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The Air Safaris Team

The Air Safaris team have an absolute passion to make sure you experience some of New Zealand's most stunning alpine landscapes. 2020 sees us celebrate our 50th birthday. From humble beginnings in 1970, we now have a highly experienced team of pilots and ground crew. We look forward to meeting you soon.

Richard Rayward

Richard is our founder and CEO. Fifty years ago he started Air Safaris with one plane, a three seater Cessna 180 out of Mesopotamia Station flying hunters, fishermen, trampers and sightseers. Today you'll still see Richard at our Lake Tekapo Aerodrome most days. We now have three generations of Richard's family working at Air Safaris.

Tim Rayward

Tim has been with his family business since a very young age. He is now our Operations Manager and flies both fixed wing aircraft and helicopters. You'll see Tim at our Lake Tekapo base most days.

Leon Hunter

Pilot Leon has been with Air Safaris for four years and is also our Safety Manager. Leon flies both our Airvans and Caravans. He's been flying for over ten years. Outside of work Leon is a volunteer Firemen and Coastguard member. You'll find him out on Lake Tekapo on his jet ski whenever the weather is good.

Tony Howard

Tony is our Franz Josef Base Captain and joined Air Safaris in 1997. He's true West Coaster with a quirky sense of humour.

Tony dedicates most of his time to flying and also enjoys holiday breaks overseas with his lovely wife - especially cruises.

Christine Knight

Christine has worked in the Franz Josef town office for last few years. She's the friendly knowledgable face you'll see most days.

She is often seen out walking with her tiny Chihuahua or zapping thru town on her RSS 998cc Roadster Bike.

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Air Safaris & Services (NZ) Ltd


P.O. Box 71, Lake Tekapo 7945
New Zealand

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