Olivia Henwood (New Zealand)

Olivia Henwood is based at Te Kowhai Airfield on the North Island of New Zealand.

Quick pit stop at Taumaruanui on the way to the mountains

I am 20 years old and am a university student. I am learning to fly in my parents’ 1957 Super Cub and am currently half way towards obtaining my Private Pilot’s Licence.

Touch down on my first solo flight, January 2010

I am loving the challenge and sense of achievement you get from gaining new skills in the aircraft, as well as meeting other interesting and enthusiastic pilots!

On a scenic flight with dad to the volcanic plateau of the Central North Island

I love to fly and am lucky to share my parents’ interest and have access to a great aircraft and instructor (dad!). I enjoy taking in the beautiful New Zealand scenary and how much you can see from the air.

The beautiful blue crater lake at the summit of Mt. Ruapehu, at 9000ft – a much easier way to get to the top!

We are just over the hill from the West Coast, and it is a favourite flying destination on a perfect summer’s day.

Looking south back towards the crater lakes

I think it is time we got another plane otherwise dad won’t be able to come with us haha!!

Mum and I on our first flight together after she got her licence

I love reading about all the other girls flying adventures and hope to fly to some amazing places one day soon.

Cody and I on the way back from the beach in the DHC-1 Chipmunk

Thanks very much and I look forward to being a part of your group, and will hopefully meet some of you in my travels!


Olivia Henwood


  • Olivia Henwood
    Posted at 23:00h, 14 January Reply

    Hi Lisa,

    No I wasn’t in that picture but my mum Neroli was. She got the shirts for the New Zealand taildragger ladies. I have one too but am yet to get a photo of me wearing it!


  • Lisa Martin
    Posted at 19:09h, 09 January Reply

    Good job Olivia! Are you one of the New Zealand LLT crew we saw pictures of earlier this year? It sure is gorgeous there. Your glacial lakes are a little bit different color than ours. It’s neat to see.

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