Experience New Zealand’s highest peaks and longest glaciers with Air Safaris who will take you on a scenic flight to discover the National Parks of Aoraki Mount Cook and Westland Tai Poutini. Catch ‘The Grand Traverse’ flight from either of our facilities at Lake Tekapo, Franz Josef and Glentanner and enjoy the flight of a lifetime where every seat has a window. Also offering personalised charter flights to a number of destinations including Christchurch, Queenstown, Wanaka & Milford Sound.
The Lake Tekapo base is located within the heart of the beautiful Mackenzie country with its pristine glacial waters and the unique turquoise colour of Lake Tekapo, the Glentanner base is located 15 minutes drive from Mount Cook Village and the Franz Josef base is located 8km west of the Franz Josef township surrounded by lush rainforest and snow capped peaks.
‘The Grand Traverse’ is the premier Aoraki Mount Cook flight-seeing experience encompassing 200 km’s of breathtaking scenery of two World Heritage National Parks.
Highlights of this magical world of permanent ice and snow include beautiful glacial lakes and valleys, braided river systems, remote high country sheep stations and New Zealand’s highest mountains and largest glaciers. Get up close to the face of New Zealand’s highest mountain, Aoraki Mount Cook standing at a magnificent 3,754 metres and enjoy the magnificence of the Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers as they spill down to the rainforests of the West Coast.
The Grand Traverse is approximately 50 minutes of flying time and every passenger is guaranteed a window seat. Your friendly pilot will provide an enjoyable and informative commentary with an in-flight guide that is translated into a number of different languages.
“The flight of a lifetime, Simply stunning!”
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 make sure you have your camera ready while we take you for a magic flight around Lake Tekapo.
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. One of our most popular helicopter flights, the “Mackenzie Explorer” is a great experience summer or winter.
This flight by helicopter is a totally unique experience taking you from Tekapo, winding through our remote alpine valleys all the way right up close to mighty Aoraki / Mount Cook at over 12000’. Learn all about our high country areas before crossing into the Mount Cook National Park for some amazing views of our highest peaks and longest glaciers.
Included in the flight is an alpine landing (snow only during winter months) on Mount Joseph to enjoy a panorama view of Lake Tekapo and surrounding mountains.