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“well worth doing”
Review of Air Safaris

Air Safaris
Ranked #4 of 18 things to do in Lake Tekapo
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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!
Sydney, Australia
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38 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“well worth doing”
Reviewed September 12, 2012

This is SO worth doing! We did the grand traverse (not sure if that is the right name) and it was absolutely breathtaking - you felt like you could reach out and touch mount cook. The people there were very friendly and most professional - we loved it.

Visited September 2012
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Annabelle B, Public Relations Manager at Air Safaris, responded to this review, September 13, 2012
Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review!!
You are right - The Grand Traverse is an amazing flight, we're all so glad you enjoyed it. The pilots are fantastic and ensure everyone has an unforgettable experience.
I hope you enjoyed Lake Tekapo and have wonderful memories!
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Bay of Plenty Region, New Zealand
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27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“"Absolutely amazing experience"”
Reviewed August 27, 2012

We flew with Air Safaris during our stay in Tekapo. We were welcomed by the staff and they were so friendly and professional. As a family of 2 adults and 2 children (aged 9 & 7 ) we decided to do the ½ hour air safari over the mountains and lake. It was a small 8 seater plane and our pilot was Tom. The trip was amazing and we all loved it. Tom was so nice and explained where we were and gave us some fantastic information on the areas we were passing over. The views were fantastic. Safety was paramount at all times. My husband loved it so much that he returned two days later and went on the hour long trip and did the Grand Traverse. This flight took him over the famous glaciers and Mount Cook. His pilot was Isaac, and again so professional and informative. We would highly recommend Air Safaris. They were definitely a highlight of our trip to New Zealand.

Visited August 2012
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Cornwall
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24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Absolute must”
Reviewed August 21, 2012

This is one of the most amazing experiences of our trip to New Zealand. The trip is about an hour long and the photos you get are stunning. I would highly recommend this trip just to get an idea of the massive changes in scenery in this beautiful part of the world.

Visited September 2011
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melbourne
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Great start to our holiday”
Reviewed July 2, 2012

Thought we would attempt this on our first day. It couldn't have gone better, not a cloud in the sky and no turbulance. This was a trip of a life time as we cruised the alps. Great way to get your perspective as you start your NZ adventure.

Visited July 2012
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Annabelle B, Public Relations Manager at Air Safaris, responded to this review, August 5, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to post a comment :)
We are so excited you enjoyed your experience with us on our fabulous 'Grand Traverse' flight!! It's a wonderful flight to appreciate just how small New Zealand really is.
We hope you enjoyed the rest of your holiday!
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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
“Definitely worth flying over the glaciers and Mt Cook from Lake Tekapo!”
Reviewed June 1, 2012

At first wasn't going to spend the money on a flight above the glaciers but decided to at the last minute! So well worth it! Excellent and respectful staff, very comfortable plane and WOW! What a view! Glad I waited to do the flight from Lake Tekapo and not Fox Glacier or Franz joseph as the flight to the glaciers adds more time to the flight and allows you to see much more! Really enjoyed Air Safaris!

Visited May 2012
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TimRayward, Owner at Air Safaris, responded to this review, June 3, 2012
Thanks so much for taking the time to write a review about us and post images, we are thrilled you enjoyed your experience ("Grand Traverse" Tour) with us. Please visit again one day.
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