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Address: Main Road, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7856, New Zealand
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+64 3-752 0716
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Our fixed wing scenic flights promise an incredible view of the mighty...

Our fixed wing scenic flights promise an incredible view of the mighty Franz and Fox Glaciers and rugged Westland National Park before traversing Mount Cook to explore the vast Mount Cook National Park. Every seat a window seat – get the big picture! Experience breathtaking alpine scenery on an exciting scenic glacier flight with Air Safaris from their base at Franz Josef in Westland National Park on the West Coast - a must-do South Island tourist attraction.

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Fantastic staff, incredible views, amazing experience

Absolutely the best experience. When I arrived at Franz Josef, I was worried as the weather seemed to be very cloudy. But the reception staff assured me, with real time weather... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 12 April 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2016 via mobile

Absolutely the best experience. When I arrived at Franz Josef, I was worried as the weather seemed to be very cloudy. But the reception staff assured me, with real time weather cameras, that the weather where we would be flying would be perfect, and she was absolutely correct. The views were incredible. The pilot was fantastic; professional, friendly and informative.... More 

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Massachusetts
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63 reviews
30 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2016

We were so lucky to have had this experience. It is weather dependent, so some people leave without a flight, but we arrived on a perfect fall day with unlimited visibility. The person who helped us at the desk went way over and above the call of duty to the point where he picked us up the next day so... More 

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2 Thank Nancy A
Air_Safaris, Front Office Manager at Air Safaris, responded to this review

Hi Nancy, Thank you for sharing your review. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your Grand Traverse flight with Tony. We pride ourselves on being able to offer everybody their own window, it makes for a unique experience. We appreciate your recommendation and hope you treated yourself to some of Steve's jewelry! Kind regards, The Air Safaris Team More 

London, United Kingdom
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4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2016 via mobile

From start to finish, the 1hr Grand Traverse flight was sensational. We were able to have some flexibility with flight times, allowing us to choose a morning slot in perfect flying weather. I was lucky enough to get the co-pilot's seat, but all seats in the Gippsland aircraft offer large windows, making viewing and photography easy. Our excellent pilot, Tony... More 

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2 Thank minty98
Air_Safaris, Front Office Manager at Air Safaris, responded to this review

Hello minty98, Thanks for your review! We are pleased we were able to get you out on the Grand Traverse in some good conditions during your time in Franz Josef. We consider ourselves very lucky to have both knowledgeable pilots and also aircraft that make viewing the mountains and glaciers very easy, so it's great to hear you enjoyed it... More 

Whidbey Island, WA
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128 reviews
72 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2016

I had investigated this and other flight-seeing tours before our arrival in New Zealand. It had looked really great then. The only thing that kept me from booking it was concern that weather on the day might be poor. Our first day in town, we walked into the Air Safaris office and talked to very friendly, helpful, and professional Christine.... More 

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2 Thank NahanniRafter
Air_Safaris, Front Office Manager at Air Safaris, responded to this review

Hi NahanniRafter, Thank you for taking the time to review the flight. It's great to hear we were able to get you flying during your time in Franz Josef. We are pleased we were able to meet your expectations and provide you with a wonderful flight. Our team in Franz Josef are wonderful to work with, thank you for your... More 

Brussels, Belgium
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19 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2016

A great experience on Air Safaris: the flight was wonderful, for one or two minutes at first there were some clouds but later on it was perfectly clear skies, and the views incredible, as if it wasn't real. The windows are fantastic, really huge and you always get a window seat, unlike in a helicopter! I found it much better... More 

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1 Thank Aleksandra K
Air_Safaris, Front Office Manager at Air Safaris, responded to this review

Hello Aleksandra, Thanks for your review of your flight, its lovely to hear how much you enjoyed the experience. We are very lucky to be able to operate aircraft that allow passengers their own window seat to take in all the views that the flight has to offer. We greatly appreciate your comments about the pilot and ground team, these... More 

Sydney, Australia
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13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2016

Absolutely fabulous 1 hour of flying over and around Mt Cook and Mt Tasman and beyond to the valley down to Lake Tepako. The aircraft is a Gippslander and the pilot Tony was great. It was a prefect day and an experience if you are around here and its fine- a must!

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1 Thank rodgerr539
Air_Safaris, Front Office Manager at Air Safaris, responded to this review

Hi rodgerr539, Thank you for taking the time to write a review. It's great to hear you enjoyed the flight with Tony. You did well to be in the right place on a good clear day by the sounds of things! We hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in New Zealand. Kind regards, The Air Safaris Team More 

Overton, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2016

We had pre booked the grand traverse but unfortunately it was cancelled because of torrential rain for the 2 days we were there. The staff could'nt have been more helpful and rebooked it for later when we're at lake tekapo. Well worth the wait! Brilliant

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1 Thank Nandita H
Air_Safaris, Front Office Manager at Air Safaris, responded to this review

Hi Nandita, Thanks for the review. Sorry to hear you had to endure all that rain prior to getting a flight in! Glad we were able to re book you later on in your travels so you didn't miss out! Great to hear how much you enjoyed it also. Kind regards, The Air Safaris Team More 

New York City, New York
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69 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2016

The twin glacier flight was short nice, for anyone who hasnt been on a glacier flight its exciting to see them from up top. Everything was very professional. Service was good.

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Thank MABvoyager
Air_Safaris, Front Office Manager at Air Safaris, responded to this review

Hello MABvoyager, Thank you for your review of your twin glacier flight, it's great to hear you enjoyed seeing the glaciers from above. We appreciate your comments in regards to our professionalism and service also. We hope you had a wonderful holiday in New Zealand. Kind regards, The Air Safaris Team More 

Cork, Ireland
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418 reviews
134 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2016

As we got into franz a day early we decided to do the air safari as a once in a lifetime thing and we did the 50 minutes tour last minute(this is easy to do as the tours are very flexible and will try and accomidate everyone.) We were driven out to the air strip from the town and arrived... More 

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1 Thank niamhs456
Air_Safaris, Front Office Manager at Air Safaris, responded to this review

Hello niamhs456, Thank you for taking the time to share your review. Well done for overcoming your flying fears to do the flight, you will be glad you did with what sounds like such a clear and sunny day! We are pleased to know that you found the experience informative and the flight enjoyable. Warm regards, The Air Safaris Team More 

Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2016

Wow what an experience! Amaizing views, you feel like you could touch the mountains. Tom, our pilot was so friendly, safety was a must with all passengers. We were informed about every peak, every Glacier, a running commentary which gave us so much information. Toms enthusiasm was catching. 50 minutes of pure adrenaline. Would recommend without any hesitation. Thanks Tom... More 

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1 Thank Patricia H
Air_Safaris, Front Office Manager at Air Safaris, responded to this review

Hello Patricia, Thank you for your review. It's great to hear you enjoyed your flight with Tom and found the commentary informative. We appreciate your comments and your recommendation. Kind regards, The Air Safaris Team More 

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