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Domestic Turbopropping Around New Zealand On NZ  
User currently offlinebyronicle6 From New Zealand, joined Oct 2011, 425 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 5 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 5852 times:

Domestic Turbopropping around New Zealand on NZ

Background:

Welcome to my 2nd Trip report on Anet. For those who haven’t seen it here it is

Emirates A380 -Hop Across The Tasman SYD-AKL (by byronicle6 Dec 17 2011 in Trip Reports)

For those that know Air New Zealand well, will know that have a website called Grabaseat. (www.grabaseat.co.nz) Every day between about 4-10 routes (mostly domestic, with the occasional international ) fare is offered at below usual price for a one week period on certain dates.

However, in the lead up to Christmas they also have another special promotion called the 12 days of Christmas. So 12 days till Christmas, there are $12 fares, 11th day, there are $11 fares, right down to... Yes, You guessed it $1 fares. (including all taxes)
I had been particularly interested in grabbing flights from the airports closest to me (TRG, ROT, or WHK) which offer flights to AKL, WLG & CHC on Beech 1900D, Dash 8 or ATR72 turboprops depending on route. Or otherwise flights from AKL (about 2 hours drive) to the South Island tourist haven of Queenstown (ZQN) or southern city of Dunedin (DUD) on B733/A320

After getting several of these "cheapies" before, I knew I had to be quick, and hang on website , sometimes for hours waiting for the fares to go from "try back later this morning/afternoon" to being able to book.

After the 12 days I had ended up booking 3 return trips from WHK-AKL-WHK, TRG-WLG-TRG & ROT-WLG-ROT for $8 return , $22 return & $10 return respectively . With the $8 fee for using a credit card on top of that, I was all ready to go . Seems as though the "our fares have nothing to hide" promo has long gone out the window, as Air NZ now have a $10 charge to take a checked bag on domestic flights and a $4 credit card fee for each domestic one way sector. 2 of these bookings would be day trips and one would be an overnighter



The routing for the 6 flights

Saturday, 10 March 2012
NZ2546
Whakatane (WHK) - Auckland (AKL)
Scheduled Departure: 11:45am
Actual Departure: 11:46am
Scheduled Arrival: 12:30pm
Actual Arrival : 12:22pm
Flight duration (scheduled) 0:45
Flight duration (actual) 0:41
Distance: 115 nm/ 133 mi / 213 km
Seat : Economy 9A
Registration: ZK-EAL
5th Beech 1900D flight
29th NZ flight
1st flight on ZK-EAL
2nd WHK-AKL flight
Load Factor: 10/19 ( 53% )


The day started earlier than usual for me, and we left around 9:30am for the drive to WHK. The day was not the best for flying being very overcast and spitting with rain but it improved as we neared Whakatane. We arrived at the airport at 11.00am (45 mins prior to departure) and parked right outside the terminal which has unlimited free parking (oh how I wish all airports were like this. The joys of small regional airports eh?). The very unusually shaped building was designed by Roger Walker and built in the 1970's. It has a simple check in counter and waiting area off to the side. There is no cafe or other facilities except for bathrooms and an upstairs viewing deck. Baggage reclaim consists of a trolley brought round into the side of the carpark area.
WHK serves flights from Auckland (AKL) 3x daily and seasonally to Wellington (WLG) 1x daily, and strangely due to the weather I overheard a conversation about an AKL-GIS flight which had to be diverted to WHK that morning due to the fog in Gisborne.
The arriving aircraft touched down early at 11.25am, and was quickly turned around and re-fueled and we were invited to board at 11.35am. NZ Aviation law does not require aircraft with fewer than 90 seats to have security screening, thus all routes operated by Beech 1900D, Dash 8 & ATR72 do not have any screening whatsoever, so after boarding passes being checked, we were straight out onto the tarmac and onto the aircraft.
An automated voice recording (no video or demonstration) was played indicating the safety features of the aircraft.

