I don't have any pictures of either ZK-AWZ or ZK-BAT while they were in use with Golden Coast Airways...
|Golden Coast Airways first Cessna, four-seater Cessna 180 ZK-BFD|
|ZK-CAK was a larger 6-seater Cessna 185. It is seen above photographed at Nelson shortly after its arrival and below after it was repainted in Golden Coast Airways colour scheme.|
|The first Piper Pa23 Apache ZK-BYB photographed at Nelson with Golden Coast AIRWAYS titles|
|Cessna 180 ZK-BVQ photographed at Nelson|
Later that year, on the 31st of October 1963, Bill Evans, the pioneer founder of the company, sold it to Aircraft Hire Ltd of Masterton who renamed it Golden Coast Airlines Ltd.. The new ownership meant one of their aircraft, Cessna 205 ZK-CFF (c/n 205-0412), was at times used on the service. At the end of the year ZK-BVQ went to Phoenix Aviation of Greymouth and the company took over Piper Pa23-160 Apache ZK-BLP (c/n 23-1089) which Phoenix Aviation had used to pioneer a Greymouth-Christchurch service.
|Piper Apache ZK-BLP taken at Nelson.|
|Piper Apache ZK-BYB with Golden Coast AIRLINES' titles|
The company experienced a setback in May 1965 when Apache ZK-BYB suffered a landing incident at Westport. The aircraft having was subsequently sold.
|Ouch - ZK-BYB on its nose at Westport. Nelson Evening Mail, 8 May 1965|
In August 1965 the airline was sold to Nelson businessmen who renamed it Golden Coast Airlines (1965) Ltd. With the demise of SPANZ Golden Coast introduced a Nelson-New Plymouth service on the 23rd of March 1966. The company used their own Apache, ZK-BLP, and the Nelson Aero Club’s Apache, ZK-CHU, for this service. The New Plymouth service was extended to Hamilton on the 14th of December 1966.
|The launch of the New Plymouth service. Nelson Evening Mail, 21 March 1966|
|Nelson Aero Club's Piper Apache, ZK-CHU, taken at Omaka.|
|Nelson Evening Mail, 4 June 1966|
On the 4th of January 1967 the company introduced Aero Commander 500 ZK-CTM to its services. At this point the Aero Commander was unable to operate into Greymouth aerodrome until it required upgrading for the higher performance machine. The arrival of the Aero Commander also offered the company the ability to operate under IFR conditions. In December 1968 the New Plymouth-Hamilton service was discontinued due to lack of patronage.
|The Aero Commander ZK-CTM taken on the West Coast run at Karamea,|
|and Greymouth as well as getting airborne from Greymouth|
|The Aero Commander only had photos taken on one side of the aircraft. Photo taken at Chrsitchurch|
In 1970, while Westport airport was being upgraded for NAC’s Friendships, Golden Coast operated additional Westport-Nelson services, predominantly using the Nelson Aero Club’s Cessna 172 ZK-CGB. By this time the company had lost some contracts and was struggling financially. The Nelson-New Plymouth service was cut in mid-1970 and on the 17th of September 1970 the company ended its services south to the West Coast.
For more on the service to Greymouth see