|NAC's Electra timetable, effective August 1948|
For the next three years the Electras gave Northland a sterling service. Initially a single Monday to Saturday flight was operated from Auckland’s Whenuapai airport to Whangarei, Kaikohe and Kaitaia and return but by mid-1948 two Electra flights were operating the route each day as well as an additional Auckland-Whangarei return flight. From late-1949 de Havilland DH89 Dominies were used more frequently on the Northland route but the Electra was often used on the service until the 13th of May 1950.
On the 15th of May 1950 NAC introduced the larger Lockheed L18 Lodestar on its services to Kaikohe and Kaitaia with a Monday to Saturday single flight schedule. The first Lodestar flight was flown by ZK-AOT, Korohia. The Lodestar was unable to use Whangarei’s Onerahi Airport and so Whangarei was served by a de Havilland Dominie service from Auckland. The Northern News reported that the Lodestar was considered to be the best small line aircraft in the world… and the fastest and most serviceable aircraft possessed by the Corporation. The new service promised some real benefits for Kaikohe including an increased seating capacity from the Dominie’s six to fifteen, an increased seat allocation between Kaikohe and Auckland, from four to eight, an increase in freight carrying capacity and a reduction in the time of the flight to Auckland from 70 minutes to 45 minutes. This was the actual flying time but the "time-saving" was considerably increased because the Lodestar flew direct to Auckland, consequently the time formerly spent at Whangarei was saved.
|A Dominie (left) and Lockheed Lodestar ZK-AOT at Kaikohe. Source : Northern News, 18 May 1950|
Introduced at the same time was a Whangarei-Kaikohe feeder service that was operated by Dominies. The Dominie arrived at Kaikohe from Whangarei at 12.10 p.m. with the Lodestar arriving from Auckland at 12.20 p.m. Passengers from Whangarei could tranship to the Lodestar which then flew on to Kaitaia. Meanwhile the Dominie pilot headed into town for lunch as the Dominie waited at Kaikohe for the return of the Lodestar from Kaitaia, and passengers for Whangarei to tranship. The Lodestar then returned direct to Auckland, leaving Kaikohe at 1.45 p.m. and arriving at Whenuapai at 2.30 p.m. The Whangarei-Kaikohe feeder service did not last long and was dropped from the NAC timetable in 1951.
|Dominies for service through Whangarei, Lodestars to Kaikoke and Kaitaia. NAC timetable, effective 18 December 1950|
|NAC's Northlander DC-3 service, from timetable effective 17 December 1951|
|Northern News, 17 September 1951|
|The last time Kaikohe appeared on the NAC timetable, effective 8 June 1970|
|Northern News, 20 August 1970|
|The Chairman of the NAC, Mr A F Gilkison (left) presenting the framed photograph of a DC-3 to the Mayor of Kaikohe, (Mr P M E Williams). Northern News, 24 August 1970|