To appreciate the beauty and scale of the majestic Mackenzie region, there is nothing better than seeing it from the air with Air Safaris, who have been flying aircraft in and around the Mount Cook and Westland National Parks since 1970.
Over that period, Air Safaris has grown from a single aircraft operation to operating New Zealand’s largest privately owned fleet of modern flight-seeing aircraft. Over 40 years later, Air Safaris continues to offer the respected ‘Grand Traverse’ flight from both Lake Tekapo and Franz Josef bases. Our Fleet
The Grand Traverse is a magnificent flight encompassing over 200 km of New Zealand’s most memorable and spectacular scenery. With approximately 50 minutes flying time, The Grand Traverse reveals golden tussock lands, turquoise glacier lakes, remote high country sheep stations amongst New Zealand’s highest mountains and largest glaciers. Learn more
Every passenger has a window seat, and all aircraft have ‘wings above’ to ensure optimum viewing below. Pilots provide an informative in-flight commentary, dedicated to providing an excellent passenger experience every time. The company takes great pride in the quality of the operation and the experience it provides.
Helicopter flights. Air Safaris operate a Bell 206 Longranger, offering year round alpine and seasonal snow landings on 3 different flight options of 35, 45 and 60 minutes in duration. Each has a (seasonal) snow landing, or a touchdown in a secluded alpine setting with magical views. Our helicopter is also able to offer Wedding or Engagement packages, charter flights and other aerial work, such as hut drop offs". Learn more
Air Safaris aircraft are also available for general charter throughout the South Island, functions (weddings, business trips and similar) as well as private scenic flights and other aerial work, such as photography, survey etc Contact Us to discuss your needs.
Please call on 0800 806 880 or Book direct now to secure your “Trip of a Lifetime”
Hourly departures from Lake Tekapo and Franz Josef