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Napier and Christchurch

This week we are doing return flights between Napier and Christchurch. This pair of flights takes in some spectacular scenery along the east coast of both islands and through the Cook Strait region.

The southbound leg travels through another less-frequently visited part of VATNZ airspace, overflying the Wairarapa, east of Wellington.

The northward leg passes west of Wellington through the Kapiti coast before crossing the Tararuas for the descent into Hawkes Bay.

Both legs skirt the east coast of the upper South Island, affording stunning views of the Kaikoura Ranges and the rugged mountains beyond.

Total round trip time should be just over two hours, depending upon choice of aircraft. Air New Zealand flies this route with the ATR-72, but feel free to bring any prop or small jet.

Flight Routes

Note: Start the evening at either airport and fly a return trip to the other airport and back.

Napier to Christchurch: (NRCH1) NR H429 PM H325 FY Y694 MESIX H159 CH

Christchurch to Napier: (CHNR1 - Jets only) CH Y393 CC Y465 KAMET H467 PM H201 RIDLA H103 NR
Christchurch to Napier: (CHNR4 - Non-jets) CH Y819 FOXTN H467 PM H201 RIDLA H103 NR


NZCH Christchurch, New Zealand


 CallsignRadio NameFrequencyFreq
CTRNZCH-K_CTRChristchurch Control129.400
 NZCH-T_CTRChristchurch Control123.700
 NZOH_CTROhakea Control125.100
APPNZCH_APPChristchurch Approach126.100
TWRNZCH_TWRChristchurch Tower118.400
 NZNR_TWRNapier Tower124.800
GNDNZCH_GNDChristchurch Ground121.900