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Our Aircrafts

With the ability to reach any coastal destination within an 800km reach, our de Havilland Beaver Float Plane can fly you to where you need to be quickly and effectively while giving you an experience of a lifetime. Our float plane can seat up to 8 passengers and operates 7 days a week, during daylight hours.

ZK-AMA Aotearoa II

Specifications

Length/Height: 10m (32.81 ft) / 3.18m (10.43ft)
Wingspan: 14.67 m (48.13 ft)
Power: 450 hp
Maximum Speed: 137 knots (253.7 kph)
Maximum Operating Altitude: 3000m (9842.52ft)
In Production: 1947-1967
Capacity: 7 passengers (plus pilot)

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What is so special about ZK-AMA?

Seaplanes were once the epitome of glamorous air travel in Aotearoa. Seventy-five years ago, a Tasman Empire Airways Limited (TEAL) flying boat named Aotearoa and registered ZK-AMA took off from the Waitemata Harbour bound for Sydney, Australia, New Zealand's first international flight of its kind, which would pioneer international air travel in the South Pacific. Seaplane flights continued to operate on the Waitemata Harbour under various companies until 1989.

Fast forward to today and our eight-seater 1961 de Havilland Beaver seaplane - named Aotearoa II and registered ZK-AMA in honour of its 1940 predecessor can be seen taking off and landing in Auckland Harbour.

Developed soon after the Second World War, Canada's de Havilland company built more than 1600 of these planes until 1967. Auckland Seaplanes' DHC-2 Beaver was built in 1961 and was bought in Vancouver, Canada where it had been used for years by its owner to fly a short hop to his fishing lodge making the second Beaver in the world with the least amount of flight time.

The seaplane has been described as a "half-tonne, flying, pickup truck" capable of setting down on land, water, or snow with its powerful single engine giving it formidable short take-off and landing capability as well as no noise intrusion.

WKA

Specifications

Length/Height: 10m (32.81 ft) / 3.18m (10.43ft)
Wingspan: 14.67 m (48.13 ft)
Power: 450 hp
Maximum Speed: 137 knots (253.7 kph)
Maximum Operating Altitude: 3000m (9842.52ft)
In Production: 1947-1967
Capacity: 7 passengers (plus pilot)

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Our second aircraft WKA was build in 1965 and was bought in the US in 2015. It was owned previously for over 20 years by one owner and used it in the lakes in the mid-western US and southern Canada.

It is in pristine condition and with its amphibious landing gear allows us to access land based airports as well as water based locations.

It’s registration WKA is a reference to the Maori word WAKA, which means canoe or vessel. The Maori used their wakas to travel to New Zealand and they were the first vessels on the Auckland Harbour.