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Island Discovery Scenic Flight

Island Discovery Scenic Flight

$179 / per person
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Do you know which island is a historically significant site for Maori dating back to the 1400’s? Which island was once an alcohol rehabilitation center, now a conservation park with regenerated native flora and fauna, even the kiwis?

Which island was once an island resort and still has remnants on it?

 During the forty five minute scenic flight experience, explore the Hauraki Gulf and its numerous islands, the large body of water, located to the east of Auckland is a sanctuary for seabirds, and bountiful marine life consisting of five marine reserves and fifty islands.

Take off out of Ardmore Airport located 27kms south east of Auckland city center, climb out above the Clevedon valley, with views of the Hunua Ranges to your right, and views of the Sky Tower and city skyline to your left. From there you will head towards Hauraki gulf, with views of the coastal towns of Beachlands and Maraetai on your right and East Auckland suburbs and Auckland CBD on your left. 

From there you will fly over your first island in the Hauraki Gulf, Rangitoto. Auckland’s youngest island, created by eruptions from beneath the sea, the last eruption occurring only six hundred years ago. You will orbit over the peak allowing you to peer inside the crater before heading east over neighboring island Motutapu. A now fertile land from the volcanic eruptions of Rangitoto with expansive farmland and rolling green pastures.  The island has plenty of history and was once an intensive settlement for early Maori and then for Europeans in the 19th century. Also visible from here is Rakino Island with its 21 permanent residence to your left, and Motuihe Island to your right, a recreation reserve managed by DOC (Department of Conservation). 

You will then head east toward the second largest and most populated island in the gulf, Waiheke Island, a familiar holiday destination for Aucklanders, with an abundance of beaches and wineries. After flying the length of the Waiheke Island with views of the Coromandel Peninsula on the horizon, you will arrive upon Pakatoa Island, a privately owned island, which was once an island resort, form the from the 60s to the 80s. Remnants of its infrastructure are still visible form the air.

The next island Rotoroa Island, once a alcohol rehabilitation center run by the Salvation Army is now a conservation park, pest free, with regenerated native flora and fauna, including the Kiwi. From there you will set heading for Ardmore, flying over Ponui island a historically important site for Maori with some of the earliest archaeological remains dating back to the 1400’s. On your way back to Ardmore you will fly over Duder Reigonal park, the Wairoa river and Clevedon town before arriving back on the ground with a profound appreciation for the natural magnificence of the Hauraki Gulf

Explore the Hauraki Gulf and its numerous islands, the large body of water, located to the east of Auckland is a sanctuary for seabirds, and bountiful marine life consisting of five marine reserves and fifty islands.

  • Destination
  • Departure
    Pauanui or 458 Corsair Lane, Ardmore Airport, Papakura, Auckland​
  • Departure Time
    Flexible
  • Return Time
    Flexible (*return flight the next day for overnight package)
  • Dress Code
    Casual
  • Included
    Guided Tour
    Kayaking
    Overnight Stay
    Scenic Flight
    snorkeling
  • Not Included
    1 Drink
    1 Main Course
    2 Course Lunch
    2-Course Meal
    a fridge and all the catering equipment you may need. BBQ equipment
    Air Taxi
    Airport Transfer
    an oven
    Dinner
    fishing equipment
    Fishing Rod
    Flight
    Free parking
    Geo-Thermal Spa
    king size bed and the living room has a fold out sofa if required. Kitchen: gas stoves
    Lunch
    One bag of bait
    One Drink
    Overnight accommodation includes: Overnight weekday accommodation in a one bedroom chalet Return Scenic flight from Pauanui to Slipper Island; One bedroom self-contained chalet
    Private Guide
    Spa
    Taxi Transfer
    Transportation
    Wine-Tasting

Terms and Conditions

Schedule Changes Air Auckland Limited reserves the right to postpone or cancel a flight due to weather or other circumstances. If the flight is canceled due to weather issues, the flight will be rebooked to another suitable day. Voucher is valid for three months from the date of purchase, and is valid for one person per ticket. Flights are on a shared basis. 
Minimum of 2 people per flight, single bookings are wait-listed to confirm. Must be used in 1 visit. The ticket holder will forfeit the fare if canceled within 48 hours or no show.
Air Auckland will reschedule the flight for free once if the ticket holder cancels the fight outside 48 hours.
A $30 fee per ticket will apply if the ticket holder needs to reschedule the flight for more than once;a $50 fee per ticket will be charged if the voucher holder cancels outside of 48 hours and the remaining amount will be refunded. All transactions will be billed in New Zealand dollars and are inclusive of GST. Provide Booking Reference upon arrival. Arrive at least 10 minutes prior to your flight.