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1930, November 6
Air Travel: Special Air Mail, Inauguration of Christchurch - Dunedin Service: Christchurch - Dunedin

1931, 10 March
Gisborne Air Transport Ltd.: Inauguration of daily weekday service from Gisborne to Hastings & return: Hastings - Gisborne

1931, 24 March - 7 April
Kaitaia Aero Club: Inauguration Of Intermittent Air Mail Service between Kaitaia & Auckland: Auckland - Kaitaia

1931, 10 December
Air Travel: Special Survey flight Auckland - Gisborne and return: Auckland - Gisborne

1931, 10 December
Air Travel: Special Survey flight Auckland - Gisborne and return: Rotorua - Auckland

1932, 20 January
Air Travel: Special Survey flight between Wellington and the West Coast: Nelson - Hokitika

1932, 20 January
Air Travel: Special Survey flight between Wellington and the West Coast: Westport - Wellington

16 March
Air Travel: Special Survey Flight Wellington - Dannevirke and return: Masterton - Woodville

1932, 16 March
Air Travel: Special Survey Flight Wellington - Dannevirke and return: Pahiatua - Masterton

1932, 30 April
Air Travel: Final Survey flight between Auckland and North Auckland: Russell - Auckland

1932, 30 April
Air Travel: Final Survey flight between Auckland and North Auckland: Whangarei - Auckland

1932, 28-29 September
Westland Aero Club: Special survey flight between Hokitika and Okuru: Hokitika - Waiho Gorge

1932, 28-29 September
Westland Aero Club: Special survey flight between Hokitika and Okuru: Waiho Gorge - Okuru

1932, 28-29 September
Westland Aero Club: Special survey flight between Hokitika and Okuru: Okuru - Waiho Gorge

1933, 17 December
C.T.P. Ulm: VH-UXX "Faith in Australia" - Special non-stop survey flight Auckland-Invercargill

1934, 31 December
Air travel [N.Z.] Ltd.: Inauguration of regular service between Hokitika, Haast, and Okuru: Okuru - Haast

1936, 16 March
Union Airways of N.Z. Ltd.: Inauguration of regular official air mail service Palmerston North -Blenheim - Christchurch - Dunedin & vice versa: Christchurch - Dunedin

1936, 16 March
Union Airways of N.Z. Ltd.: Inauguration of regular official air mail service Palmerston North -Blenheim - Christchurch - Dunedin & vice versa: Christchurch - Palmerston North

1937, 23-24 February
Cook Strait Airways Ltd.: Extension of service from Nelson to Greymouth and Hokitika on the West Coast of the South Island: Wellington - Nelson - Hokitika

1937, 23-24 February
Cook Strait Airways Ltd.: Extension of service from Nelson to Greymouth and Hokitika on the West Coast of the South Island: Blenheim - Nelson - Greymouth

1937, 23-24 February
Cook Strait Airways Ltd.: Extension of service from Nelson to Greymouth and Hokitika on the West Coast of the South Island: Hokitika - Greymouth

1937, 27 June
Union Airways of N.Z. Ltd.: Inauguration of regular service Wellington - Palmerston North - New Plymouth - Auckland: Auckland - Wellington

1939, 15 March
Cook Strait Airways Ltd.: Inclusion of Westport in Wellington - Hokitika service: Blenheim - Westport

1947, 30 September
Air travel (N.Z.) Ltd.: Last air mail flights Hokitika - Greymouth - Westport - Nelson route: Nelson - Okuru

1947, 1-3 October
N.Z. National Airways Corp.: First flights Hokitika - Haast - Okuru route: Fox Glacier - Okuru

1947, 17 November
N.Z. National Airways Corp.: Inauguration of "Dominie" service giving 1st same-day through connections from Invercargill northward: Invercargill - Nelson - Okuru

1951, 17 December
First Flights By NZNAC: Hokitika - Wellington

1954, 1 November
N.Z. National Airways Corp.: Inaugural flights linking Wanganui direct with Auckland, New Plymouth, Palmerston North and Wellington: Palmerston North - Wellington

1956, 16 April
Auckland - Invercargill route: Christchurch - Invercargill

1957, 27 May
Trans-Island Airways: first flight: Nelson - Christchurch

1958, 3 February
Christchurch - Auckland & vice versa: Auckland - Christchurch

1959, 20 July
Opening Day flights from Wellington Airport: Christchurch - Wellington

1959, 16 December
Auckland - Dargaville & return: Auckland - Dargaville

1969, 2 December
Mount Cook Airlines: Alexandra - Dunedin

1970, 25 December
Campbell Island

1973, 20-22 February
Emergency Army Helicopter Mail: Hanmer Springs - Culverden

1985, 12 February
Newman's Air - Inaugural flight: Rotorua - Christchurch

Christmas Flights

1931, 24 December
Special Christmas Eve survey flights by various pilots throughout New Zealand. Hastings-Timaru signed by pilot M.C. McGregor

1931, 24 December
Gisborne - Hawera signed by J.M. Buckeridge & W.H.Lett

1931, 24 December
Hastings - New Plymouth signed by J.M. Buckeridge & W.H. Lett

1932, 24 December
Special Christmas Eve Survey flights by various pilots throughout New Zealand. Blenheim-Timaru

