Discover the picturesque lakeside village of Lake Tekapo situated in the heart of the tussock-clad Mackenzie Country. Easily accessible, this little village is approximately halfway between Christchurch and Queenstown and deserves to be explored. Rounding the corner into Lake Tekapo, visitors are greeted with a stunning, opaque, turquoise-blue glacial lake
To appreciate the beauty and scale of the Mackenzie region, 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 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 amongst New Zealand’s highest mountains and largest glaciers.
· Beautiful turquoise glacial lakes, golden tussock lands and braided river systems of the Mackenzie Basin.
· Remote High Country Sheep Stations, glacial valleys and landforms
· New Zealand’s highest mountains and largest glaciers; Aoraki Mount Cook, and the Tasman Glacier
· Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers
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.
Please call us on 0800 806 880 for flight information and bookings. Hourly departures from Lake Tekapo, Franz Josef and Glentanner Park