We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Breathtaking”
Review of Air Safaris

Air Safaris
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Atlanta, Georgia
Level 5 Contributor
63 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Breathtaking”
Reviewed July 10, 2012 via mobile

We took this tour because they were offering a special on the 20 minute tour And boy was it worth the money! The pilot was very informative and we got some great photos of the glaciers, the coast and the mountains. The only thing that would have made it better was to get to land on the glacier.

Helpful?
Thank Kyishia L
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

75 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    74
    1
    0
    0
    0
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • German first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Annapolis, Maryland
Level 6 Contributor
145 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Great views”
Reviewed April 19, 2012

Flights are weather-dependent: if everything is covered by clouds, you don't fly. We were fortunate to have a break in the weather for our flight and got to see lots of glaciers, Mt. Cook and other mountains in the two national parks that meet in this area, the coast, rivers, the whole bit. It was spectacular. The pilot was knowledgeable and very entertaining. The plane was comfortable. We've done flights over glaciers in Alaska, and this plane was better than what we had there because everyone had a window seat and the pilot made sure both sides of the plane got to see everything. This is stunning scenery and well worth the cost of the flight. We chose to take an airplane rather than helicopter because the plane can go higher and you see more of the countryside. A note on logistics--the Air Safaris office is in town. A small bus takes you from the office to the tiny airfield and then back again after your flight. You pay when you return, as the cost is dependent on how much you've been able to see. Highly recommended.

Visited February 2012
Helpful?
1 Thank jct263
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Cornwall
Level 5 Contributor
57 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“The most magical experience of my life”
Reviewed April 17, 2012

The flight leaves from Franz Joseph and takes 50 minutes. In a 6 seater plane the views are indescribable and one is left spellbound by the beauty of it all. The trip is expensive, more so than the helicopter flights that land on the glacier, but is much longer and gives a true representation of the beauty of the area. We were helped by a clear blue sky and the weather is very important. However the organisation was very fair and although we had booked and could have been taken in some cloud they suggested we return when conditions were better. If you need to cancel something else to be able to afford it, do so.

Visited March 2012
Helpful?
Thank sillyoldduffer
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Horsham sussex
Level 6 Contributor
268 reviews
79 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“Amazing”
Reviewed April 4, 2012

We were lucky to do this on a bright day the views were magnificent. Great to land on the glacier so tranquill.

Visited March 2012
Helpful?
Thank suejm
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
St. Albert, Canada
Level 5 Contributor
35 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Top Ten to do”
Reviewed March 29, 2012

We took the Air safaris from Franz Joseph and it was fantastic being able to fly above the glaciers and mountains. I even was able to sit in the copilot seat for an extra special view. Easy flight, felt very safe and had great views. The longer flight was well worth it.

Visited March 2012
Helpful?
Thank Bruce S
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Air Safaris also viewed

Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
 
Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
 

Been to Air Safaris? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing