Tekapo Aerodrome, State Highway 8 Lake Tekapo 7999

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Mt Cook National Park, Westland National Park, Glaciers


Individuals, Groups


Mt Cook, South Island


Air Safaris, Sunset Tours, Sightseeing

About Air Safaris

Air Safaris has operated alpine flightseeing throughout the world heritage national parks of Aoraki Mount Cook and Westland Tai Poutini since 1970. The iconic Air Safaris Grand Traverse scenic flight provides the opportunity to view New Zealand¿s highest peaks and longest glaciers. You can catch the Grand Traverse flight from either of Air Safaris¿ modern facilities located within the South Island of New Zealand at Lake Tekapo and Franz Josef.

The flight of a lifetime, the "Grand Traverse" is a spectacular scenic flightseeing experience allowing you to explore Aoraki Mount Cook and Westland National Parks. This magnificent flight encompasses over 200 kilometres of New Zealand's most spectacular alpine scenery and highest mountains. View glacial lakes, mighty alpine glaciers and lush coastal rain forests.
Flying from Lake Tekapo & Glentanner Park as well as from Franz Josef on the West Coast. The Grand Traverse is approximately 50 minutes flying time. Allow one hour total duration.

Our large and varied fleet especially selected for New Zealand air tour sightseeing ensures that every passenger has a window seat and all aircraft have wings-above to ensure optimum viewing below. Our friendly pilots provide a full and informative commentary with multi language commentary brochures supplied.

Air Safaris also operates personalised charter flights throughout the South Island, and to North Island destinations on request. The company specializes in charter flights between Christchurch, Mount Cook, and Queenstown, and excursions to Milford Sound. Tranz-Divide half day excursion flights between Tekapo and Franz Josef are a popular option. Cross the Southern Alps by plane in less than 30 minutes and experience the attractions on the other side.

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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