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User currently offlineChris78cpr From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2825 posts, RR: 47
Posted (11 years 4 months 1 hour ago) and read 3290 times:

Can anyone give me some information about shooting at airports in New Zealand? Specifically Auckland/Christchurch and Wellington.

Which offers the best places for photography?

Which offers the best variety of traffic?

Which has the best weather in early May?

Which has the airport near to the city and good links between the two?

Off topic, which city has the best night life?

Cheers, Chris

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User currently offlineTWAMD-80 From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 1006 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (11 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 3258 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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User currently offlineKereru From New Zealand, joined Jun 2003, 873 posts, RR: 40
Reply 2, posted (11 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 3234 times:

Hi Chris,

Check out these web sites:

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.

Whats on? Do a search here:

Send me an email through the contact on my profile if you need any further help.

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User currently offlineNZ763 From Australia, joined Feb 2005, 2 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (11 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3201 times:

CHC has some good spots. The viewing deck on top of the domestic terminal isn't too bad. Gets you nice and close to the runway.

Cheers John
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