Thursday, 24 March 2011

Come fly with me

We woke up to blue skies and beautiful weather this morning so we decided to do the scenic flying already today, as they say the weather won't last during the weekend. Went for a quick lunch in town, and then we got picked up at the hotel at 13.30 for an afternoon flight across to Milford Sound, the World Heritage National Park.

We hired our own private plane, a 6-seater Cessna 185, and were so lucky to have perfect flying conditions today - absolutely no wind at all and sunshine all the way, not a cloud in the sky. It took us 35 minutes to get over to the small airfield at Milford Sounds and we had the most spectacular views on the way. This area of NZ is absolutely amazing! Oaw!

At Milford Sound we boarded boarded a boat that took us on a 1 1/2 h cruise along the fiord that is Milford Sound. We saw waterfalls, sunbathing fur seals and the Miter Peak amongst other things, it was so very beautiful. Totally breath taking...
Apparently the fiords here in NZ are even deeper than the famous fiords of Norway!

After the cruise, we returned to Queenstown in our Cessna - another 35 minutes of great views over the glaciers and mighty mountains. We also flew through "45 South", which is exactly half way between the Equator and the South Pole.
What a fantastic day!

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