Air Safaris

Air Safaris

Franz Josef


6 Rankers Reviews

3 Face-to-Face

8 Scenic Flights

4 Franz Josef Glacier

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New Zealand's premier, must do flight of a lifetime!

To appreciate the beauty and scale of the Mount Cook National Park, there is nothing better than seeing it from the air. Air Safaris 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. 40 years later, Air Safaris continues to offer the respected ‘Grand Traverse’ flight from both Lake Tekapo and Franz Josef bases.

The Grand Traverse is a magnificent flight encompassing 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 amongst New Zealand’s highest mountains and largest glaciers. Every passenger has a window seat, and all aircraft have ‘wings above’ to ensure optimum viewing below.

Throughout the year, view for yourself the dazzling scenery of fresh snow on the Southern Alps, in glacial valleys and a more visible ice-carved landscape. Pilots provide an informative in-flight commentary and are 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.


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Air Safaris

Commercial organisation


South IslandWest CoastFranz Josef Glacier


  • Scenic Flights

Business Times

October - April: 08:00 to 17:30
May - September: 08:30 to 17:00


Silke Boysen's avatar

Silke Boysen


Ranking: 10/10

It was a perfect adventure ! We had luck, came there and an hour later we could fly !! Beautiful views !Great !

Reviewed about 4 years ago

Robin WUERFEL's avatar



Ranking: 10/10

Just do it! 50 minute flight, memories of a lifetime. We had a four month old baby with us - no trouble at all.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Kevin Tranter's avatar

Kevin Tranter

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Unforgettable experience and relatively good value for money.

Reviewed about 9 years ago and experienced in February 2013

Les and Carole Savins's avatar

Les and Carole Savins


Ranking: 9/10

A great experience. Friendly, informative and helpful staff. Relatively expensive but a very worthwhile activity.

Reviewed about 10 years ago and experienced in November 2011

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Nathalie Verzeletti


Ranking: 9/10

Mount Cook/Fox/Franz Joseph/Tasman Valley. Departure Lake Tekapo. Very beautiful, good service, not so expensive, $295/adult, (1 hour).

Reviewed about 11 years ago and experienced in March 2011

jlgavin's avatar



Ranking: 9/10

This is one of the best scenic flights we have done anywhere in the world. We really cant say enough about the views. Well worth the money!

Reviewed about 11 years ago and experienced in March 2011