10 January 2022

A Capital Air Service - Wellington to Kaikoura

My return flight from Wellington to Kaikoura with Air Kaikoura. I was on the right hand side this time so had a better look at the coastline - unfortunately the low cloud hadn't cleared but it is still a stunning flight. This is what passengers on the service said, they didn't realise a flight from Point A to Point B could be so beautiful.

Air Kaikoura's Gippsland Airvan ZK-EHS waiting for its passengers for the return flight to Kaikoura

Echo Hotel Sierra taxi and hold at Mike 4... holding for a Jetstar Airbus

An Air New Zealand Bombardier Q300

Echo Hotel Sierra, after the departing Caravan line up Runway 16 behind

Lined up Runway 16

Surfers in Lyall Bay

The south coast of the North Island

Island Bay

Karori Rock light off Tongue Point

Strait Feronia which will be my ride back to the North Island

In the distance a ship had passed through the Strait

While the Interislander was still some distance away

Lake Grassmere again

I was on the right hand side so better views of Cape Campbell and the lighthouse

Clifford Bay where Railways wanted to build the new South Island ferry terminal

Fascinating rock uplift along the coastline

And there is even at airstrip down there

Canterbury Gully

Flaxbourne River to the left of the strut and Lake Elterwater near Ward to the right

Waima River where the road and rail joins the coast


Parikawa airstrip... Air Kaikoura operated an air service between Kaikoura and Parikawa after the Kaikoura earthquake when State Highway 1 was blocked by massive slips

Approaching Clarence


Big slips from the earthquake

A look at the uplift from the earthquake and road repairs

The big slips that caused the major road closure

Clearing weather as we approached the Kaikoura Peninsula

Company Airvan ZK-ORC was coming back from a scenic


South Bay and Kaikoura

Kaikoura would have to be one of the most picturesque towns from the air in New Zealand

Kaikoura traffic, Echo Hotel Sierra is finals 23 

A big thanks to the friendly Air Kaikoura team

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