Hokitika - 80th anniversary of NZ's first airline
Saturday December 20 2014, 00:00
On 18 December 1934 Capt Bert Mercer started New Zealand’s first licensed scheduled air service from his Hokitika base with DH83 Fox Moth ZK-ADI.
The 80th anniversary of this important domestic aviation milestone will be celebrated on 20 December, in conjunction with the 150th anniversary of Hokitika goldfields beginnings in the mid-1860s, when the river mouth suddenly became a busy port and the town the fastest growing in our infant nation. Celebrations will begin with a special 150th weekend on 19–21 December 2014.
Highlights will include a river re-enactment, book launchings, movie showings, civic service and on
Saturday afternoon, a fly-in and transport display event at Hokitika Airport.
Transport by sea, rail, road and air have been vitally important to Hokitika and the West Coast.
Pilots, aircraft and their crews are invited to the fly-in event and to enjoy West Coast hospitality.