|Greymouth Evening Star, 20 December 1968|
|Timetable Effective 20 December 1968|
|Cessna 185 ZK-CKT, which flew the first South Westland-Hokitika skiplane service at Fox Glacier. Photographer unknown.|
|The Skiplane timetable effective 27 May 1969 - 12 October 1969|
|Timetable Effective 13 October 1969 - 1 February 1970|
On the 5th of June 1970 the DC-3 finally bowed out of services to the West Coast and Hokitika, for a time, lost its one plane service to Wellington. This meant all passengers for the capital now had to fly on the increased Sunday to Friday Friendship service to Christchurch where they transhipped to Boeing and Viscount services to Wellington or other centres. The skiplane service continued to meet all NAC services at Hokitika, albeit when there were passengers wanting to fly. Over the holiday periods NAC operated Saturday services to Hokitika and the skiplane service connected with these flights as well.
|The meeting of the air services... NAC Friendship ZK-NAF and Mount Cook Air Services' Cessna 185 ZK-COH at Hokitika. As there is no DC-3 present it was either taken after the 5th of June 1970 or, if before that, on a Sunday.|
The normal aircraft used for the service was Fox Glacier based Cessna A185E Skywagon ZK-COH (c/n 185-1009) with it ferrying to Franz Josef as needed or the Franz Josef based Cessna 185 ZK-CKT. Occasionally other aircraft were used. One of the pilots on the service noted in his logbook that two Cessna 185s, ZK-CKP and ZK-CKT operated flights NM101/102 from Franz Josef to Hokitika and back to Franz Josef on the 21st of August 1969, commenting “there must have been passengers that day.” At times, over the peak summer season, De Havilland 89B Dominie ZK-BCP was also used on the Glaciers-Hokitika service.
|Above, one of the mainstays of the air service, Cessna 185 ZK-COH at Franz Josef in December 1970. Photo D A Walker. Below, the larger de Havilland 89 Dominie ZK-BCP which was used for larger loads is seen here at Franz Josef.|
|Timetable : Winter 1970|
|The final timetable - Summer 1970-1971|