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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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8:00 am - 5:30 pm
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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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Grand Traverse - an extraordinary experience

What an amazing experience!!! We booked the grand traverse scenic flight the night before. That was no problem at all, but we had been there during low season. No idea how busy it... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
MiriamNiessen
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Palmerston North, New Zealand
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Palmerston North, New Zealand
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32 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

What an amazing experience!!! We booked the grand traverse scenic flight the night before. That was no problem at all, but we had been there during low season. No idea how busy it is during peak season. It is just a few minutes drive from Tekapo itself, super easy to find. They have a big car park so it doesn't... More 

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Timaru, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Excellent Flight over Tekapo. Weather was not good early on so they changed our time to suit us and weather. Good communication and excellent service.

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Thank leigh_timaru
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7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My first time in a helicopter and I throughly enjoyed it. The pilot explained everything and was very reassuring for a nervous flyer. The scenario was breathtaking, plenty of photo opportunities.

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Thank Catwood71
Air_Safaris, Front Office Manager at Air Safaris, responded to this review

Hi Catwood71, Thanks for sharing your review, its great to hear you enjoyed your helicopter flight! We hope you had a great time in Lake Tekapo! Kind regards, The Air Safaris Team More 

Girona, Spain
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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I write now so I don't forget anything. We were booked for yesterday but the weather wasn't good so they rebooked us and I can say it was worth the wait. Our pilot was Matt and we flew over the glaciers and next to Mount Cook. The plane's windows are very clear and clean, so it's easy to see and... More 

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

Hello oscarjosefina, Many thanks for taking the time to share a review of your flight. We're sorry you were unable to fly on your original booking but glad you were able to join us when we had some better conditions. We appreciate your comments about the ease of photo taking, we try and offer the most scenic experience possible so... More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2016 via mobile

This was the most fantastic experience I got for our wedding anniversary. My husband was thrilled. Very professional, excellent service, and personal. Would recommend this to everyone, out of this world, just amazing.

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1 Thank Angiewilliams2001
Air_Safaris, Front Office Manager at Air Safaris, responded to this review

Hi Angie, Thank you for taking the time to review your flight, we're pleased you enjoyed your Air Safaris experience. Your comments are greatly appreciated as is that wonderful recommendation! Thanks again, The Air Safaris Team More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2016 via mobile

The scenery was,of course, magnificent. The plane was great, wings above the cabin allowing great photos through the large windows. The staff from booking counter in Lake Tekapo to the airport and pilot were brilliant. My wife was a little uneasy and we felt that they would not have encouraged her to fly unless they were confident conditions were good.... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016

We had booked this flight as a back up to a helicopter flight from Franz Josef in case the weather wasn't good while we were there. Although we were able to have the helicopter ride, the weather in the Mt Cook area was so good we decided to take the trip with Air Safari as well. This was the best... More 

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Perth, United Kingdom
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54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016

My husband and I were celebrating our first year Anniversary and what a better way to start the day with a one hour scenic flight over The Grand Traverse. Our Pilot Leon was friendly, knowledgable and provided great commentary, oh yeah, and the flight was very smooth, I don't think I can even recall one bout of turbulence! The weather... More 

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

Hi Paula, Thank you for taking the time to share a review of your flight. Firstly congratulations on your first anniversary! We're pleased you chose to celebrate it with us and even more so that you enjoyed the Grand Traverse experience so much. Thank you for your lovely comments about the flight, Leon, and the airport, its all very much... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016

Absolutely amazing.......Mr.Tim and Senior Tim..........was simply superb. There front office staff, airbase staff, pilot and all other staffs were so professional... we thoroughly enjoyed the scenic ride..................!! dont ever miss it friends when u r at lake tekapo......... look for Mr. Tim & Senior Tim.............every $ is worth....!!!

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Newport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

If you travel on holiday to New Zealand and tour the country you will want to make the most of it. We took the flight with Air Safaris, over Lake Tekapo and to view the glaciers. The views were tremendous and worth the cost of the flight.

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