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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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What an amazing experience! We had to wait a day for the weather to settle but on the morning of our flight the wind had dropped and visibility was fantastic. The reception at... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Winchester, United Kingdom
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Winchester, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What an amazing experience! We had to wait a day for the weather to settle but on the morning of our flight the wind had dropped and visibility was fantastic. The reception at the airport was very friendly, and the atmosphere very relaxed. The 50 minute flight was awesome! The views of the lakes, glaciers and snow capped peaks unforgettable!... More 

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We boarded at Lake Tekapo. This is an amazing experience seeing the Alpine scenery from the air. You get an on board guide which is easy to follow and gives you all the details about what you are viewing. We had a beautiful sunny clear day which made the trip even more spectacular . Firstly you fly over the length... More 

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Thank Brandylady
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10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016 via mobile

We arrived in Tekapo, the sun was shining and we decided to check is Air Safaris had availability for their Grand Traverse plane flight over the Southern Alps. We expected to book in for the following day, however Lyndsey said they had availability at 4pm that afternoon, so we took advantage of the good weather and jumped on. The tour,... More 

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Thank Jenn P
Concord, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2016 via mobile

We had an amazing flight. The ride was smooth. The view was spectacular. The staff was terrific. The plane was comfortable.

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Thank Judi912
Hobart, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2016

Staff so helpful and friendly, flight was absolutely fantastic. Views were breathtaking. Do the grand traverse, it's worth it as you won't see the same areas ever if you just travel by road. It would depend on the time/season as to how much notice is needed to be able to get a seat. They do have a number of planes... More 

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Melbourne
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109 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2016 via mobile

What an amazing experience! It was unplanned & something I never thought I would do due to being a little scared of tiny small planes however the weather was perfect & somehow I came around which made my husband very very happy, his dream came true! Rob the pilot was fantastic, aware of my fear he reassured me all would... More 

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

Hi gcsv, Thank you for taking the time to write a review of your experience. Well done for overcoming your fear and being able to join us on a flight, it sounds like you're pleased you came which is even better! Its great to hear your feedback for Rob, we try our best to accommodate everyone and keep you comfortable... More 

Melbourne, Australia
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2016

Air Safari were very professional, very friendly, and gave really good service. They actually advised us to change our flight time to make the best of perfect flying conditions, and they were right. We had sunny weather with perfect visibility over the mountains. Awesome views! Tim the pilot made sure that everyone got good views and photos of Mt Cook.... More 

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

Hi Naoal, Thanks for sharing your review. Sounds like you were able to make the most of a sunny day for your flight! The weather here can change so much it always pays to check in with us, well done! We're pleased you enjoyed the flight and got great views and hopefully great photos of Mount Cook, thanks also for... More 

Hong Kong, China
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3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2016

We booked the Grand Traverse flight (Tekapo) for the morning session in advance. Upon arrival, the weather was very good according to my observation. However, they told us the sky near Fox and Franz Josef Glacier was very cloudy, and therefore, we might not be possible to have a scenic flight over there. They suggested to have more time flying... More 

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

Hi Henry, Thanks for your lovely review! We're so sorry we couldn't give you a full Grand Traverse flight experience during your stay in Tekapo but it's great to hear that you still enjoyed the views over the Mackenzie and the other features, as well as your discount. We hope you still had a great time in Lake Tekapo and... More 

Queenstown, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2016

Grand traverse fromTekapo to Franz Josef and return. the whole flight exceeded my expectations.We meandered up Lake Tekapo to the Cass valley, then over to the Murchison and Tasman glaciers, where we saw 9 glacier skiers! We then went down the Franz Josef glacier from side to side down the valley and landed at Franz Josef airport. Then we changed... More 

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

Hi Simon, Thanks for sharing such a detailed review! It sounds like you were a rather lucky passenger on one of our trips to our West Coast base to swap an aircraft, what a bonus! We are pleased you enjoyed the flight and took so many highlights away with you! Great tips about the camera use as to make the... More 

Palmerston North, New Zealand
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17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016

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

Hi MiriamNiessen, Thanks for sharing a review of your flight, you've covered all the points! We really appreciate the lovely comments and are so pleased you enjoyed the trip, making sure we provide exactly what we say we do is high on our priorities list! We hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in New Zealand and have a... More 

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