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Scenic Flight With Mountain Air Around Mt Ruapehu  
User currently offline777ER From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 12976 posts, RR: 15
Posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 7594 times:

Between Thursday 26th and Saturday 27th February I needed to head to the Central North Island. While staying at The Chateau, Tongariro, one of the waiters serving me during dinner called James got talking during a rare quiet moment. He said he was a pilot with Mountain Air who were based near National Park on the State Highway between National Park and Turangi. He offered to take me flying the next day around the Mountains if I wanted. On Saturday 27th February before returning home after a quick trip to Taupo I decided to take James up on his offer.


After a quick safety briefing about the C172, it was time to head off on a 30 min flight around the Tongariro National Park including the active crater lake of Mt Ruapehu, Alpine lakes, Mt Ngauruhoe, Mt Tongariro and the Lord of the Rings filming sites. Mt Ruapehu last erupted in 2007 but back in 1995/1996, Mt Ruapehu really blew its top and sent ash and dust around most of the North Island for days afterwards. Mt Ruepehu is one of New Zealand’s popular tourist locations – especially during the winter months when the mighty mountain is covered in snow.

The Chateau Hotel

The Emerald Lakes which lies to the East of Mt Ngauruhoe and Mt Tongariro.

Looking towards Taupo and about to turn around for more mountain views

Mt Tongariro

Mt Ngauruhoe’s peak


Some lakes at the bottom of Mt Tongariro

Starting to climb to the top of Mt Ruapehu


Top of Mt Ruapehu

Mt Ruapehu’s crator lake


Looking back

Edge of Mt Ruapehu


Coming into land with Mt Ruapehu in the background.

Mountain Air provide charters and scenic flights and are also based at a few other airports around the upper North Island.

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User currently offlinelychemsa From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 1634 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 7311 times:

Fantastic.Thanks for sharing.

User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6716 posts, RR: 34
Reply 2, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 6971 times:

Hi Jase,

Nice pics, glad you shared it with us. It's a completely different experience by air as it is tramping the Tongariro Crossing! I should try flying over it as well sometime.

Just a correction with some of the lakes - the Emerald Lakes are the "lakes at the bottom of Mt Tongariro". That track looks so easy from these pictures but it's a completely different story from ground level.

Thanks for sharing!


It's all about the destination AND the journey.
User currently offlineTN486 From Australia, joined Jul 2008, 1035 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 6736 times:

Thank you sir, I wasnt thinking of going to the North Island when I do visit, but those photos have changed my mind. I appreciate your time in posting this, cheers

remember the t shirt "I own an airline"on the front - "qantas" on the back
User currently offline777ER From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 12976 posts, RR: 15
Reply 4, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 6573 times:

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 2):
It's a completely different experience by air as it is tramping the Tongariro Crossing! I should try flying over it as well sometime.

Flying over the mountains certainly gives a different perspective and was worth every dollar spent on the flight.

User currently offlineEC001 From France, joined Jan 2009, 94 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 6332 times:

Hi there,

Just wanted to say that I loved this TR: the scenery and photos are breathtaking!

Very well done,


User currently offlineTheCommodore From Australia, joined Dec 2007, 3802 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 6199 times:

Wow, What a different trip report from the norm.

Would love to see the top of a volcano one day, maybe next time I'm in the north Isl of NZ I'll get the chance.

Great pics too.

“At first, they'll only dislike what you say, but the more correct you start sounding the more they'll dislike you.”
User currently offlineaivisavia From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2010, 160 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 6133 times:

wow! amazing pictures- I so wanna go there one day now.

User currently offlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7233 posts, RR: 11
Reply 8, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 5978 times:

Nice Pics man. Havent seen the crator lake in ages. Good stuff

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