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“Must do for LOTR fans”

Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour
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Owner description: Come and fly around the stunning volcanic peaks, Tongariro, Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu! Inspect the colourful Blue, Emerald, Crater and Tama Lakes and all of the spectacular craters on show! Learn about the cultural heritage, history, fascinating geology and biology of this region! Make your stay here even more memorable and come and take a flight with us! Let our team look after you and show you the world through our eyes! It’s a fantastic way to view the breathtaking volcanic scenery of Tongariro National Park, Dual World Heritage Area!
Reviewed July 3, 2014

Breath taking views! Must do for any LOTR fan. The tour flies over volcanos and over Mount Doom! Flight was as smooth as could be thanks to our pilot. Would recommend this tour to anyone visiting NZ.

1  Thank jessidrpepper
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Reviewed June 18, 2014

My partner and I took this incredible scenic flight during a weekend getaway.
We called Mountain Air from the Chateau Tongariro in the late afternoon and promptly got picked up and taken to the airfield. The weather had been perfect so far, but the clouds had started covering Mt Ruapehu. Therefore we were advised to book a flight the next morning at 8.30 am, and so we did.
The Mountain Air manager dropped us back at the hotel and picked us up the next morning, all free of charge. I thought that was fantastic customer service, and very honest behaviour, given that we could have easily cancelled on them.
In the morning we chose the $185 package and flew with three more tourists.
The sky was cloudless and the view was perfect. We flew over Tongariro, Ngauruhoe and had incredible views of the craters, the lakes, Mt Ruapehu, Lake Taupo and clear views of Mt Taranaki!
The overall experience lasted about an hour incl prep, the flight itself and farewell pics.
We got dropped off again at the hotel and we had a stopover in a convenient spot to take pics of the amazing scenery.

Overall, if the weather allows (do not even bother if it's raining), I highly recommend it. This is the kind of small NZ business that should serve as a model to other tourism businesses internationally.

2  Thank acarb83
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Reviewed June 10, 2014

The weather was so fantastic that we decided to take the longer flight around the volcanoes and we were not disappointed. Our young pilot gave a good commentary and even emailed us the commentary which was great because you're so busy taking photos that it's easy to get distracted. There were only the two of us on the flight so we were in the smaller plane. We went right around the three volcanoes and had a great view of Mt Taranaki in the distance. A unique and unforgettable experience - we saw the whole region with a bird's eye view in 40 minutes. Thoroughly recommend, especially if the weather is clear. Well worth the money.

Thank riona9
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Reviewed June 8, 2014

What a fantastic day for Mother’s day. We, three mothers including my 78 years old mother experienced the amazing view of volcanoes in Tongariro National Park. Our pilot, Mathew got us close to the each volcano and turned the plane to each side to make sure everyone had best view. We saw the steam coming up from the thermal lake on top of Mt Ruapehu, which covered by snow. It was an awesome flight and fantastic view. What a great way to see the volcanoes and snow mount. My mum so enjoyed it. Afterward, we went to Bayview Chateau had Mother’s day buffet lunch, so good. Absolutely worth.

1  Thank Huika L
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Reviewed May 29, 2014

I was 6 months pregnant when we went to the Tongariro National Park so we didn't want to do the walk over the volcanoes. Instead we thought about doing this scenic flight and first of all wanted to do just a short flight because of the money. At the end we changed our mind and took the most comprehensive (and most expensive) flight. And we never regretted this decision! The flight was just awesome! Beautiful views, a great and friendly pilot, very experienced and with a lot of interesting background information and stories. This is absolutely worth every dollar!

1  Thank Eva W
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