Getting a good look at Otago

Passengers on an Air New Zealand flight from Auckland to Queenstown yesterday got an unscheduled scenic tour of Otago instead.

A flight-tracking website showed Flight ANZ611 completing circuits around Tarras and the Wakatipu Basin before heading to Dunedin Airport.

The A320 flight was supposed to land at 9am at Queenstown but eventually landed at Dunedin about 9.30am.

A strong wind watch was in place for Queenstown at the time, and snow was predicted to fall on the nearby Crown Range Rd.

Later flights yesterday did mange to land in Queenstown.

Air New Zealand did not respond to a question about why the diversion was necessary.

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