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m637/Byronicle6/P1020839.jpg Odd terminal building

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m637/Byronicle6/P1020840.jpg
Just turned onto the active

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m637/Byronicle6/P1020841.jpg Turning around at the end of the runway

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m637/Byronicle6/P1020842.jpg Start of the take-off run

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m637/Byronicle6/P1020843.jpgUp in the air!

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m637/Byronicle6/P1020844.jpg Whale Island just off the coast (Looks more like a turtle though)

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m637/Byronicle6/P1020845.jpg Part of Whakatane township over the river, Coastlands at the bottom and Ohope Beach over the other side of the heads

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m637/Byronicle6/P1020846.jpg WHK runway

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m637/Byronicle6/P1020849.jpg Up above the clouds. There is a reason the Maori translation of Aotearoa (New Zealand) means “Land Of The Long White Cloud”

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m637/Byronicle6/P1020850.jpg

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m637/Byronicle6/P1020853.jpg NZ fleet. Today we are the smallest of NZ’s fleet operated by Eagle Airways with 19 passenger seats

There are no cabin crew onboard the Beech 1900D’s, and so no snacks or beverages are served on this short hop to AKL
I decided to take a look at the lavatory, but it was far to small to even stand up in let alone take any half decent photos. One thing I found strange was that it had a slide door


http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m637/Byronicle6/P1020855.jpg A small break in the clouds with the town of Omokoroa down below

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m637/Byronicle6/P1020857.jpg

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m637/Byronicle6/P1020858.jpg

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m637/Byronicle6/P1020860.jpg The NZ Beech 1900D’s have no doors separating the passenger cabin from the cockpit

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m637/Byronicle6/P1020861.jpg Starting our descent into AKL

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m637/Byronicle6/P1020862.jpg

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m637/Byronicle6/P1020863.jpg

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m637/Byronicle6/P1020864.jpg Down through the clouds

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m637/Byronicle6/P1020865.jpg Taken out the right hand side. You can see the Auckland Airport vicinity as the bit of land poking out of the harbour

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m637/Byronicle6/P1020866.jpg Wheels down

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m637/Byronicle6/P1020867.jpg

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m637/Byronicle6/P1020868.jpg Finals

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m637/Byronicle6/P1020869.jpg


http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m637/Byronicle6/P1020870.jpg Auckland CBD high-rises in the center


http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m637/Byronicle6/P1020871.jpg

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m637/Byronicle6/P1020872.jpg

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m637/Byronicle6/P1020873.jpg Touchdown; AKL international terminal behind

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m637/Byronicle6/P1020874.jpg

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m637/Byronicle6/P1020875.jpg AKL domestic terminal

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m637/Byronicle6/P1020876.jpg All Blacks A320 ZK-OAB

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m637/Byronicle6/P1020877.jpg

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m637/Byronicle6/P1020879.jpg Parked up at the gate

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m637/Byronicle6/P1020884.jpg Spotting at the observation deck. EK 77W A6-ECD just arrived from DXB via BNE; NZ A320 ZK-OJM ; LA A343 CC-CQE arrived from SYD and later bound for SCL & QF A332 VH-EBL bound for LAX

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m637/Byronicle6/P1020885.jpg EK & QF tails



The Return:

Saturday 10 March 2012
NZ2535
Auckland (AKL) - Whakatane (WHK)
Scheduled Departure: 3:30pm
Actual Departure: 3:35pm
Scheduled Arrival: 4:15pm
Actual Arrival: 4:09pm
Flight Duration (Scheduled) 0:45
Flight Duration (Actual) 0:34
Distance: 115 nm/ 133 mi / 213 km
Seat: Economy 7A (Emergency Exit Row)
Registration: ZK-EAR
6th Beech 1900D flight
30th NZ flight
1st flight on ZK-EAR
3rd AKL-WHK flight
Load Factor: 14/19 (74%)

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m637/Byronicle6/P1020886.jpg One of 3 Beech 1900D’s in the All Black livery ZK-EAG

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m637/Byronicle6/P1020887.jpg

