Pelorus Launches Experiential Aviation Tour Brand

Luxury travel and yachting company Pelorus has announced the launch of Pelorus Aviation, an experiential aviation brand that will drive sustainable air solutions for its clients and the aviation sector. Guests will be able to venture on an airship expedition with Pelorus Aviation from 2026.

Through strategic investments, Pelorus Aviation is actively involved in the development of Lighter Than Air (LTA) vehicles, such as airships, that are working towards a low carbon footprint. Investing in organizations such as OceanSky Cruises, a company at the forefront of developing an energy-efficient aerial vehicle, it aims to contribute to the industry’s evolution towards cleaner aviation alternatives.

Additional advice and best practice alignment is ongoing with aviation industry leaders, such as VRCO and Gayo Aviation, helping to ensure responsible innovation in the development of electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (eVTOLs) vehicles and electric seaplanes. These flight modes, Pelorus says, will eventually replace the need for helicopters and, in some cases, will become the future flying taxi system to connect cities and countries. For now, Pelorus Aviation is focused on building these vehicles into its yachting and travel itineraries, helping guests to land on yachts or in very remote lodges. All of this air activity is additionally supported by Pelorus’ partnership with Neste, a producer of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF).

Guests enjoying these new aviation experiences can expect turbo-prop flying safaris across Antarctica, heli safaris in central Africa and heli-skiing in remote locations and a range of other experiences.

Southern Africa With OceanSky Cruises

Gliding at an altitude of 1,000 feet above the ground, guests will enjoy this airborne safari around the Tropic of Capricorn. The airship will first travel from the Skeleton Coast towards Victoria Falls and then back around, traveling westwards and touching down in Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe. They can feel the crunch of the salt underfoot and take in the silence of the Makgadikgadi, one of the largest salt pans in the world. They will then be transported down the network of waterways of the Okavango Delta, floating along in traditional dugout canoes while their guide shares stories of life in the wild.

Above and Beyond: Discovering New Zealand

Coupled with the use of Pelorus Aviation’s twin-engine helicopters, guests will explore the Bay of Islands, a coastal enclave of over 140 islands, teeming with life, and visit the Kawiti caves by yacht to witness the thousands of glow worms. The adventure continues with a scenic exploration of Cape Reinga and a helicopter flight to the natural harbor of Whangaroa. Then comes a day of cultural experiences in Lake Rotoiti, where guests will receive a traditional pōwhiri, a Māori welcoming ceremony, before settling in at Huka Lodge with views over the Waikato River and some of the best fishing in the region.

Guests can delve into the heart of volcanic activity with an exploration of Mount Tarawera with a volcanologist, and a scenic flight over White Island, before concluding the day with an exploration of Orakei Korako. The trip continues, exploring the South Island on a Fiordland heli-safari, touching down at Skippers Tarns for a dining experience with a private chef. Scenic hikes and thrilling adventures await, including a private Shotover Jet boat and an ice-climbing expedition on the Tasman Glacier.

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