The rain is a distant memory, sunshine all around

Trip Start Mar 06, 2013
Trip End Apr 04, 2013

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Queenstown, NZ
Dunedin, NZ

Flag of New Zealand  , Otago,
Friday, March 22, 2013

Sadly, due to the rain last weekend, we are not spending a rest day in Wanaka. Therefore we were up before dawn to get ready for today's flight. We did take a moment to walk down to the lake and enjoy the rising sun on the hills and some bands of low clouds tracing paths through the valley.

We were tasked with getting ourselves by some scenic route to Taieri Airport, just on the north end of Dunedin. We decided we should go take a look at Queenstown and picked our way through the mountains to fly down the lake and over the city. A layer of clouds over the lake obscured much of the waterline but we did get a peak at the paragliders combing the hill above town. Bungee Bridge (the origin of bungee jumping) was also in the clear. 

We then realized we were about to be late (again) to Taieri and flew straight to the airport. This included crossing the Lammermoor--sans Lucia. (obscure opera reference for my music friends)

Approaching Taieri we were made aware that one runway was closed due to an aircraft that had gone through a fence. Not a good thing to hear. Fortunately everyone was just fine but the Safari ended for one group of the Borneo Pirates team when their twin Comanche was stopped only after exiting the runway, crashing through a fence and into the field beyond.

Once everything was sorted out and the errant plane removed we headed off to our next stop, Timaru. This was the competition leg for the day but after our experience with the previous competition leg, we decided it was just fine to ignore the route and check points and just have a nice flight up the coast, mostly at 600'. The weather was fine, the view was lovely and we were the only aircraft in sight!

As an added bonus, we passed Moeraki Beach where the giant silicone nodules are exposed. These curious round boulders are visible from the air and something I had wanted to see. I need to go back and see them more closely one day!

We arrived in Timaru to enjoy a lovely, warm end of the afternoon chatting with our fellow travelers and enjoying the bar at the Aero Club. 

We are still horribly behind in reviewing the avalanche of pictures and video we've been taking the last two days. Look for more updates as we have time to review and process them!
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George on

Oh boy I understand about keeping up with blogs and photos!

Doug B. on

Trip of a lifetime. I'm flying vicariously through you guys! Good job on your blog. I'm not quite sure Doedo's camera stick is NZ approved camera accessory...... Functional yes, intuitive yes, weird looking yes..

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