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m637/Byronicle6/P1020889.jpg

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m637/Byronicle6/P1020890.jpg

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m637/Byronicle6/P1020891.jpg The weather certainly looks better in the Bay of Plenty

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m637/Byronicle6/P1020892.jpg Our aircraft from the carpark at WHK

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User currently offlinebyronicle6 From New Zealand, joined Oct 2011, 425 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 5 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 5852 times:

Part 2: TRG-WLG-TRG

Saturday 17th March 2012
NZ8529
Tauranga (TRG) - Wellington (WLG)
Scheduled Departure: 10:25am
Actual Departure: 10:26am
Scheduled Arrival: 11:40am
Actual Arrival: 11:29am
Flight Duration (Scheduled) 1:15
Flight Duration (Actual) 1:03
Distance: 228nm / 263mi / 423km
Seat: Economy 9C
Registration: ZK-NEC
8th Bombardier Dash 8 flight
31st NZ flight
1st flight on ZK-NEK
1st TRG-WLG flight

I apologise in advance for the lack of photos on these sectors. I had an aisle seat for the first flight and was very tired on the return after a late night the previous night

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m637/Byronicle6/IMG_1003.jpg Being dropped at TRG. The yellow building is what the terminal consists of

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m637/Byronicle6/IMG_1004.jpg Mt Tongariro (No snow at this time of year)

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m637/Byronicle6/IMG_1012.jpg The offerings on todays flight. Firstly Takaka spring water, followed by tea/ coffee and a biscuit and Air New Zealand’s famous lollies before landing
Saturday 17th March 2012
NZ8572
Wellington (WLG) - Tauranga (TRG)
Scheduled Departure: 1:20pm
Actual Departure: 1:26pm
Scheduled Arrival: 2:30pm
Actual Arrival: 2:32pm
Flight Duration (Scheduled) 1:10
Flight Duration (Actual) 1:06
Distance 228nm / 263mi / 423km
Seat: Economy 11A
Registration: ZK-NED
9th Bombardier Dash 8 flight
32nd NZ flight
1st flight on ZK-NED
1st WLG-TRG flight

After a couple of hours at WLG, and paying rip off airport prices for some lunch ($11 NZD for an orange juice and sausage roll) Orange juice alone was $6.50, when you can buy it in the supermarket for $2

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m637/Byronicle6/IMG_1004.jpg Wellington suburbs of Newlands and Johnsonville

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m637/Byronicle6/IMG_1007.jpg The northern reaches of Wellington Suburbs (Titahi Bay, Whitby & Mana)

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m637/Byronicle6/IMG_1010.jpg Wanganui/ Whanganui underneath the clouds. The city with the controversial “H”

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m637/Byronicle6/IMG_1011.jpg Back in Tauranga


User currently offlinebyronicle6 From New Zealand, joined Oct 2011, 425 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 5 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 5841 times:

Part3: ROT-WLG-ROT

Saturday 31st March 2012
NZ8585
Rotorua (ROT) - Wellington (WLG)
Scheduled Departure: 09:50am
Actual Departure: 09:48am
Scheduled Arrival: 10:55am
Actual Arrival: 10:42am
Flight Duration (Scheduled) 1:05
Flight Duration (Actual) 0:54
Distance: 205nm / 236mi / 380km
Seat: Economy 8D
Registration: ZK-NEK
10th Bombardier Dash 8 Flight
33rd NZ Flight
1st Flight on ZK-NEK
2nd ROT-WLG flight
Load Factor: 24/50 (48%)

ZK-NEK was delivered to Air Nelson in October 2006. It is one of 23 Dash 8 aircraft in the fleet, and has 50 all standard economy seats

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m637/Byronicle6/IMG_1019.jpg Very uninspiring ROT departures entrance

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m637/Byronicle6/IMG_1024.jpg

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m637/Byronicle6/IMG_1022.jpg ZK-NEK

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m637/Byronicle6/IMG_1025.jpg Lake Rotorua after take-off; Fantastic day for flying

