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air plane crashs in the Tararuas

Last post 25-07-2013, 3:37 PM by achim. 2 replies.
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  •  07-04-2013, 1:08 PM 6516

    air plane crashs in the Tararuas

    Hi there!

    On bush-craft I was asked how many aircraft wrecks were in the Tararuas...

    Quoting the Tararua footprints:

    A number of plane crashes have occurred in the Tararua Ranges, generally in the frequent poor visibility. Indeed pioneer aviators, Hood and Moncrieff were thought by some to have crashed in the Tararuas. During World War II and since, several aircraft on training or navigation exercises were lost, some re-discovered in quite recent years, and others yet to be found.

    Anderson-Memorial Hut is named after a pilot:

    I know of three crash sites:

    • At Angle Knob (the most famous one), the aluminium structure is visible from many places in the southern Tararuas.
      Have a look at Pia's trip report at
      After a short period of absence, it it is there again...
      It is also a geo-cache Cool
    • At the east slope of Maungahuka a tigermoth plane crashed in the 1940s. I've seen location details floating around in Maungahuka Hut, but wasn't there. For a picture see
    • And finally I've spotted a wreck on the Tararua Recreation Map (003 438) close to Mick (off from Otaki), 200W of 698
      see Tararua Footprints 15.1

    A Forest&Bird Group Newsletter counts 12 sites, see page 3 of

    There are plenty of reasons for going into the mountains - let's go!

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  •  09-04-2013, 12:22 PM 6520 in reply to 6516

    Re: air plane crashs in the Tararuas

    There is one in the bush if you descend into the Otaki from the north end of Crawford.  Also, the rotor blades at Carkeek (not sure if the 12 includes helos).

     Andersons hut was the first built from airdropped material.  Oliver Anderson died in Fiordland though.

  •  25-07-2013, 3:37 PM 6541 in reply to 6516

    Re: air plane crashs in the Tararuas

    many aircraft crashes are listed here, incl. rough locations:

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