TWAMD-80 From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 1006 posts, RR: 4 Reply 1, posted (8 years 10 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2239 times:
I was in NZ back in the summer of 2003. As I was with a group of people, I didn't get to do a lot of spotting, but I did still manage to get some pics. An airport that I found that has a very scenic backdrop is Queenstown which is on the South Island. It's about a 6 hr. drive from Christchurch, or a fairly short flight. As far as weather goes, at the beginning of may, ZQN is in the Fall. When I was there in June Winter just began. Traffic at ZQN comprises of ATR's and 737's mainly, so there's not a lot of big stuff, but the views pretty much make up for that. The airport is served by 3 airlines - Air New Zealand, Qantas, and Origin Pacific. The approach into ZQN is also stunning - you are surrounded on both sides by mountains which makes for some great views. The airport is roughly 5 mi from the city, which has a nice selection of bars and things to do.
AKL has a nice variety of aircraft, but I didn't get to check out any spotting locations. I am not sure about the current situation with law enforcement at these airports but since they are in NZ I imagine that the situations can't be too bad. If you do go in May, the temperatures can get pretty chilly down there. If you have any questions feel free to ask.
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Auckland has the largest population and probable the most international traffic. Christchurch has quite a lot too and these are the two main destinations that accommodate 747 etc. Wellington has some excellent spotting places but not much traffic mainly 737 / A320 and smaller.