Story: East Coast region

Transport: plane over Gisborne, 1936 (1st of 2)

Transport: plane over Gisborne, 1936

Gisborne had a long wait for a rail connection – and the aeroplane came first. A scheduled air service to Napier started in 1935. This DH84 aircraft, owned and operated by East Coast Airways, was photographed over the city the following year. The rail link was opened in 1942.

Using this item

Tairawhiti Museum, Te Whare Taonga O Te Tairawhiti
Reference: 461-4

Permission of Tairawhiti Museum, PO Box 716, Gisborne, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

All images & media in this story

How to cite this page:

Monty Soutar, 'East Coast region - Transport and communication', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 6 July 2022)

Story by Monty Soutar, updated 1 Mar 2015