New Zealand’s unique landscapes and island-dotted coastlines are magnificent to view from above. The geography is so diverse the view changes every minute.
And short distances to far out places make ‘flightseeing’ an unforgettable choice. Experience thrilling adventure with heliskiing or fishing trips, float along in a hot air balloon, or go resort-hopping via helicopter - all while looking down at one of the most beautiful countries on earth.
New Zealand’s ever-changing scenery is even more impressive when seen from the air.
Here are a few regions put on the list:
See majestic kauri forests and the stunning Bay of Islands on a charter flight over Northland’s golden beaches including the spectacular 90 Mile Beach. Land at one of the region’s luxury lodges for a round of golf or fine dining experience.
Learn how to fly a plane on a training flight or loop, swoop, and soar through the skies in a stunt plane with one of Auckland’s top pilots. Flightseeing options include light aircraft flights over the city and Great Barrier Island to helicopter tours to vineyards on Waiheke Island.
Central North Island
Fly to White Island - New Zealand’s only active marine volcano - to view the island’s active volcanic vents, steaming crater lake and bubbling hot streams. Inland, the Rotorua region’s geothermal activity, lakes and after-effects of the Mount Tarawera eruption more than 100 years ago make for striking viewing from the air. Lake Taupo is a great base for flights to nearby Mt Ruapehu or transfer by floatplane to some of the lake’s best fishing spots.
Wellington and Wairarapa
Take a helicopter tour over New Zealand’s capital city of Wellington or glide over the Wairarapa wine growing region. The Wairarapa has a collection of classic vintage planes on show at the Hood Aerodrome and its own annual air show, Wings over Wairarapa.
See sunrise over the Canterbury plains from a hot air balloon or catch a helicopter to crystal clear fishing spots near Hanmer Springs. It’s a short flight from Christchurch to Aoraki Mount Cook and no visit to the region is complete without a flight over the Southern Alps. A ski plane landing on the Tasman Glacier is unforgettable - once the engines are turned off you are dwarfed by mountains and engulfed by silent magnificence.
View the spectacular Franz Josef Glacier and Fox Glacier by plane - heli hikes and scenic flights plus snow landings are available.
Paraglide, choose a mountain heli-tour, or join an air safari to find the best vantage point over stunning Queenstown. Helicopter drop off and pickup is offered to skiers and snowboarders of all levels by several well-established operators.
A must visit region for flightseers. Experiences include vintage warplane flights, skydiving, and aviation museums, as well as the annual Warbirds over Wanaka air show featuring classic warplanes in death defying aerobatic maneuvers.
Access one of New Zealand’s most beautiful regions by helicopter or light aircraft. Fly over Fiordland in a floatplane to see the region’s uninhabited inlets and the picturesque fiords of Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound.
Catch a flight to the secluded beaches of Stewart Island, at the base of New Zealand. The island is a fantastic ecological reserve, home to seals, penguins, and a large population of kiwi birds.