WATCH: Passengers view stunning Southern Lights on first chartered flight

The organiser of the trip said the lucky passengers got back to New Zealand "in time for a nice breakfast"

WATCH: Passengers view stunning Southern Lights on first chartered flight

File photo of Aurora Australis. Picture by: Xinhua/SIPA USA/PA Images

130 people this week enjoyed a trip on board what is believed to have been New Zealand's first chartered flight to view the Southern Lights.

Aurora Australis is the natural polar light display that is visible in high latitudes areas of Antarctica, Argentina, Chile, Australia and New Zealand.

The New Zealand Boeing 767 left Dunedin in New Zealand at 9pm on Thursday night.

The plane then travelled over the ocean to ensure passengers would get clear views of the aurora, with The Guardian reporting it flew to a latitude of 62 degrees south.

The plane returned home in the early hours of Friday morning.

The trip was led by Dr Ian Griffin, the director of the Otago Museum in Dunedin.

Speaking to Radio New Zealand, he said they managed to capture "some astonishing pictures and some really lovely video" during the trip.

He said there was "certainly a lot of happy people", adding: "Maybe [some] were expecting really bright kind of laser beam-type stuff in the sky which isn't quite what we saw. But we certainly got there, crossed the oval - we actually flew all the way through it, which was pretty amazing - and got back in time for a nice breakfast in Dunedin."

While the flight sold out, the plane was not completely full as all the passengers had to have window seats to view the lightshow.

During the flight, the passengers crossed the international date line twice - meaning they took off on March 23rd, landed on March 24th, but also crossed over to March 22nd during the trip.

The journey did not come cheap, however: tickets for the inaugural flight cost $4,000 (€2,600) for economy class and $8,000 (€5,200) for business class.