Our impeccable view

I’ve flown several times in light aircrafts, but this particular flight was extra exciting.

Recently I hopped aboard one of Island Air Charter’s scenic flights, taking in the Western Bay of Plenty’s sparkling white sandy beaches on our front door and the vast green hills in the distance.

Having lived in Tauranga for a year-and-a-half, like most locals I’ve became a little complacent about how beautiful our region really is, but I was reminded why I moved here when I experienced the Bay from above.

Pilot and owner Paul Ensor, who has spent more than 30 years flying over Tauranga, says he never gets tired of the view, and I can see why.

The 15-minute flight, although short, was the perfect amount of time to explore the city.

With almost a 360 view of the region, I could see Mount Maunganui, Tauranga City, Matakana Island and our beautiful beaches from all angles.

“This flight isn’t just for visitors, but locals as well, with the majority of our passengers being people who have lived here for more than 30 years and have never seen the Bay from up above,” says Paul.

Due to the size of the plane, the Cessna 172 aircraft can also take you up close and personal with some of the region’s highlights.

One of the most stunning views was soaring alongside Mount Beach before then circling closely around Mauao.

The pilots are friendly and relaxed, allowing you to choose which path you want to take providing the conditions are fine.

“We have always operated the high-wing Cessna Aircraft as it gives passengers the greatest visibility and everyone gets an unobstructed window seat of the views below,” adds Paul.

“Everyone steps off the plane wearing a grin from ear to ear, which is hugely rewarding for all of us.”

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