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).