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m637/Byronicle6/IMG_1026.jpg Rotorua CBD area coming into view

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m637/Byronicle6/IMG_1027.jpg Rotorua CBD & suburbs & Lake Rotorua

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m637/Byronicle6/IMG_1028.jpg Interesting cliffs to the south of Rotorua


http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m637/Byronicle6/IMG_1029.jpg Above the clouds

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m637/Byronicle6/IMG_1030.jpg The all important legroom shot

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m637/Byronicle6/IMG_1031.jpg

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m637/Byronicle6/IMG_1032.jpg Cabin shot

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m637/Byronicle6/IMG_1034.jpg Advertisement I saw in “Kia Ora” (Maori for Hello) magazine , Air NZ having 1.5 million seats under $100 each year

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m637/Byronicle6/IMG_1035.jpg Manawatu Plains

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m637/Byronicle6/IMG_1036.jpg Township of Levin to the north of Wellington

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m637/Byronicle6/IMG_1037.jpg Starting our descent

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m637/Byronicle6/IMG_1038.jpg

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m637/Byronicle6/IMG_1039.jpg Velvety looking hills. The photo doesn’t do it justice

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m637/Byronicle6/IMG_1040.jpg Wheels down

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m637/Byronicle6/IMG_1041.jpg Wellington CBD and “The Caketin” sports stadium

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m637/Byronicle6/IMG_1042.jpg

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m637/Byronicle6/IMG_1043.jpg Final approach

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m637/Byronicle6/IMG_1044.jpg

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m637/Byronicle6/IMG_1045.jpg Touchdown at 10:42am

Spent the night in Wellington at a friend of ours near the airport. Here are a few photos from the weekend:

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m637/Byronicle6/IMG_1051.jpg Did a nice 15km walk on the Sunday on the Rimutaka rail trail

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m637/Byronicle6/IMG_1053.jpg

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m637/Byronicle6/IMG_1056.jpg

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m637/Byronicle6/IMG_1061.jpg The drive back into the city

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m637/Byronicle6/IMG_1062.jpg Interesting Wellington sculptures




















Sunday 1st April 2012
NZ8588
Wellington (WLG) - Rotorua (ROT)
Scheduled Departure: 6:00pm
Actual Departure: 6:14pm
Scheduled Arrival: 7:05pm
Actual Arrival: 7:10pm
Flight Duration (Scheduled) 1:05
Flight Duration (Actual) 0:56
Distance 205nm / 236mi / 380km
Seat: Economy 13A
Registration: ZK-NFI
11th Bombardier Dash 8 Flight
34th NZ Flight
1st Flight on ZK-NFI
2nd WLG-ROT flight

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m637/Byronicle6/IMG_1063.jpg heading to departures

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m637/Byronicle6/IMG_1065.jpg All Blacks A320 ZK-OJR headed for AKL

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m637/Byronicle6/IMG_1066.jpg ZK-OJR & Our aircraft ZK-NFI bound for ROT

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m637/Byronicle6/IMG_1067.jpg Side on of ZK-OJR from inside the aircraft

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m637/Byronicle6/IMG_1071.jpg Heading to the active. Houses on the hill fighting for the best view

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m637/Byronicle6/IMG_1073.jpg ZK-OJR starting its take-off roll

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m637/Byronicle6/IMG_1076.jpg (Sorry for the blurry shot) WLG “Wild at Heart” terminal building

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m637/Byronicle6/IMG_1077.jpg

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m637/Byronicle6/IMG_1079.jpg

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m637/Byronicle6/IMG_1080.jpg turning north

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m637/Byronicle6/IMG_1081.jpg

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m637/Byronicle6/IMG_1082.jpg And it gave way to one of the most amazing sunsets I have ever encountered!

