27 February 2023

Temporary Service Starts

Air New Zealand has launched its first flights between Napier and Gisborne. The new temporary service between Tairāwhiti Gisborne and Hawkes Bay is a result of the two regions struggling with the impacts of devastating floods and severely damaged roads. The direct service will operate Sunday to Friday and is in addition to the airline's existing services to and from Gisborne and Hawke's Bay.  Flights are available for travel from 26 February to 25 March.

Last evening Bombardier Q300 ZK-NEB operated the first southbound flight, NZ8477 and this morning flying the first flight northbound NZ8478. 

A big thanks to Matthew Gibson who caught Air New Zealand's Bombardier Q300 ZK-NEB operating the first northbound service departing Napier on 27 February 2023


  1. These flights, while newly available to passengers, have actually been running for a few months now due to Crew Accomodation Requirements meaning that crew couldn't overnight in Gisborne.

    So the last plane of the night would fly empty to Napier or Rotorua for the crew to overnight there instead.
    The've only decided to sell tickets on these flights after the Cyclone! So not quite as 'generous' as it may seem!

    1. Whatever the reasons, these flights are full

  2. Still a great connection between these two cities. Who knows, it may become a permanent thing!