Helicopter landing on glacier

A minute or two after we got out of our helicopter this second one came flying in. We were stood on Franz Josef Glacier. You can see the Tasman Sea to the left behind the helicopter. We were stood over 2000 metres above sea level. Back in 2013 I had booked a helicopter flight to this glacier. Staying in near back Fox Glacier township. The weather had other plans. It rained for a week. So much so it washed out a bridge on the west coast north of where we were. Needless to say my 2013 flight was cancelled. I’d been back up and down the South Island’s West Coast two or three times in the last 10 years. Finally in December 2022 I was able to get a clear day and got to land on a glacier.

Wellington Airport

Wellington Airport

There are many hills around Wellington Airport. Both on the city side and in the Miramar peninsula. I intend to explore the bays and hills of Miramar more. This photograph was taken at sunset from the Moa Point Radar Station. Also known as Palmer Head Fortress it is a great place for a picnic and some plane spotting. From here we can see a Singapore airways plane getting ready to take off. Behind the airport is Lyall Bay. The road below where I was stood is Moa Point Road.

McDonald’s Plane

McDonald's Plane

Taupo’s McDonald’s must be one of the most unique of their 34,000 locations  around the world. This Douglas DC3 aircraft sits in the car park. Personally I am  not a fan of McDonald’s and so didn’t explore inside the plane itself but I have  been reliably informed that the cockpit is still intact, although the aircraft  is decommissioned. Not only does the line for the drive through go around the  back of the plane. But there are seats inside the plane for customers. Only in  New Zealand!

Sea plane at Picton Harbour

Sea plane at Picton Harbour

Sea planes are fairly rare where I am from in England. I only remember ever seeing one in the UK and that was in Glasgow. Here in New Zealand it seems like almost all of the larger lakes and ports have a sea plane. They are mainly used by tourists for “Air Safaris”. This was taken early evening as I sat on the harbour front to watch the ferries coming in and out of the port heading across the Cook Straight to Wellington.