Jump to content
This site uses cookies! Learn More

This site uses cookies!

You can find a list of those cookies here: mysite.com/cookies

By continuing to use this site, you agree to allow us to store cookies on your computer. :)

Sign in to follow this  
Paul J

New Zealand grand tour...

Recommended Posts

Someday I'd like to get over there. Do you know about the Bandag Bullet race truck? I think it's kept in Auckland. If it's in your future on your trip, can I ask for an underbonnet picture? If you can't that's ok. I want to make a model of the truck but can't get a good picture of what's under the hood. The Bandag race team won't return emails either. I'd also like to know what engine in the the hauler truck. Like I say, if you can't, that's ok. I'm not on FB but here's a link https://www.facebook.com/Bandagbullet/

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

At Auckland. Nice place to celebrate my birthday today. Monday I am popping across to MOTAT while the missus and her friend do some other site seeing and shopping.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi. Am now in Australia. Staying with a friends family . Very near to Camden airport. I,m sure it s of interest so I am getting a chance to visit today(Thursday)  Friday will be spent taking in some sights in Sydney!

What can I expect at Camden?

 

Back in the UK next week.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi Paul.  Ive only just caught up with this thread.  I hope you enjoyed your time over here in NZed. I've been here 21 years now and I'm still loving it.  You might find Sydney has a slightly faster pace to it.

Cheers

Gaz

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Just got back from a visit to Camden. No sign of the museum,apparently long closed. But lots of Cessna,Piper, Beechcraft types everywhere

 Stopped ny a hangar where I spied an Auster. So I went and asked if  I could take a couple pics. So a,huge thanks to Matt and his colleague for making us so very welcome and for the very interesting story of it.  Was told of a couple Harvard's in another hangar but they were locked sadly. However if anyone of our Aussie members know a Matt and colleague Dave of  Dent Aviation at Camden, please pass on my huge gratitude to them. Wonderful welcoming!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi all. Am back in UK.  Still a bit jet lagged from Sunday .

 

Had a wonderful time in NZ Beautiful stunning country. Great friendly people especially at the airfields I visited. Sadly did not have enough time to go to most of the museums I planned. Did RNZAF Wigram, Omaka, Wanaka and MOTAT in Auckland.

 Aircraft at Wanaka were very few so slightly disappointed but some lovely cars in the same building. Wigram and Motat were superb. And Omaka was a very worthy visit. Some interesting stuff outside but not part of the collection like a Bristol Freighter and a couple Nanchangs. Nearby over at Woodbourne by the road an Argosy in SAFE colours(like the Bristol). Will post photos once I have made a selection of some of the highlights,

Had a nice treat at MOTAT. After absorbing the delights inside, I took a stroll out the back to see a huge structure of scaffolding and tarpauli shhhet. Under it all was the Short Solent with what looked like final paint work in progress. Met a chap who asked what I was doing I simply said I was interested in seeing the Solent so he took me under the covers and escorted me up stairs and was given a personal viewing up close of the work done to it and its history. After that we went in to the workshop building where a DC-3 was in the throes of work being done, then a visit to the flight deck and nose section of the sole remaining RNZAF Hastings! And a retired Air New Zealand B747 simulator.  So if any of our NZ members knows MOTAT and a guy called Mike who helps out there, pass on my appreciation of his generosity. ( just one of the few who were kind enough to let me see their aeroplanes) So many thanks Mike for the personal guided tour!

 

I just loved the country and will be sure to go back... maybe when I retire so I can spend longer there!

 

PS: All the other sights around the country were marvellous too; the rolling hills and mountains the thousands of cattle and sheep, exotic birds, the windy roads in various places like the one up the Coromandel penisular, Napier art deco buildings Mount Cook and surrounding places to name a few.

And a Blenheim town shop where I bought my new camera a Nikon A900 Coolpix to replace my knackered Canon

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Glad you enjoyed NZ! It's a bit of a missed opportunity going to Sydney instead of Melbourne - you could have visited the Avalon air show and the RAAF museum at Point Cook. And in my opinion Melbourne is far nicer than Sydney.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Pleased to hear you trip went well Paul, thanks for the positive review of our fair bit of dirt, we like glowing reports from visitors. :) 

Steve.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

My daughter and her hubby have just returned from a holiday in NZ.  They loved it and I would have commented here on how much they liked it, however there isn't enough page space to fit it all in! :thumbsup:

 

Mike

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 3/7/2019 at 1:53 PM, Paul J said:

Under it all was the Short Solent with what looked like final paint work in progress.

 

PS: All the other sights around the country were marvellous too... the windy roads in various places like the one up the Coromandel penisular,

Great to hear that you enjoyed your trip! We'll look forward to your photos of the highlights.

The Solent is a bit of a gem, but the collection in total is a bit of an odds-and-sods at times. Hopefully they still had the Mosquito there as well?

 

The Coromandel is a lovely place indeed. One of my favourite roads for a day-run on the bike.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 08/03/2019 at 08:19, bootneck said:

My daughter and her hubby have just returned from a holiday in NZ.  They loved it and I would have commented here on how much they liked it, however there isn't enough page space to fit it all in! :thumbsup:

 

Mike

Thats interesting. I met a couple on the Singapore AL flight back to LHR and they were from Somerset. Apparently delayed by a a day when leaving NZ. However all my flights went on time and no delays or issues just the last leg coming home was virtually entirely turbulence ridden  13 hours of it!

 

Still sorting the best of my aircraft pics so will get them up here on appropriate froum thread when all done.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
12 hours ago, hairystick said:

Great to hear that you enjoyed your trip! We'll look forward to your photos of the highlights.

The Solent is a bit of a gem, but the collection in total is a bit of an odds-and-sods at times. Hopefully they still had the Mosquito there as well?

 

The Coromandel is a lovely place indeed. One of my favourite roads for a day-run on the bike.

Yes the Coromandel road was fun even in the rental  KIA Sporatge we had.  

Re MOTAT the Mossie was there still but no Lodestar and Ventura but the Hdson was there  Liked the selection however.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  

×