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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
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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Eyeballing Mt Cook.

I hate flying after an air experience a few years ago. I don't know how I even found myself in the office of Air Safaris. The first guy (I wish I could remember your name) was so... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 6, 2015
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Auckland, New Zealand
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12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

I hate flying after an air experience a few years ago. I don't know how I even found myself in the office of Air Safaris. The first guy (I wish I could remember your name) was so supremely reassuring and explained how the weather observations are made... I have to thank him for getting me to leave my cell phone... More 

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

Hello degreesbelowzero_36, Thank you so much for your lovely review! We are so pleased you were able to overcome your nerves and do the flight, we hope we have helped to cure your fear! By the sound of it you made the most of a stunning mid winter's day. We hope you had a safe trip back to Auckland and... More 

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56 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

Amazing view for helicopter ride and is beautiful from above. Good staf and pilot as well. Will come back again to have a new advanture

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

Hello Pardi S, Thank you for your review! We are pleased to here you enjoyed your flight with Tim. We would love to take you on another adventure, if you are in Lake Tekapo again we suggest you try our Grand Traverse of Mt Cook and the glaciers, it is simply stunning! Kind regards, The Air Safaris Team More 

Adelaide, Australia
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77 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

I am a private pilot have flown to some fairly special places. The views over the mountains and glaciers were awesome and one passenger from Scotland commented that it was better than Switzerland. Great staff.

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

Hello Colin, Thank you for sharing your Air Safaris experience, we're glad you enjoyed the flight. We certainly think the mountains and glaciers are pretty special and it's great to hear that people are comparing us to the Swiss alps! We hope you had a safe trip home. Kind regards, The Air Safaris Team More 

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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

Thanks a lOR to Phil the Pilot and Team for this wonderful and awesome afternoon. Very friendly and excellent service. The flight was amazing and felt Save wach Single second❗️

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

Hello Omanjii, Many thanks for sharing your review and positive feedback of your Air Safaris experience. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your flight with Phil, he's a fantastic pilot! Kind regards, The Air Safaris Team More 

Richmond
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

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

Hello dannyab2015, Thank you for your review! We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your Air Safaris experience. Kind regards, The Air Safaris Team More 

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

Hello Iamcn, Thanks for sharing your review of the flight! We are thrilled to hear your enjoyed the flight so much and that you had a good birthday! Kind regards, The Air Safaris Team More 

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17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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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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Air S, Front Office Manager at Air Safaris, responded to this review

Hello Haihan Z, Thank you for taking the time to share your review of the flights, the combo is an excellent way to see the area and enjoy two different experiences. We are sorry to hear that you were a little uncomfortable on the airplane flight, our pilots try their best to ensure a smooth flight all round. The Grand... 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 7 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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24 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 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 

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