Monday 29 February 2016

Wellington International 12-2-2016 (2)

The neat thing about Wellington Airport is that you can get so many great spots to take photos of the aircraft.  After Coutts Street I went down to the Spruce Goose cafe for a coffee on their outside deck.  From there the backgrounds are busier but you get great views with a Northerly wind.

On a Friday afternoon I was the only one up there so I spent another pleasant hour or so in the sun and watched the passing parade.

 Long shots across the runway and apron can result in a bit of heat haze, but nevertheless here are Virgin Australia Boeing 737-800 VH-YIH, Qantas Boeing 737-800 ZK-ZQF and Air New Zealand A 320 ZK-OJI at the international terminal.

 A 320s VH-VGQ and VH-VGO and Q 300 VH-TQD at Jetstar corner.

 ATR 72-600 ZK-MVD and A 320 ZK-OXB at Air New Zealand domestic.

 Q 300 ZK-NEM2 in the old Air New Zealand colours.

 Soon to be gone, Beech 1900D ZK-EAG2 arrives.

 Q 300 ZK-NEO2

 and yet another Q 300, ZK-NET2

 ATR 72-212A ZK-MCA takes off with ATR 72-600s ZK-MVD and ZK-MVI in the background.

 And the RNZAF operated what I guess are regular flights - Beech B 200 NZ7123 takes off.

 While C130H Hercules NZ 7001 arrived.  

The Spruce Goose deck gave a great viewpoint for the Hercules as it taxied to the Government hangar.


  1. "the Spruce Goose cafe" - why is it called that? Is the food overpriced, late in arriving and too heavy?

  2. On Mondays and Fridays there is an RNZAF shuttle service southbound in the morning and northbound in tn afternoon, normally flown by C-130 or B757. At least that was the case some years ago when I was told and observations seem to corroborate that's still the case. I think the route is Whenuapai – Ohakea – Wellington – Christchurch and return.

  3. Thanks for that Allister.. That confirms what I saw as quite a few people got off with their bags, and there was some freight too.