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Grand Traverse Scenic Flights

Experience the Grand Traverse with Air Safaris

The flight of a lifetime, the “Grand Traverse” is a spectacular scenic flight that explores the Mount Cook and Westland National Parks and shows you the region like no other flight.

The Grand Traverse is recognised as the premier Aoraki Mount Cook flight-seeing experience and NZ’s “must do” scenic flight; this magnificent flight encompasses two World Heritage National Parks and 200 km of New Zealand’s most memorable and breathtaking scenery.

The highlights of the Grand Traverse flight include:

  • Beautiful turquoise glacial lakes, golden tussock lands, and the braided river systems of the Mackenzie basin
  • Remote High Country Sheep Stations, glacial valleys, and landforms
  • The Aoraki Mount Cook National Park – a magical world of permanent ice and snow
  • New Zealand’s highest mountains and largest glaciers – including Aoraki Mount Cook and the Tasman Glacier
  • The Westland Tai Poutini National Park encompassing the magnificent Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers spilling down to the rainforests of the west coast

The aircraft operated by Air Safaris are ideal for New Zealand’s conditions, offering a window seat for every passenger and have wings-above to ensure unobstructed viewing below. Your friendly pilot will provide an informative and enjoyable commentary in addition to all passengers receiving the Air Safaris multi-language flight-guide.

The Grand Traverse is approximately 50 minutes flying time. Allow one hour total duration.

Grand Traverse Scenic Flight of Mt Cook and Glaciers

Lake Tekapo

From NZD
$395.00

The Grand Traverse is recognised as the premier Aoraki Mount Cook flight-seeing experience; this magnificent flight encompasses two World Heritage National Parks and 200 km of New Zealand’s most memorable and breathtaking scenery.

Duration: 50 Minutes (approx.)

Grand Traverse Scenic Flight of Mt Cook and Glaciers

Franz Josef

From NZD
$395.00

The Grand Traverse is recognised as the premier Aoraki Mount Cook flight-seeing experience; this magnificent flight encompasses two World Heritage National Parks and 200 km of New Zealand’s most memorable and breathtaking scenery.

Duration: 50 Minutes (approx.)

Helicopter Scenic Flights

Our Recommendations

Helicopter flights are good, especially if you have never experienced snow before! But we like to make people aware of the the following points;

  • If you are wanting to see the most views available then the Grand Traverse aeroplane is for you
  • If you want the best value for money, then the Grand Traverse aeroplane flight is for you.
  • If you want to land on one of our remote landing sites and experience the snow (weather permitting) then the helicopter flight is for you.
  • If you want to experience a helicopter then the helicopter flight is for you.

We are more than happy to talk with you in person to discuss what option might best suit your needs.

Please note there is a maximum weight restriction of 120kg per person for the helicopter flight.

Tekapo Highlights, local area experience

From NZD
$199.00

Have you ever wanted to experience the thrill of being in a helicopter but always thought it was to expensive? Well this is just the flight for you. Jump in and have your camera ready while we take you for a magic flight around Tekapo!

Duration: 15 Minutes (approx.)

Mackenzie Explorer, includes Alpine Landing

From NZD
$295.00

Departing Lake Tekapo only, join us for an awesome experience showing off the very best of the Mackenzie with an alpine landing high on one of our local sheep stations to enjoy stunning views of Lake Tekapo and the mountains.

Duration: 30 Minutes (approx.)

Mount Cook Alpine Grandeur - includes Snow Landing

From NZD
$495.00

Departing Lake Tekapo only, fly with us by helicopter to view NZ's highest peak Aoraki Mount Cook and the lower parts of the Tasman & Murchison glaciers, includes a snow landing on Liebig Dome at 7700'.

Duration: 45 Minutes (approx.)

Mount Cook Franz & Fox Magic - includes Snow Landing

From NZD
$695.00

Departing Lake Tekapo only, fly with us by helicopter on a totally unique experience. Taking you from Tekapo up to Aoraki Mt Cook and around the Franz Josef and Fox glaciers, then a snow landing on Liebig Dome at 7700'.

Duration: 60 Minutes (approx.)

Our Fleet

A varying fleet for all sizes of individuals or groups

Air Safaris operate a large, modern, and high standard fleet of piston and turbo prop single and twin engine aircraft. The fleet of aircraft are capable of carrying from 7 to 15 passengers each. All aircraft operated by Air Safaris are owned and maintained by the company.

Each aircraft type has been selected for its reliability, passenger comfort and great viewing opportunities. Each aircraft is configured so every seat has its own window!

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Air Safaris & Services (NZ) Ltd


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

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