02 March 2016

Busy Taupo

Thanks to Fraser Weir for these pics taken at Taupo over the last month showing something of the interesting airline activity through Taupo...

Sounds Air's Pilatus PC12 at Taupo waiting its next departure for Wellington. Photo taken on 27 January 2016
And this is what the guy in the yellow shirt was watching... the arrival of Kiwi Regional Airlines' Saab 340 ZK-KRA

Announcing the arrival of rock legends Huey Lewis & The News into Taupo for the Summer Concert Tour.

Kiwi Regional was offering $29 seats from Taupo to Hamilton on the same day so Fraser went for a ride!

On departure from Taupo

Breaking out of the cloud over the Waikato

Te Awamutu

and on the ground at Hamilton
The new look at Taupo... Looking after all flights to Auckland are Air Nelson Bombardier Q300s. ZK-NFB at Taupo on 13 February 2016
Looking after all flights to Wellington are Sounds Air's Pilatus PC12s. ZK-PLT at Taupo on 13 February 2016

At Taupo on 20 February were Bombardier Q300 ZK-NEW,
Sounds Air's Pilatus PC12 ZK-PLS doing a charter from Christchurch 
and Sounds Air's Pilatus PC12 ZK-PLZ on it's scheduled flight from Wellington


  1. KRA Taupo to Christchurch on the cards?

    1. Hahahahahahaha

    2. haha yes. they have already said that's it for now for new routes. A second aircraft will mean the aeroplane popping up in odd places on charter that's about it.

  2. Love it Steve thank you.
    Is it usual practice for lowering of landing gear in a large plane like that so early on in the flight..? Putaruru-I should was when they lowered them..?

    1. Without knowing what their SOP's are I'm going to say no it's not normal. Based on what the 2 larger aircraft I've flown experience, and common scene ie more drag more power increased fuel flow etc etc

  3. Defiantly a enjoyable experience with kiwi!!! Great costumer service. Rung me first thing in the morning to let me know that the plane would be delayed. Just a shame that they didn't arrive at 11 as it would have made a great photo shot with sounds air, Eagles 1900 and kiwi's saab on the tarmac

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  5. Those PC12's are impressive

  6. Flying TUO-WLG next week so looking forward to try the PC-12 out!