Weve travelled two-thirds of the way to the south pole, seen an incredible display and were home for breakfast, says organiser [img]'https://i.guim.co.uk/img/media/ff78fe05169d8b319e5baa3b4f13b864caa0b545/145_125_1591_955/master/1591.png?w=1200&h=630&q=55&auto=format&usm=12&fit=crop&crop=faces%2Centropy&bm=normal&ba=bottom%2Cleft&blend64=aHR0cHM6Ly91cGxvYWRzLmd1aW0uY28udWsvMjAxNi8wNS8yNS9vdmVybGF5LWxvZ28tMTIwMC05MF9vcHQucG5n&s=4ab44a964fde10ecef99be114948b4af' 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.
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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. Aurora Australis and its northern counterpart Aurora Borealis occur when the Earths magnetic field interacts with electrically charged particles emitted by the sun. In December 2015, Tasmanians were able to to see the auroras vivid green and purple lights from as far north as Hobart. Mark Hathaway, a TVNZ reporter on board the flight, said passengers spent roughly four hours of the flight time viewing the aurora. A lot of people were like kids at Christmas, he said. Ian Griffin (@iangriffin) This is the moon with an aurora 60 degrees south of Earths equator shot from #flighttothelights AKA @FlyAirNZ 1980 #aurora#auroraaustralispic.twitter.com/aU0AayZq05