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“THE Highlight of Franz Josef, see it all”
Review of Air Safaris

Air Safaris
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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.
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“THE Highlight of Franz Josef, see it all”
Reviewed January 4, 2014 via mobile

We took the whole family, admittedly a bit nervous at first. But Tony, the pilot was simply fantastic. He explained everything and, as the weather was uncertain, he took his time to see the developments and decide if we can fly at all. It cleared up, we flew, and we felt safe the whole time. The take off was extremely smooth, so the whole flight (we took the 30 min option) and, of course the landing. AMAZING, what you can see in those 30min: the riverbed, the beach with the ocean, the lakes, the forests, and, clearly so, both the Fox and the Franz Josef Glaciers. Beautiful, high enough to see the big picture, close enough to see the details. Tony would explain everything while we were taking pictures and videos, everybody at a window. This was our highlight! Thanks Tony!

Visited January 2014
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Broome, Australia
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Reviewed November 14, 2013

Can't believe it has taken me a year to get around to getting on an Air Safaris flight. Absolute magic. Flew from Glentanner Station and did the 50 minute Grand Traverse. Was cloudy on the West Coast but still saw Franz Josef & Fox glaciers. Not to mention.... Mt Cook itself :) A must do when in the MacKenzie/Mt Cook region. Fun friendly pilots as well :)

Visited November 2013
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Seattle, Washington
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“Totally awesome, sights and services.”
Reviewed March 11, 2013

I was reluctant in leaving my footprints on the glaciers. Plus, I had a marvelous experience with fixed wing in Denali (Alaska), so I chose fixed wing over helicopter at Franz Josef.
Air Safari delivered much more than they advertised. The flight was long to see the farms, town, coastlines, all the glaciers, important mountain peaks, from low to really high overview...a full command views of the whole thing. The high overview is not possible with helio...at times we cound see the tiny helicopters whirling way below us. View of Mt Cook, from up high, is most awesome sight. Above all, the most warm and friendly service from desk staff to the pilot. They were so flexible and accommodative in making sure we have the best experience and stunning photographs.

Visited February 2013
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Opua, New Zealand
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Reviewed March 7, 2013

I was very impressed with this company. They were not sure if the skies were clear enough for our enjoyment as the route up he Franz Joseph clouded in around 0830. However, the company refused payment and ran us out to the aircraft to try the Fox Glacier route saying that if this route was not open there would be no charge.

Fortunately this valley was clear of cloud and we were able to gain access to the high peaks through this route. Above the low clouds the skies were clear and bright blue. Our flight lasted about an hour and we had magnificent views over the mountains and glaciers. The pilot took us close to a number of the peaks and gave plenty of time for photography.

For the first flight of the day the trip starts at the company’s office on the main street of Franz Joseph. A minibus runs you to the airport just a few minutes away. The pilot gives a short safety briefing at the aircraft before takeoff. Visibility from the plane is excellent. The aircraft has some heating so the temperature remained fine despite the increase in altitude. Sunglasses are needed to combat the glare reflecting off the snowfields.

A short video of the highlights of the flight can be seen at http://youtu.be/f8Yi_YMgKlM

Visited February 2013
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Nelson, New Zealand
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“An amazing flight”
Reviewed January 31, 2013

We booked the Grand Traverse flight which took in both glaciers and is about 50 minutes long. We were lucky that on our last day the weather cleared and we were able to go up. The views up there are breathtaking. If you suffer travel sickness make sure you are well medicated as it can get quite bumpy over the mountain ridges ( I loved it but my poor husband,despite his meds, was ill in the latter part of the flight as it did get very 'bumpy' at one point so not for the nervous flier).
The pilot was brilliant and gave plenty of opportunities for photos. Everyone has a window seat. The pilot gave a very well informed commentary throughout the flight. This trip is well worth the cost and I thoroughly recommend it as the thing to do in FJ is the weather is good.

Visited November 2012
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