In August 1967 the Rotorua Aero Club applied for a twice-daily return non-scheduled service, between Rotorua and Auckland via Matamata, using de Havilland DH89B Dominie ZK-AKU (c/n 6662) which the Club had bought from Patchett Tours Ltd. The club's commercial charter and scenic flight division, known as Rotorua Aerial Charter, had been built up to a substantial operation, particularly after it had purchased James Aviation (Rotorua) Ltd from Bill Evans. On 1 November 1967 the licence application was granted with permission being granted for the use of a Cessna 172 aircraft whenever the Dominie was out of service for maintenance. The first flight took place on the 13th of November 1967.
|Rotorua Aerial Charter's timetable while the Dominie was operating the service|
|de Havilland DH89 Dominie ZK-AKU taken at Rotorua.|
One of Rotorua Aero Clubs Cessna 172s, ZK-CHP taken at Timaru.
The Dominie was sold to D W Gray of Auckland in mid June 1968 and the name for the non-scheduled service was changed to Geyserland Airways with Aero Commander carrying Geyserland Airways title in small script on the vertical fin/rudder. The air service continued to be operated by the aero club until the aircraft and air service licence was taken over by Geyserland Airways Ltd in June 1969.