On Thursday night the first charter flight to view the Southern Lights took off from Dunedin.
Otago Museum Director Dr Ian Griffin led the sold out expedition, which carried 134 people on its unique trip.
Passengers on the Air New Zealand flight were treated to spectacular displays.
The Boeing 767 flew through the aurora zone several times, going as far as two-thirds of the way to the south pole.
The cost of tickets were NZ$4,000 in economy, NZ$8000 in business class. Organisers expect to repeat the flight in 2018.
The Southern Lights (Aurora Australis) is caused by the interaction of solar wind – a stream of charged particles escaping the Sun – and Earth’s magnetic field and atmosphere.