One of the joys of domestic travel in New Zealand at present is Air New Zealand’s grabaseat which certainly makes air travel affordable. It also enables the slightly plane crazy (like me) to do things like flying to Taupo for the day, just because I’d never flown to Taupo before. These days Air New Zealand Link offers 3 flights a day to Auckland and 3 flights a day to Wellington. However, there are still traces of one of New Zealand’s smaller regional airlines, Taupo Air Services.
|Cessna 337 ZK-DFT at Taupo 15 December 1983 shortly after the service commenced.|
|Taupo Air Services' first timetable, effective, 1 October 1983|
|Cessna 337 ZK-DFT at Queenstown 24 October 1987|
|A fourth weekly flight on a Saturday|
|Taupo Air Service's Cessna 402 ZK-DSG at Taupo on 1 December 1996|
Today the only feature of the scheduled service still to be seen is the window of Taupo Air Service's hangar/terminal which boldly announces "We fly Taupo Auckland" - they might do, but sadly no longer on a scheduled basis. Also, their Cessna 172 ZK-DHU, one of the original planes that came from Air Central is often seen parked on the airport.