Tongariro National Park
Scenic Flights over Tongariro Volcano
Tongariro National Park is a Dual World Heritage area and is the fourth oldest National Park in the world. The National Park includes three mountains, Mt Ruapehu, Mt Ngauruhoe, and Mt Tongariro. These were presented to the people of New Zealand in 1887 by Te Heuheu Tukino IV, Paramount Chief of the Tuwharetoa tribe, for safe keeping for all people to enjoy. The mountains are very sacred to the tangata whenua (Maori people) of the area and represent the living embodiment of their ancestors. Visitors are asked to respect these mountains and to enjoy their time in them.
Experience the breathtaking views of New Zealand’s oldest National Park with a scenic volcanic flight over this dramatic landscape. See into the live craters of Mt Tongariro, Mt Ngauruhoe and Mt Ruapehu, and view the spectacular Emerald Lakes, the Blue Lake, the Tama Lakes and Mt Ruapehu’s beautiful Crater Lake.
This is an active volcanic area which had its last eruption in 2012. at Te Maari on Mt Tongariro. Mt Ruapehu is also an active volcano and had its last eruption in 2007. Mt Ngauruhoe is a young 6000 year old cone shaped volcano which last erupted in 1979.
Scenic Flights over Tongariro Volcano
The Volcanic Explorer
Easily our most popular flight climbing to 10,000 feet over all three volcanoes in the Tongariro National Park including the active crater lake of Mt Ruapehu and the Lord of the Rings sites . From 10,000 you will have views across the full width of the North Island
Fly over Mt Tongariro's majestic volcanic craters and view the latest eruption site at Te Maari. See the beautiful Blue and Emerald Lakes and seductive Red Crater. Travel the world famous Tongariro Alpine Crossing by air and fly around Mt Ngauruhoe’s perfect cone. On the way home fly over the impressive Tama Lakes and over the Taranaki Falls to finish your journey at the enchanting Chateau Tongariro.
Flights leave on demand with a minimum of 2 people, no age limit.
Our flights operate from 8.00 am, 7 days per week, weather permitting. Flights during summer operate until twilight. Bookings are preferable but not essential for fixed wing flights.
The Volcanic Explorer: Chateau Airport - $245 (35 min); Turangi Airport - $295 (45 min); Taupo Airport- $365 (65 min including a flight around the beautiful Huka Falls and Wairakei geothermal area)
Northern Circuit: Chateau Airport - $195 (25 min)
Our trips can start from our base at the Chateau Airport located 200 m from intersection of SH 47 and SH 48 National Park (Mt Ruapehu).
Flights are also available from
- Turangi Airfield, Grace Road Turangi
- Taupo Airport Terminal, Taupo Airport
The Warrior Mountains
The great mountains in the heart of the North Island were once Gods and Warriors of great strength. To the north west of Tauhara stood Pihanga whose fame and beauty was widely known. Each of the four mountains, Mt. Taranaki (Egmont), Mt. Tongariro, Mt. Tauhara and Mt. Edgecumbe (Putauaki - in the Bay of Plenty) wooed her and wished her to be his wife. Pihanga adored them all.
They responded with joy and majestic outbursts and covered the earth with fiery larva and molten stones. Pihanga could not decide which one she would marry.
Pihanga aroused the passions of the giants - she made the great giants and the volcanoes tremble! They became silent, gathering strength for their fight. The rumblings grew into a crashing thunder and Tongariro erupted a fiery mass of molten stones. The battle had started and raged for many days and nights. Tongariro emerged victorious. He became the Supreme Lord over the land and the proud husband of Pihanga.
The defeated mountains decided to leave and find domains where they could rule undisturbed.
Mt. Taranaki (Egmont) followed the setting sun to Taranaki and created the winding path of the Whanganui River. Tauhara and Mt. Edgecumbe decided to travel towards the sea and look towards dawn. They had to complete their journey in one night. Tauhara moved very slowly as he was sad and sore and only got as far as the north eastern shore of Lake Taupo and looks broodingly across at Pihanga and her proud husband. Mt. Edgecumbe moved quickly northwards and when the morning sun rose he found himself at the northern end of the Kaiangaroa Plaines - 160 km from where he originally stood.
One day, perhaps they will all rise up to return to the realms of Tongariro to seek revenge. Who knows?
Tel: 07 892 2812
Freephone: 0800 922 812
Contact: Bhrent Guy