Very Scenic Commuter Flight New Zealand Style

Aharon Dayan

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Very Scenic Commuter Flight New Zealand Style
« on: September 10, 2020, 05:13:26 PM »
Shalom and greetings all my pals,

Presenting a beautiful commuter flight New Zealand style from NZDN Dunedin Airport approximately 22 kilometres south west of Dunedin to NZCH Christchurch Airport located in the suburb of Harewood 7.5 miles to the northwest of the city centre of Christchurch.

Passengers boarding through gate one jetway

Jetway disconnecting from the plane

You can tell from the tail of the plane that it is in middle of pushback

Checking through windows of the terminal to see if there is any late passenger running to gate 1 before starting engines (yeah we offer extra personal service)

Starting right engine with nice background view of the terminal

Starting left engine with nice view of ground markings

Activating flaps to degree suitable for take off with nice background view of airport tower and first and second gates

Entering into runway 21 with nice view of airport sign showing you distance on both sides of runway

Now on runway 21 for more taxi with nice background view of cool hangar

Starting backtracking with background view of how nice and proper mowing job on the airport grass


Airborne now with background view of Taieri River seen below right fin and view of Waipori River that leads out into ocean via Taieri Mouth seen on the top of the screenshot where you can also see under the tail a bridge called Henley Road crossing the Waipori River

Still on climb to FL200 passing waters of Lake Waihola where you can see in front of the plane nose a town of Waihola

Wing view of same lake

Another view of the same lake where you can see road called Finlayson Road seen on right side of the left engine

Wing view of Taieri Mouth

Passing town of Waldronvie seen in front of right wing where you can see bridge called Brighton Road crossing waters of Kaikorai Lagoon while the island called Green Island can be seen below the tail

Wing view of squarish or block shaped town of Mosgiel whose name was named after the farm of Robert Burns who was national poet of Scotland

Closer view of the same town where you can see Wingatui Race course

Wing view of Otago Harbour in front of South Dunedin

Ohh you want closer view of that harbour?? Sure here is closer view where you can see cruise ships docking at Port Chalmers

Approaching view of Hawksbury Lagoon and its town of Waikouaiti renowned for farming operations of 500,000 chicken to meet demands of eggs for New Zealand

Same wing view of the same town and same lagoon

Cruising along the coast

Cruising past Waitaki River

Cruising across nice green landscape of South Island

Approaching city of Timaru where you can see suburbs of Redruth and Kensington as well as waters of Saltwater Creek seen below the plane

Passing waters of Caroline Bay seen on right side of the plane and Inner Harbour seen below right wing

Leaving view of city of Timaru

Cruising along the coast

Passing wing view of Rangitati River which is home of Chinook salmon, brown trout, rainbow trout, and brook char

Passing TWO rivers both called Rakaia River which is home of black-billed gull, black-fronted tern, and banded dotterel as well as more salmon

Passing two rivers signal time for descent!!

Passing Lake Elllesmere where you can see Hector's dolphins, Southern elephant seals,  fur seals, and Basking sharks

Same view of the same lake

Approaching Banks Peninsula

Passing Lyttelton Harbour

Approaching beaches of The Pine Beach

Passing Waimakarari River where you can see off left wing two highways where one is route number 74 that runs through town of Northwood and the other one is route number one seen just next to the tip of winglet of left wing

At 10,000 ft flying above the same route number 74 that passes through town of Redwood where you can see off right wing waters of Styx Mill Reserve

You can see the stadium but oddly enough they do not call it stadium.  They call it Landcaster Park located in suburb of Waltham in Christchurch

Passing Woolston suburb of Christchurch where you can see red building in front of right engine which is actually The Tannery Mall of shops and restaurants as well as Deluxe Cinema.  Also the red building behind the right wing is National Storage which is self storage facility located at 89 Garland Road. You can see the river called Heathcote River

Passing town of Clifton where you can see beach in front of left wing which is called Sumner Beach. Just off right fin is where Christchurch Yacht Club is

Passing towns of Sumner and Scarborough

Wing view of Akaroa Harbour

At 5,000 ft with background view of Banks Peninsula

At 4,000 ft passing some tiny town

You can recognize this same lake from the previous screenshot

Now at 3,000 ft getting ready for runway 02 approach

Making right turn toward the runway

On final runway approach past background view of town of Russley

Check out those buildings

More view of the buildings


Nice tail view of exciting tire smoke

Look at the fire house

Look at cargo buildings

Look at clever hotel sign

Zoomed in the view of the clever hotel sign to catch passengers' attention

Front wheels making ground contact

Engaging reverse thrust with background view of the airport

Exiting from runway 02 into taxiway A4 toward gate 22

Check out next day delivery service building

Look at Air New Zealand very very far in background where you can see hangar with blue sign in front of hangar

Look at two buildings that are for United States Antarctic Department

Looking for gate 22 using easily marked taxiway with great gate guidance numbers

Found gate 22

Entering gate 22 apron

Arriving at gate to drop off very satisfied passengers

Van arriving to take care of some unknown problem

Luggage tray tractor pulling full luggage trays to be loaded into the plane for next flight to Auckland

Whatever you do during layoff break, never never use that phone on right side to call your wife

Thank you for viewing!!!  Stay tuned for next exciting flight.



Antony Radley

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Re: Very Scenic Commuter Flight New Zealand Style
« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2020, 01:50:45 AM »
Great shots, as a kiwi can confirm very scenic. Try the approach into NZQN, tricky to get right.

Aharon Dayan

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Re: Very Scenic Commuter Flight New Zealand Style
« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2020, 10:55:26 AM »
Great shots, as a kiwi can confirm very scenic. Try the approach into NZQN, tricky to get right.

Thanks for your kind words.  Glad you confirm accuracy of my geographical identifications on ground textures.

As for NZQN approach, I did that during Vatsim event for that airport.  Have screenshots somewhere that I will publish in future.