Switzerland
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44 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

We did the Grand Traverse trip which was about an hour long. Rob our pilot was superb and we definitely enjoyed it as much as we did also because of him. You could see that he enjoys what he does and it was reflected in his commentary and attitude so we couldn't have wished for a better pilot. We do... More 

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

Hi Alexandra, Wow, thanks so much for your review! I have passed your comments on to Rob and he was thrilled to hear how much you enjoyed your flight and very much appreciates your kind remarks in regards to his attitude and commentary! We are really sorry that the cloud stopped your views of the Franz Josef glacier, but we're... More 

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