Air Safaris
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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Our fixed wing scenic flights promise an incredible view of the mighty Franz and Fox Glaciers and rugged Westland National Park before traversing Mount Cook to explore the vast Mount Cook National Park. Every seat a window seat – get the big picture! Experience breathtaking alpine scenery on an exciting scenic glacier flight with Air Safaris from their base at Franz Josef in Westland National Park on the West Coast - a must-do South Island tourist attraction.
Franz Josef, New Zealand

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Jonathan B
Beccles, UK155 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
After having our flight out of Lake Tekapo cancelled twice due to the weather it was then transferred over to Franz Josef to fit in with our itinerary.
The whole team was excellent with keeping in touch regarding flying conditions and Tony the pilot is an absolute star extremely friendly and professional.
This is a bucket list trip - the best way ever to see the Southern Alps, glaciers and lakes.
An awesome flight.
Written March 1, 2023
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Emily Mallinder
Warrington, UK20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2020 • Couples
What an incredible experience! We couldn’t recommend this trip more highly, the views were absolutely breathtaking, and like nothing we had experienced before. Although the flight itself was only 25 minutes long, it felt like so much longer! We had views over Fox Glacier, the Southern Alps mountain range including Mount Cook and Mount Tasman and finally Franz Josef Glacier.

As a slightly nervous flyer, this truly exceeded my expectations. A very smooth flight, with a pilot with many years of experience (Tony). Christine was also so lovely and gave us tips about what else we should do during our stay in Franz Josef.
Written May 25, 2020
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miropark
mt ruapehu3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
first class service !1 this is one of the best things ive ever done. My girlfriend bought us a flight to celebrate my birthday and it was amazing.!! fantastic check in and booking lady and an extremely professional and knowledgable pilot Tony. great display of skill avoiding the clouds and making us feel good and safe. I highly recommend this trip to anyone coming to the area for a view and experience you'll never forget, even if its a special treat. way better then the helicopter trip. two thumbs up 👍👍
Written November 28, 2020
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Heather B
Napier, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand181 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021
Tony the pilot and Christine in the office really looked after us. They were very aware of the best time for us to fly due to the weather and we had an awesome experience. Tony’s laconic commentary made it easy to follow the terrain. We could not have wished for a better way to celebrate our wedding anniversary.
Written January 29, 2021
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Chris F
Cheshunt, UK224 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
One of the major highlights of the holiday. Booked on the first flight of the day by the efficient and friendly support staff in the office in the centre of town. Driven to the plane by Tony, the vastly experienced pilot. Within minutes we were in the air. Tony gave us an excellent commentary as he flew us over the glaciers, Mount Cook and Mount Tasman. The 45-50 minute flight lasted an hour. Loads of photos and videos. Memories that will last a lifetime.
Written February 28, 2024
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Thank you for the review and such kind words. I will pass on your message to the team at Franz Josef and so glad to hear that you thoroughly enjoyed the experience, the views and the commentary from Tony. enjoy the rest of your trip and it was great to have you with us :)
Written April 3, 2024
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B.R.
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
My partner and I absolutely loved our experience with Franz Josef Air Safaris. Professional, friendly, efficient and experienced staff/pilot who we could instantly tell were 'old pro's." Christine at reception was particularly wonderful, and made us feel so comfortable and excited. We flew the hour long experience on a clear, warm day with lots of sunshine. The views were breathtaking - truly a once in a lifetime experience that will we remember for the rest of our lives. Thank you again Air Safaris!
Written July 25, 2020
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NigelBuzz
Mount Maunganui, New Zealand59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
Spur of the moment decision after only going into town for coffee.
Can not tell you how breath taking this flight is. If you’re considering this honestly just do it you won’t regret it. It’s one of those once in a lifetime experiences..
Written July 26, 2020
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Malcolm Crawford
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
I had the good fortune to go on a scenic flight to the amazing sights of Mt. Cook, glaciers and the alps. Full credit to the very professional pilot Tony, and the helpful staff. The fixed wing aircraft gave us the perfect view of this wonderful part of NZ, a memorable experience indeed.

Malcolm Crawford
Written November 5, 2020
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PaulaMc
Perth, Australia111 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Couples
My husband and I wanted to celebrate our first year anniversary in New Zealand and no better way to do it than starting the day with a one hour scenic flight over The Grand Traverse. Our pilot Leon was excellent, friendly, knowledgable and provided great commentary, oh yeah, and also provided a very smooth flight for the whole duration, I don't think I even recall one bit of turbulence. The weather was perfect, blue skies and not a cloud in sight. We flew over Franz, Fox and Tasman Glacier as well as Lake Tekapo and the surrounds. The base where you check in is warm and inviting and there is a tea and coffee maker as well as souvenirs and toilet facilities.
Written June 7, 2016
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ChelseaMike_13
Deddington, UK75 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Couples
This is a MUST DO when in the area. A little expensive but one which you will always remember. The pilot is helpful friendly and the whole trip is stunning. Try to pick a clear day as you will land on the top of the mountain for great photography.
Written November 27, 2016
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