Aviation Tours NZ


‚ÄčThank you to the volunteer pilots and sponsors from 2020 through to 2021 who enabled us to put this project together, see the full list HERE

We have realized that with a project this big it is impossible to thank everyone individually. It's a massive team effort and to every single person who has helped in any way, we thank you wholeheratedly on behalf of the RSA, The Starship Foundation and NZ Warbirds.

Bringing together remembrance and hope for the the future, the Poppy & Star Flight has travelled around NZ in the run up to ANZAC Day 2021 fundraising for the RSA, The Starship Foundation & NZ Warbirds. 34 volunteer pilots shared the flight itinerary and carried the knitted artworks, with 30 events taking place nationwide. Hover over/click arrows on the interactive map for more info.   

You can still make a donation to any one of the charities here  

Follow the flight around the country on Facebook.

Tauranga to Gisborne Te Kowhai to North Shore Hastings to Palmerston North Gisborne to Hastings Omaka to Kaikoura Hawera to Taupo Kerikeri to Whangarei Whitianga to Tauranga Palmerston North to Masterton Rangitata Island to Timaru Wanaka to Hokitika Karamea to Nelson Ardmore to Thames to Whitianga Queenstown to Wanaka Greymouth to Karamea Kaitaia to Kerikeri Whangarei to Ardmore Dargaville to Kaitaia North Shore to Dargaville Paraparaumu to Hawera Rangiora to Rangitata Island Taupo to Te Kowhai Dunedin to Invercargill Invercargill to Queenstown Masterton to Wellington Nelson to Paraparaumu Kaikoura to Rangiora Hokitika to Greymouth Wellington to Blenheim Timaru to Oamaru Oamaru to Dunedin map

Sunday 28th March 2021 - Tauranga to Gisborne

Aircraft - Harvard 1066

Pilots - Andrew Gormlie and Roger Van der Zanden

Flight Sponsor - Classic Flyers Museum and Gisborne Aviation Preservation Society

Welcome Event - Kiri Te Kanawa Retirement Village 1.30pm to 3.30pm

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Monday 19th April 2021 – Te Kowhai to North Shore

Aircraft – Robin 2120

Pilot – Paul Ryan

Flight Sponsor – North Shore Aero Club

Welcome Event - North Shore Aero Club 2pm to 5pm

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Tuesday 30th March 2021– Hastings to Palmerston North

Aircraft – Diamond DA 40

Pilot – Reuben Wohlers

Flight Sponsor – Massey University School of Aviation

Welcome Event - Julia Wallace Retirement Village 3pm to 5pm

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Monday 29th March 2021– Gisborne to Hastings

Aircraft – Auster J5 Adventurer ZK-AXJ

Pilot – Roger Van der Zanden

Flight Sponsor - Gisborne Aviation Preservation Society

Welcome Event - Flight Centre Napier 2pm to 5pm

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Monday 5th April 2021- Omaka to Kaikoura

Departing 9.15am

Aircraft - Piper PA28-151 Warrior ZK-EBH

Pilot - Derek Harding

Flight Sponsor - Mission Aviation Fellowship and Avionics Canterbury Wide

Welcome event - Wings over Whales 10am to 12pm

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Saturday 17th April 2021 – Hawera to Taupo

Aircraft – Cessna 172

Pilot – Dave Jennings

Flight Sponsor - Howera Aero Club

Welcome Event - Active Arts - 11.30am to 1.30pm


Friday 23rd April 2021 – Kerikeri to Whangarei

Aircraft – Gyrocopter “Lemon”

Pilot – Rusty Russell

Flight Sponsor – Whangarei Flying Club

Welcome Event - Whangarei Central Library 11am to 1pm

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Saturday 27th March 2021 - Whitianga to Tauranga

Aircraft - Aeroprakt A32

Pilots - Warren Butler

Flight Sponsor - Warren Butler Insurance Advisor, Pukekohe

Welcome Event - Classic Flyers Museum 11am to 1.30pm

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Wednesday 31st March 2021 – Palmerston North to Masterton

Aircraft – DHC1 Chipmunk ZK-PTN

Pilots – Iain Chapman & John Bargh

Flight Sponsor – Wairarapa Flying Tigers

Welcome Event - Masterton District Library 2.30pm to 5pm

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Photo credit David Saunders

Wednesday 7th April 2021 - Rangitata Island to Timaru

Rangitata Island to Timaru

Aircraft - Tiger Moth

Pilot - Russ Brodie

Flight Sponsor - Russ Brodie

Welcome Event - Timaru Airport 10am to 12pm

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Sunday 11th April 2021 – Wanaka to Hokitika

Aircraft - Cessna 206 ZK-JTK

Pilot – James Stokes

Flight Sponsor - Glenorchy Air

Welcome Event - Hokitika RSA 1pm to 3pm


Wednesday 14th April – Karamea to Nelson

Aircraft – Piper Pacer PA20

Pilot – Brad Keay

Flight Sponsor - Don Grant/Penati Nut and Seed Crackers

Welcome Event - Ernest Rutherford Retirement Village 3-5pm

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Friday 26th March

Ardmore to Thames

Aircraft – Harvard

Pilot – Dave Brown

Flight Sponsor – NZ Warbirds Association

Welcome Event - Thames Museum 10am to 12pm

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Thames to Whitianga

Aircraft – Robin 2160

Pilot - Brett Pearce

Flight Sponsor - Brett Pearce

Welcome Event - Mercury Bay Museum 12pm to 4pm

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Saturday 10th April – Queenstown to Wanaka

