A South African Airways flight touched down in the South Island just before noon today in a first for Christchurch Airport.
South African Airways (SAA) flight SA2984 arrived in Christchurch from Johannesburg at around 11.45am, Stuff reports.
The nearly 13-hour repatriation flight was carrying 300 New Zealanders returning home from South Africa.
"Another first for Christchurch Airport! Today we welcome to the South Island our first aircraft from @flysaa," the airport said on Twitter this afternoon.
"Welcome home to the 300 Kiwi passengers returning from Johannesburg."
The A340 aircraft will return to South Africa on Thursday.