This chapter examines flightseeing as a new form of ecotourism that is emerging as popular by tourists who visit the South Island of New Zealand. The chapter sets out the cases that aerial viewing of unique areas of flora and fauna overcomes the many criticisms that ecotourism as an activity and industry sector have faced. The chapter presents the results of a detailed survey of users of a number of flightseeing companies and examines a range of issues including their motive for taking a scenic flight and their level of overall satisfaction with this unique experience. Industry personnel viewpoints are also assessed on issues ranging from overall safety, the perceived impacts caused and the scope for future growth of this sector of New Zealand's ecotourism industry.
|Title of host publication||Nature-based Tourism in Peripheral Areas: Development or Disaster?|
|Editors||Michael Hall, Stephen Boyd|
|Place of Publication||Clevedon|
|Publisher||Channel View Publications/Multilingual Matters|
|Publication status||Published - 2005|
Westwood, N., & Boyd, S. (2005). Mountain Scenic Flights: A low risk, low impact ecotourism experience within the South Island, New Zealand. In M. Hall, & S. Boyd (Eds.), Nature-based Tourism in Peripheral Areas: Development or Disaster? (pp. 50-63). Channel View Publications/Multilingual Matters.