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“A view from the sky”
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.
Reviewed August 24, 2014

Just four people aboard the single-prop plane, you don't have to wait for a full plane before Air Safaris take off. Everybody has a window seat with clear view out. Before you realise it you are airborne and enjoying the views of the surrounding countryside and then the snow covered peaks. The pilot, Mark, provided an interesting commentary, ensuring you saw all the famous peaks. Incredible to see the Glaciers Franz Josef and Fox etc. from above. A very smooth journey with spectacular scenery - definitely be highlight of this area in NZ.

The aerodrome is very short drive from Franz Joseph centre.

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Reviewed April 12, 2014

Such a spectacular flight. Everyone has a window seat and the views are awesome. You get a long flight over all the mountains and glaciers. Very professional crew. A must do

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Reviewed January 4, 2014

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!

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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 :)

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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.

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