Since the closure of RNZAF Base Wigram, the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) always flies to Christchurch International Airport CHC when required to visit the city. There are regular RNZAF flights between the main centres of New Zealand.
With the development of Antarctic scientific expeditions, since the 1950s Christchurch Airport has been the base for all Antarctic flights operated by the United States Navy, the United States Air Force.
Rongotai Airport WLG started with a grass runway in November 1929. The airport opened in 1935, but was closed down due to safety reasons on 27 September 1947 (grass surface often became unusable during winter months). During the closure, Paraparaumu Airport, 35 miles north of Wellington, was Wellington’s airport, and became the country’s busiest airport in 1949.
The most popular US city New York is bursting with sights, sounds and a character that’s like nowhere else. The sidewalks are bustling day and night, whilst yellow cabs fill the streets and cosmopolitan restaurants and bars buzz with life and excitement.
Tourist attractions abound with well-known sites such as the Empire State Building, the 911 Memorial, Times Square, the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and Central Park always drawing in the crowds. Another one to try is the High Line, a disused railway that’s been turned in to a relaxing greenspace which you can enjoy whilst taking in the amazing views of the city from above.
For the best views of the city, there are many options. The Empire State Building has to have the most popular viewing deck, giving you a full 360 view of the city. However the Rockefeller Center is our recommended one to try, it boasts much clearer 360 degree views, and is much more spacious, giving you the chance to really appreciate the views. For a different perspective, take the Staten Island Ferry and not only take in great views of the Statue of Liberty but take in the full New York Skyline in all its glory.
Visiting a Broadway show is also must, and with a wealth of theatres to choose from, you’ll find something suitable. Time Square’s ticket office is a great place to get discounted tickets, or if you head to the theatres box office the day of the show, you can get yourself a bargain.
If culture is more your thing then there’s a museum for everything. The American Museum of Natural History is always a popular choice. For art lovers the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum and the Museum of Modern Art are the places to head.
For a truly unique experience, bike the Brooklyn Bridge, wander through Grand Central to stand in owe at the world’s largest station, or take a roller-coaster ride at Coney Island.