1932, 24 December
Special Christmas Eve survey flights by various pilots throughout New Zealand. Hastings - Wellington signed by pilot A. Gerrand

Overseas Flights

1931, 17 April / backstamp
Acceptances of N.Z. Mail: Experimental Darwin - London Airmail: Australian National Airways / Qantas / Imperial Airways: New Zealand - Burma

1931, 17 April / backstamp
Acceptances of N.Z. Mail: Experimental Darwin - London Airmail: Australian National Airways / Qantas / Imperial Airways: New Zealand - Calcutta

1931, 25 April / backstamp
Acceptances for New Zealand via Second Experimental Air Mail England-Australia-[N.Z.] - Imperial Airways / Qantas / Australian National Airways: Calcutta - New Zealand

1931, 25 April / backstamp
Acceptances for New Zealand via Second Experimental Air Mail England-Australia-[N.Z.] - Imperial Airways / Qantas / Australian National Airways: Singapore - New Zealand

1931, 12 November
New Zealand Acceptances for First "All-Australian" Air Mail [N.Z.] - Australia - England Christmas Air Mail - Air Travel / Australian National Airways Limited

1932, 30 June / backstamp
First Regular New Zealand Acceptances for - Persia, Iraq, Palestine and Egypt via the Karachi - London Air Route by Imperial Airways Limited: New Zealand - Egypt

1932, 15 July / backstamp
Imperial Airways Limited First New Zealand Acceptance from Wellington via Karachi - Cairo - Cape Town Services to Africa: New Zealand - South Africa

1934, 17 February
"Faith in Australia" first Kaitaia - Sydney return trans-Tasman flight

1934, 29 March
"Southern Cross" 6th Crossing: Sydney - Kaitaia

1934, 11-12 April
VH-UXX "Faith in Australia": Sydney - New Plymouth trans-Tasman flight

1934, 24 July
VH-UXX "Faith in Australia": Sydney - Port Moresby - Lae

1938, 2 January
Auckland - San Francisco Survey Flight

1938, 21-27 November
Crash of Imperial Airways Short S23 Empire Flying Boat G-AETW "Calpurnia" (Captain E.E. Atwood).

1940, 30 April-2 May
Tasman Empire Airways: Auckland - Sydney and vice versa

1940, 30 April-2 May
Tasman Empire Airways: Sydney - Auckland

1941, 11 November
Return Trans-Pacific Flight: Auckland - Suva

1944, 24 August
Civilian aerogram: New Zealand - Gibraltar

1947, 25 April-3 May
Auckland - Vancouver - Auckland

1950, 3 October
Tasman Empire Airways Ltd.: Wellington - Sydney and return

1950, 18-20 December
Sydney - Christchurch and return

1951, 27 December
Inauguration of the Coral Route by Teal

1953, 2 June
New Zealand - Australia - England Coronation Air Mail & return

1953, 1 September
Canterbury International Air Race

1953, 1 October
The London - Christchurch Canterbury Centennial Air Race

1958, 14 October
30th Anniversary of First New Zealand - Australia Trans-Tasman Flight

1983, 21 February
Auckland - Pitcairn Islands Air Drop

1984, 11 April
50th Anniversary of First Official trans-Tasman flight

1985, 19 March
Auckland - Pitcairn Islands Air Drop

1985, 29 August
Special "Stampex" Air Mail - Christchurch - McMurdo Sound, Antarctica

1987, 26 February
Auckland - Pitcairn Islands Air Drop

1987, 23-28 March
Singapore - Christchurch - the Last Great Air Race

1987, 28 October
Auckland - Dallas Fort Worth

1987, 30-31 October-2 November
Auckland to Frankfurt - Am-Main and vice versa

1988, 10 September
Sydney - Christchurch

1988, 13 October
60th Anniversary of Charles Kingsford

1988, 6 November
Auckland - Denpasar, Bali service

1988, 7 November
Singapore - Christchurch

1989, 27 March
Tokyo - Christchurch

1989, 2 April
Christchurch - Perth direct service

1989, 12 April
Christchurch - Sydney - London Concorde flight

1992, 7 August
Auckland - Pitcairn Islands Air Drop


Maps

North Is
North Island of New Zealand

South Is
South Island of New Zealand

North & South
North & South Islands of New Zealand

NZ Islands
Islands that come under the jurisdiction of New Zealand

NZ-UK-Africa
Route used for the early flights from New Zealand to the United Kingdom




The information used on this site has been sourced
from the following three publications:


"THE AIR MAILS OF NEW ZEALAND, Volume One,
THE INTERNAL FLIGHTS"
(1897-1955)
by DOUGLAS A. WALKER

"AIRMAILS OF NEW ZEALAND, Volume Two,
THE OVERSEAS FLIGHTS
1928-1940"
by DOUGLAS A. WALKER

"THE NEW ZEALAND AIRMAIL CATALOGUE" Third Edition, 2009
(editor: Mike Shand) Author JAMES A. STAPLETON


ACKNOWLEDGEMENT TO THE PUBLISHER

Kind permission for their material to be used on this website
has been granted by:

THE AIR MAIL SOCIETY OF NEW ZEALAND Inc,
Box 29-144, Fendalton,
Christchurch,
New Zealand

Air Mail Society of New Zealand website

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