Recently we flew down to New Plymouth on a beautiful, clear, winters day. The flight took us over some lovely King Country scenery and down the spectacular west coast. New Plymouth Airport was relatively quiet and the Controller was pleasant and helpful.
We taxied to the New Plymouth Aero Club and and parked up for a lunch stop. A few people we have spoken to lately recommended the Cafe there and we thought we would check it out.
The Cafe is owned by Jim Hickey and is situated in the main terminal building. It is called Airspresso and has some interesting aviation themed displays to enjoy while you are there. The service from the staff was friendly and efficient. The great choice of food made for slow decision making and the coffee was very good.
After refuelling we got airborne for a very cold but amazing flight around Mt Ruapehu and Mt Ngaruhoe. We managed to coax BQV to the lofty height of 10,500 ft, which is the highest we have been in her. The mountains were well covered with snow to the base and the views were stunning. The cold however was a little overwelming and we headed of to Taumarunui for a defrosting stop before the last leg home.
New Plymouth City is a great weekend destination, with lots of interesting places to see. There are some of NZs best parks, Mt Taranaki Regional Park, the fantastic Coastal walkway and historic sites.