Aircraft – Cessna 185

Pilot – Antony Sproull

Flight Sponsor - Air Milford

Welcome Event - Transport & Toy Museum 11am to 2pm

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Tuesday 13th April - Greymouth to Karamea

Aircraft - Maule

Pilot - Willie Sage

Flight Sponsor - Willie Sage

Welcome Event - Karamea School - 11am to 3pm

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Thursday 22nd April – Kaitaia to Kerikeri

Aircraft – P2008iS & P96G

Pilots – John Nicholls & Willie Morton

Flight Sponsor – Bay of Islands Aero Club

Welcome Event - Eco Hive, Paihia

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Sunday 25th April – Whangarei to Ardmore

Aircraft – Titan T-51 Mustang ZK-DGM

Pilots – Baz Norgrove

Flight Sponsor – Cloud 7 Aviation Ltd

ETD Whangarei 9am, eta Ardmore 10am

Final event 10am to 11.30 - Presentations to charities & Warbirds Memorial Flight

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Wednesday 21st April – Dargaville to Kaitaia

Aircraft – Fly-Synthesis Texan

Pilot – Alan Nelson

Flight Sponsor – Dargaville Aeroclub

Welcome Event - Far North RSA 12pm to 2pm

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Tues 20th April 2021 - North Shore to Dargaville

Aircraft - Cessna 152 ZK-ETZ

Pilots - Kinshuk Chhabra & Brook Taylor

Flight Sponsor - Taylor Plumbing, Titirangi

Welcome Event - Dargaville Aero Club - 12 to 2pm

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Friday 16th April 2021 - Paraparaumu to Hawera

Aircraft - Cessna 172 ZK-EOS

Pilots - Rhys Harvey & Beverley Prankerd

Flight Sponsor - Hawera Aero Club

Welcome Event - Hawera Library - 10.30am to 4pm

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Tuesday 6th April 2021 - Rangiora to Rangitata Island

Welcome Event - Charles Upham Retirement Village 10am to 11.30am

Flight Rangiora - Ashburton

Welcome Event - Ashburton Aviation Museum 1pm to  3pm

Flight Ashburton - Rangitata Island

Aircraft – Auster MK5 ZK-ARR

Pilot – Keith Pickford

Flights Sponsor - Link Engine Management

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Sunday 18th April 2021 - Taupo to Te Kowhai

Aircraft - Aeroprakt A22LS Foxbat ZK-SAJ

Pilot - Paul Brydon

Flight Sponsor - Paul Brydon

Welcome Event - Linda Jones Retirement Village - 11am to 2pm

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Aircraft - Cessna 172K Skyhawk ZK-DEP

Pilot - Mike Foote

Flight Sponsor - Plumbing & Gas Works Ltd

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Welcome Event - Linda Jones Retirement Village time tbc

Thursday 8th April – Dunedin to Invercargill

Aircraft – DH90 ZK-AYR (tbc)

Pilots – Ben Morrison/Glenn Armstrong/Laurie Officer

Flight Sponsor - Croydon Aircraft Company

Welcome Event - Invercargill Library 2pm to 5pm

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Friday 9th April – Invercargill to Queenstown

Aircraft – Piper Cherokee ZK-SWG

Pilot – To be Advised

Flight Sponsor – Southern Wings Ltd

Welcome Event - Abbeyfield Wakatipu 2pm to 4.30pm

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Thursday 1st April – Masterton to Wellington

Aircraft – Glasair 111

Pilot – Dave Etchells

Flight Sponsor – Cube Portable Buildings

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Thursday 15th April – Nelson to Paraparaumu

Aircraft – Stemme S 10 V  Motor Glider ZK-GSI  

Pilot – Dave Craill

Flight Sponsor – Raymar Motor Inn Blenheim "Spend a night not a fortune"

Welcome Event - Kapiti Coast Aero Club - 2pm to 4pm

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Monday 5th April 2021 Kaikoura to Rangiora

Aircraft - Piper PA28-151 Warrior ZK-EBH

Pilot - Derek Harding

Flight Sponsor - Mission Aviation Fellowship and Avionics Canterbury Wide

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Monday 12th April – Hokitika to Greymouth

Aircraft – Zenith CH750

Pilot – Hamish Hamilton

Flight Sponsor – Hamish Hamilton Electrical 2018 LTD

Welcome Event - Greymouth Library 2.30pm - 4.30pm

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Friday 2nd April 2021 - Wellington to Blenheim

Aircraft - Sounds Air

Flight Sponsor - Sounds Air

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Wednesday 7th April 2021 - Timaru to Oamaru

Aircraft - Piper Cherokee ZK-DEK

Pilot - Reon Blake

Flight Sponsor - My Care Package, Canterbury

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Wednesday 7th April 2021 - Oamaru to Dunedin

Aircraft - Cessna 180C

Pilot - Hayden Williams

Flight Sponsor - North Otago Aero Club

Welcome Event - Vincent George Travel - 10am to 3pm

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You can still help the RSA, donate to activate your own poppy drop. All proceeds from the Poppy Drop will go to the RSA.

Poppy Drop
Poppy Dress Auction

Poppy Dress SOLD for $1000 full donation to RSA

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