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Scenic Flight With Mountain Air Around Mt Ruapehu

Fri Mar 12, 2010 12:08 pm

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.

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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.

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The Chateau Hotel

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

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

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Mt Tongariro

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Mt Ngauruhoe’s peak

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Some lakes at the bottom of Mt Tongariro

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Starting to climb to the top of Mt Ruapehu

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Top of Mt Ruapehu

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Mt Ruapehu’s crator lake

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Overflowing.

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Looking back

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Edge of Mt Ruapehu

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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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RE: Scenic Flight With Mountain Air Around Mt Ruapehu

Fri Mar 12, 2010 4:18 pm

Fantastic.Thanks for sharing.
 
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RE: Scenic Flight With Mountain Air Around Mt Ruapehu

Fri Mar 12, 2010 10:14 pm

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!

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RE: Scenic Flight With Mountain Air Around Mt Ruapehu

Sat Mar 13, 2010 3:57 am

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
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RE: Scenic Flight With Mountain Air Around Mt Ruapehu

Sat Mar 13, 2010 8:25 am

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.
 
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RE: Scenic Flight With Mountain Air Around Mt Ruapehu

Sun Mar 14, 2010 12:22 am

Hi there,

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

Very well done,

cheers,
 
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RE: Scenic Flight With Mountain Air Around Mt Ruapehu

Sun Mar 14, 2010 6:25 am

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.
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RE: Scenic Flight With Mountain Air Around Mt Ruapehu

Sun Mar 14, 2010 11:15 am

wow! amazing pictures- I so wanna go there one day now.
 
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RE: Scenic Flight With Mountain Air Around Mt Ruapehu

Mon Mar 15, 2010 2:08 am

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

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