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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
Owner description: This premier Aoraki / Mount Cook flightseeing experience, The Grand Traverse encompasses two World...
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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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Witney, United Kingdom
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40 reviews 40 reviews
11 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

We arrived at our accommodation and asked what our host, Sheila, recommended we do whilst in Tekapo? The immediate answer was to do the Air Safari if nothing else. So, we asked Sheila to make a booking for us later that afternoon as the weather was so good. I chatted with our Tom who was to be our pilot on... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

The best place to see the Mountains and Glaciers is from the top. We had a great Pilot, Matt,and he was very knowledgeable, interesting and you could tell he loves his job. With an Office like that it is no wonder. The whole Crew was great and friendly. A Must Do on your Holiday.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

We did this on recommendation from Chris from hassle tours, we turned up with weather looking good, and decided to do the air safaris, what a treat. This was the most amazing trip to do and I cannot recommend it highly enough. To see the glaciers and mt cook so close, lake Tekapo and Lake Tasman and the glaciers -... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

My friend suggested that I should try. At first I hesitated because of the price, but it was totally worth it. The lady who took care of my reservation was very kind, and pilots who operated the plane was so entertaining. The day I went was very sunny day and the view from the window was so amazing. One disappointment... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

How much do i have to pay for this activity? If i want i hope to get on this flight please somebody tell me ~~~~~~~~

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Drachten, The Netherlands
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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
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75 attraction reviews
135 helpful votes 135 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 

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