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Tauranga the Perfect Launching Pad for Scenic Flights


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If you've never thought about taking a scenic flight from Tauranga, think again. What better way to experience the Bay of Plenty region? Tauranga is a great launching pad for scenic flights - you'll enjoy awesome views over land and water that will give you a totally different perspective on this magical place.

Get a birds’ eye view of Tauranga's famous beaches, that endless white sweep of sand from Mt Maunganui and Papamoa to Maketu peninsula and beyond. It's also the best way to see Tauranga's much loved iconic hill, Mauao. A scenic flight offers a unique opportunity to appreciate this special volcanic landform that watches over the city and sea.

Scenic flights bay of plenty

Tauranga is a convenient striking distance for scenic flights to many of New Zealand's most beautiful and exciting landscapes. There are attractions further afield such as the steaming White Island, the jewel like Rotorua Lakes and the stunning Coromandel bush and beaches that are all within easy reach of Tauranga Airport.

Whether you land on an active volcano, fly over clear blue waters or moon-like geothermal landscapes, gaze down on pristine native bush or into the expanse of an open cast gold mine, seeing these breathtaking places by air will make your Tauranga visit that extra bit special.

If you'd like more information on scenic flight options around Tauranga, get in touch with our friendly team at Aerius Helicopters.


Experience NZ’s Must-Do Hobbiton Movie Set Tour


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A Hobbiton Movie Set Tour will transport you to the peaceful region of Middle-Earth where Bilbo Baggins lived and that famous quest for the ring began.

Imagine your first glimpse of the Shire is from the air, looking down at the carpet of rolling green pasture dotted with sheep and cattle, then the hobbit holes and laneways of the picturesque little village unfold below you. It's the perfect way to discover the magic of Hobbiton.

Aerius Helicopters will fly you to the Hobbiton Movie Set as one of the many extraordinary experiences they offer. Leaving from Tauranga, it's a convenient half-day trip and you get to enjoy spectacular mountain and forest views on the way.

Hobbiton movie set tour

From the moment we land, you'll be blown away by the attention to detail on the Hobbiton set, from the brightly painted doors, carved letterboxes and garden tools to the old oak Party Tree standing in the Party Field. It's all there. Sandyman's Mill stands on the edge of the pond near the double arched bridge and you must visit Bag End, home to the heroic yet humble Baggins family.

Be sure to partake of a hobbit brew at the Green Dragon Inn before you leave. Carefully recreated, it's the perfect spot to relax by the fire, drink in hand and soak up the Hobbiton atmosphere.

The guides are really well informed with all the movie trivia a fan could want so together with the beautiful setting, it's no wonder Hobbiton remains one of our most popular, must-see attractions. Contact us at Aerius Helucopters any time for more Hobbiton movie set tour information.

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