BLOG

THE KEA CHRONICLES

ZK-LOR rejoins the fleet

We are extremely excited to welcome back our second GippsAero GA8 Airvan back from its full rebranding, bright, ready and looking great for our busy summer season. Again, a huge thank you to Frew’s Restorations in Auckland for the incredible job on ZK-LOR and ZK-JRR. ZK-LOR was the first GA8 Airvan purchased by Glenorchy Air.

Our Managing Director, James Stokes, flew her back from Ardmore Airport in Auckland to Wanaka yesterday for a final maintenance check by Performance Aviation before she’ll return to our Queenstown Airport hangar to take our wonderful passengers around the stunning Southern Alps.

A few hours after departing Ardmore, James stopped in at Chateau Airfield on the edge of Tongariro National Park to see our friends at Mountain Air. They’ve been offering scenic flights around the area since 1988 over Mt. Tongariro, Mt. Ngauruhoe and Mt. Ruapehu.

Tongariro National Park
ZK-LOR at Chateau Airstrip at Tongariro National Park

After a nice catch up, James started the journey south and crossed the Cook Strait to land at Omaka, near Blenheim.

ZK-LOR crossing the Cook Strait
Flying over the Marlborough Sounds

After a quick lunch at Omaka, James departed for his final leg of 2.5 down the South Island to Wanaka Airport, following the Southern Alps.

The rugged Eastern side of the Southern Alps
ZK-LOR parked at Omaka Airport

Now at Wanaka Airport, ZK-LOR will have a final maintenance check before returning home to Queenstown Airport. Once home, she’ll be ready to start the busy summer season runs to Milford Sound, Mt. Cook and beyond.

With Christmas right around the corner, a gift card with Glenorchy Air is a fantastic way to give the gift of epic views and an unforgettable adventure for your family and friends. Check out our Gift Cards today.

SHARE THIS POST ⟶

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on reddit
Share on whatsapp
Share on email

Stay in Milford Sound a little while longer with our Milford Sound Ultimate Overnight Experience

Our latest product offering is one for the bucket list! Spend 2 days in majestic Fiordland, soaking up the stunning natural beauty from all aspects of land, sea and sky. Our Milford Sound Ultimate Overnight Experience includes an unforgettable journey into the heart of Milford Sound by coach, a cruise aboard a spacious, modern catamaran, an overnight stay at Milford Sound Lodge and finishes with a return scenic flight to Queenstown.

Read More ⟶

We’ve just been awarded Qualmark Silver – Tourism New Zealand’s official mark of quality

A little birdie (Kea to be exact), dropped in to deliver some exciting news this week! We have officially been awarded the Qualmark Silver Sustainable Tourism Business Award! As New Zealand tourism’s official mark of quality, this award means you can book your scenic flight adventure with us with confidence, knowing we’ll provide a quality, safe, and sustainable experience coupled with kiwi hospitality.

Read More ⟶

Save Now with our Family Packs!