One of the more mysterious operators to Great Barrier Island was Gulf Air. There was no mention of it in the Barrier Bulletin, I could only find one reference to it in NZ Wings and one advertisement for it in the NZ Herald. I have a copy of the timetable and a photo of the aeroplane that a friend took. Most of the information below comes from Bruce Gavin's records. I would love to know more, especially when the service ended. Can you help?
Air Services (Coromandel) Ltd took over the commercial operations of the Mercury Bay Aero Club known as Mercury Airlines on the 1st of November 1986. Operating as Air Coromandel the company initially provided air services between Whitianga, Thames, Pauanui, Coromandel, Ardmore and Auckland.
|Gulf Air's ambitious timetable - effective 5 December 1988|
|Gulf Air's GAF N22 Nomad, ZK-SNZ, taken at Auckland on 10 January 1989|
|NZ Herald, 3 December 2011|
For other posts on airlines flying to Great Barrier Island see http://3rdlevelnz.blogspot.com/2011/06/air-services-to-great-barrier-airline.html