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m637/Byronicle6/IMG_1085.jpg Wellington down below, and the top of the South Island at the top of the image

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m637/Byronicle6/IMG_1089.jpg New edition of Kia Ora for the month of April

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m637/Byronicle6/IMG_1090.jpg Cabin shot

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m637/Byronicle6/IMG_1096.jpg “Welcome to Rotorua”

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m637/Byronicle6/IMG_1098.jpg ROT terminal building. There was heavy advertisement of the NZ 2x weekly A320 ROT-SYD service

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m637/Byronicle6/IMG_1099.jpg Baggage reclaim


Conclusion:

Overall these were as expected domestic hops. The offerings and service were average ,but what else can you expect? It would be nice though to be offered something a little more substantial to differentiate themselves from other carriers, but the LCC way Air New Zealand is going, I doubt that will ever happen.

Regards,
Byronicle6


User currently offlineRussianGirl From Russia, joined Jan 2011, 107 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 5217 times:

Hi Byronicle6!
Nice TR about flights on such interesting jets as Bombardier Dash and Beech 1900D!

Quoting byronicle6 (Thread starter):
And it gave way to one of the most amazing sunsets I have ever encountered!

Amazing!

Vsego horoshego,
Anastasia


User currently offlinepalmjet From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1223 posts, RR: 17
Reply 4, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 5133 times:

Hi there - very nice report and thanks for sharing with us.

I really loved the sunset photos as well - great catch.

I was also interested to read about your flights on the B1900D. I am due to fly with Air Canada Express on the B1900D in September and although I've been on a B1900D before, that was an evening flight, so am looking forward to flying during the day time with them - I remember how loud they were, but great fun to fly in!

Nice idea that NZ have regarding those promotional fares.

Good to see some pics from Rotorua as well - I was there in 1987 on a school trip (from Australia) and remember how strong the sulphur smell was from all the bubbling mud and hot springs in the area.

Thanks again - P/jet



Eastern - Number One To The Sun
User currently offlineTupolevTu154 From Germany, joined Aug 2004, 2185 posts, RR: 28
Reply 5, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 5022 times:

Your report looks great but I'm reeling at photobucket's bandwidth issues! Upgrade for a month so I can see your photos, they sound good!

Looking forward to checking back once the photos are fixed  



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User currently offlinewin1290 From Thailand, joined Jan 2012, 280 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 4607 times:

Hi Byronicle6,

Very nice trip report with great pictures! Reading this report does bring back good old memories when I used to live in Wellington for 2 years.   Also great to see interesting aircraft!

Quoting byronicle6 (Thread starter):
it gave way to one of the most amazing sunsets I have ever encountered!

Amazing picture!

Quoting byronicle6 (Thread starter):
Air New Zealand’s famous lollies before landing

I remember on a few domestic flights I took in New Zealand many years back, kid passengers were the ones handing out these lollies, did this happen on your flight?

Thanks for sharing!

Win


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6816 posts, RR: 77
Reply 7, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 4410 times:

Hi Byronicle6,

very interesting report with many good pictures! I really like the scenery in your country. I've never been on the Beech, they aren't easy to find.

Quoting byronicle6 (Thread starter):
Spotting at the observation deck.

The classic EK 77W shot - I took such a picture there, too.

Quoting byronicle6 (Thread starter):
And it gave way to one of the most amazing sunsets I have ever encountered!

Simply amazing!


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlinebyronicle6 From New Zealand, joined Oct 2011, 425 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 4391 times:

Quoting RussianGirl (Reply 3):
Nice TR

Thankyou RussianGirl!

Quoting RussianGirl (Reply 3):
interesting jets as Bombardier Dash and Beech 1900D!

They certainly are very interesting aircraft. They are both a very common aircraft type for me though living in regional New Zealand

Quoting palmjet (Reply 4):
Hi there - very nice report and thanks for sharing with us.

Thanks Palmjet

Quoting palmjet (Reply 4):
I was also interested to read about your flights on the B1900D. I am due to fly with Air Canada Express on the B1900D in September and although I've been on a B1900D before, that was an evening flight, so am looking forward to flying during the day time with them - I remember how loud they were, but great fun to fly in!

They are very noisy aircraft! its very noticable on them compared to other aircraft. Enjoy your flight on the 1900D!

