25 Aug 2020

100 years since first flight crossed Cook Strait

From Checkpoint, 6:19 pm on 25 August 2020

One hundred years ago today a small bi-plane made the first air crossing of the often treacherous Cook Strait.

The Canterbury Aviation Company's successful mission was a major milestone in New Zealand aviation.

The journey from Christchurch to Trentham took a total of seven hours, including stops in Kaikōura and Blenheim.


Today, a re-enactment took place to mark the centennial, as well as tea and scones at the Marlborough Aero Club in Omaka.

Our reporter Tracy Neal was there.