Weve travelled two-thirds of the way to the south pole, seen an incredible display and were home for breakfast, says organiser
The first commercial flight to view the Aurora Australis landed in New Zealand early on Friday, with 130 star-struck passengers sharing the experience on social media.
The eight-hour charter flight took off from the South Island on Thursday and flew to a latitude of 62 degrees south, where organisers said passengers were guaranteed a view of the aurora.
Our lives are forever altered by this incredible experience and we are eternally grateful to have been a part of this remarkable event, said passenger Roz Charlton on Facebook, as others shared their pictures under the hashtag #flighttothelights.
Weve travelled two-thirds of the way to the south pole, seen an incredible display of the southern lights, got lovely pictures and were home in time for breakfast, the organiser, Dr Ian Griffin, told New Zealands TVNZ.
The flight tickets were priced at NZ$4,000 for economy and $8,000 for business class aboard the Boeing 767, which returned to Dunedin.
Rafael, a Spanish tourist from Mallorca, said he saw the flight advertised online and decided he needed to go on this adventure.
Given the flights popularity, organisers say they are planning a second one next year.