Dunedin is probably my favourite city in New Zealand (by most of the world's standards you'd call it a town not city). The airport is a long way out of town on a river valley which is often fogbound. Our short notice flight to depart Dunners was with Origin Pacific and would be on the Jetstream 41 ZS-JSK - the same frame I'd seen at Wellington earlier in the month. The weather that April 22, 2002 was not very pleasant. Dunedin as you can see below is a nice little airport with limited airbridge access from the terminal:
Our Jetstream stopped over at Christchurch on the way were we had to disembark and re-embark. Obviously back in 2002 its the old well worn domestic terminal complete with viewing area, not that we had any time to go up to the deck. Personally though old and cramped I prefer the old terminal to the new one, which is basically a glorified shopping mall with dreadful views and low ceilings. Below are some shots from Christchurch:
Our next stop was at the top of the South Island, at Origin Pacific's main base Nelson (NSN). They at the time operated out of their own terminal which also was their main hangar. You can see in the below picture the main terminal on the left and the Origin Pacific terminal/hangar on the right with 2 J31s and 1 J41 outside it.
At Nelson we changed aircraft to the Jetstream 41 ZK-JSM for the long haul up to Auckland. Origin Pacific itself lasted until 2006 following a tough couple of years when Qantas' JetConnect subsidiary withdrew the code-sharing it had been undertaking with the regional losing it 60% of its business.
After a couple of days on standby in Auckland we were able to fly out for the UK. It was a sad way to leave but we'd be back three years later. Below are some shots from Auckland taken at the time. The operators have changed a bit, as has the international terminal. Note the United 747-400 and Garuda A330:
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