LONGEST Running de Havilland Biplane Air Service — Haast Junction, New Zealand
Posted by: Dunbar Loop
S 43° 51.661 E 169° 02.753
59G E 342963 N 5141707
Quick Description: Staring in 1934 and running until 1967, Haast was service with the world's longest running de Havilland biplane scheduled air service.
Location: South Island, New Zealand
Date Posted: 1/18/2010 1:56:26 PM
Waymark Code: WM830F
Long Description:Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of New Zealand’s First Licensed Scheduled Air Service
On 18 December 1934, pioneer airline Air Travel (NZ) Ltd, founded by Captain J.C. (Bert) Mercer, commenced air services from Hokitika to South Westland with de Havilland DH.83 Fox Moth ZK-ADI.
Places on the early scheduled service were, at various times, Whataroa, Waiho (Franz Josef), Weheka (Fox Glacier), Bruce Bay, Haast, Upper Okuru, Ohuru (Mussel Point) and Jackson Bay.
The air service was taken over by New Zealand National Airways Corporation (NAC) in 1947 and by West Coast Airways Ltd (WCA) in 1956.
Nearby Haast Aerodrome was the main southern terminus for the passenger, airmail, freight and air-ambulance service provided by Air Travel, NAC and WCA. The air service greatly reduced the isolation of all who lived in South Westland, before any road access was completed.
The world’s longest running de Havilland biplane air service ended in March 1967, due to the effects of the new Haast Highway.
Dedicated on 19 December 2009.