Assorted travels

The year 2019 was a busy one for me with one trip to Rotorua, one to Auckland and one to Singapore. 2023 is turning out similar. My last post covered a few pics from a trip to Rotorua and Hamilton. This post covers a trip to Nelson and the beginning of another to Singapore.

First up, Nelson. There was really very little of an aviation theme in this trip, but I did take the chance to visit one of the preserved Bristol Freighters, out at Founders Heritage Park.

The Bristol Mk.170 Freighter formerly known as ZK-CLU of SafeAir.

While on my way home, I spied a little activity on the western apron of Wellington Airport. There was a Women’s World Cup Football game on in the city, and there was also a visit by the US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken — who would later impede my bus journey from airport to railway station as his motorcade literally stopped traffic.

USAF Boeing VC-32A, 98-0002 was awaiting Secretary of State Blinken.
Gulfstream G650ER, N1972, operated by Nike Corporation, and Embraer E190-E2, VH-IJK, operated by Pionair.

That takes care of the Nelson trip. What follows is the still-in-New Zealand portion at the beginning of my Singapore trip. The rest will follow in a separate post.

I was flying via Christchurch, so elected to go a day early and take in the Air Force Museum of New Zealand again. Not much snapped here, but I had to get the Bristol Freighter now it is out of the reserve hangar.

Bristol Mk.170 Freighter, NZ5903 formerly of the RNZAF.

I stayed the night in Christchurch in the Novotel at the airport. I could see both of the following aircraft out of my window! The photographs, however, were taken on a short walk around the surrounding carparks.

Boeing C-17 Globemaster III, 08-8203, of the USAF.
Airbus A380, A6-EVL, of Emirates.

That’s all for this post. There are a few more pics of some of the same aircraft on Flickr if you care to look.


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