Quoting TupolevTu154 (Reply 5):
Your report looks great but I'm reeling at photobucket's bandwidth issues! Upgrade for a month so I can see your photos, they sound good!

Looking forward to checking back once the photos are fixed

Sorry, should all be fixed now. Hope you enjoy the photos!  
Quoting win1290 (Reply 6):
Very nice trip report with great pictures!

Thnakyou win1290!  
Quoting win1290 (Reply 6):
Amazing picture!

Thanks

Quoting win1290 (Reply 6):
I remember on a few domestic flights I took in New Zealand many years back, kid passengers were the ones handing out these lollies, did this happen on your flight?

haha, yes on TRG-WLG , WLG-TRG & ROT-WLG the FA had a small child go around to hand out the basket of lollies. I remember doing this several times in my younger years on domestic hops like these too

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 7):
very interesting report with many good pictures!

Thanks Planehunter

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 7):
I really like the scenery in your country.

The scenery in New Zealand is certainly very unique, and quite unlike anywhere else

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 7):
I've never been on the Beech, they aren't easy to find.

NZ have around 20 of them off the top of my head, but i rarely see them outside of New Zealand. If you get the chance to come back to New Zealand, you should definitely fly on one to the regions


User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 9, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 4119 times:

Hi

Thanks for sharing your New Zeeland travels to us. Flying on some rare aircaft 20 000kms from home has always been on the list for me.
Amazing sunset as well on the WEL-ROT sector


Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlinebyronicle6 From New Zealand, joined Oct 2011, 425 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 4052 times:

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 9):

Thank You!. There certainly are some unique aircraft down this end of the world. NZ also operate the ATR72-500 (with orders for the -600) on larger regional routes


User currently offlinedstc47 From Ireland, joined Sep 1999, 1480 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 3887 times:

Pleasant reminder of New Zealand, last visited in 1988 in this TR.

Spent a long wait at Taupo Airport, we were all alone in the terminal, and I was amazed to find the door to the ramp open! So different from other places, even then, in terms of security.


User currently offlinebyronicle6 From New Zealand, joined Oct 2011, 425 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 3779 times:

Quoting dstc47 (Reply 11):

Thanks  
I wasn't even alive in 1988, but I'm sure it would have been the same as today, security is still non-existent in Taupo. Can walk straight from the car park onto a Beech 1900 without any check at all.


User currently offlinelukeyboy95 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 1092 posts, RR: 31
Reply 13, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 3772 times:

Hi Byron....icle.

Great little report. NZ has to be one of the most amazing countries to fly around domestically, and I love ANZ for the fact that they operate some of the most enormous, and smallest, aircraft in the industry.

With all this 'Grabaseat' function, I am likely to do some domestic hops next time I am in NZ.

Quoting byronicle6 (Thread starter):
Did a nice 15km walk on the Sunday on the Rimutaka rail trail

Cool. Very cool... trekking is strictly on my agenda next time I visit.

Many thanks

Luke



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User currently offlineEL-AL From Israel, joined Oct 2001, 1313 posts, RR: 5
Reply 14, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 3726 times:

Hey,

Thank you for a great report. I had no Idea there is so much domestic aviation activity in NZ.

The 1900D looks like an interesting ride, Hope to fly it one day.

Thx for shearing.



"In Israel, on order to be a realist, one's must believe in miracles" - David Ben Gurion.
User currently offlinebyronicle6 From New Zealand, joined Oct 2011, 425 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 3548 times:

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 13):

Hi Byron....icle.
Great little report.

Thanks Lukeyboy95

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 13):
With all this 'Grabaseat' function, I am likely to do some domestic hops next time I am in NZ.

Fantastic! I highly recommend it. You can pick up some great deals on Grabaseat

Quoting EL-AL (Reply 14):

Thanka EL-AL!

Quoting EL-AL (Reply 14):
I had no Idea there is so much domestic aviation activity in NZ.

Yep, its quite surprising for such a small country population wise


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