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What to do when staying in Queenstown gets boring?

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If you are overdone by hiking, bungee jumping, paragliding or jetboat blasting, there still remains one thing to do when you are in Queenstown: Take a little scenic flight.

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Starting up the Kawarau River...

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... and then back south over Frankton.

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Passing Queenstown CBD, ...

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... which is a slight way down from Frankton and the airport, ...

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... out to Lake Wakatipu.

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The calm village of Glenorchy ...

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... is the gateway to some movie stages of the Lord of the Rings, ...

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... which should be visible from Lake Sylvan quite well.

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It needs some 10000 ft altitude to cross the southern alps here...

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... but finally we drop down to Martyns Bay. Pardon, Martins Bay.

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Now we descend further down this magnificent coast...

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... until a gap to the left. Altitude 1500 gives a little thrill...

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... as we enter Milford Sound.

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The Elephant.

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The Lion.

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The airport.

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No worries, ...

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... there is enough parking space next to the colleague. And famous Mitre Peak waits in the background.

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A great tour helped by the well informed guide pointing out the many landmarks on the way.

Thanks for renaming the Bay too, if only for a few moments!

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23 hours ago, lifejogger said:

Great post Gerold.  Beautiful scenery and thanks for the narration!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you John - my pleasure!

 

23 hours ago, schtroumf said:

Very beautiful these imagesB)

The scenery is surely one of Orbx´ highlights. Always good to fly there.

 

22 hours ago, Iain Emms said:

Great set of shots. 

cheers 

Iain 

Thank you Iain!

 

21 hours ago, JOE DYGAN said:

Thanks for this beautiful and nice journey !

Cheers :D !

Now imagine one could make this in real?

 

18 hours ago, TerribleT said:

Beautiful shots and isn't it good when you land and find an AI mate?

You got the point TT. That IS a nice feeling.

 

17 hours ago, adambar said:

Outstanding shots there Gerold! :)

Thank you Adam!

 

15 hours ago, Jack Sawyer said:

That was a beautiful tour Gerold.

Thanks Jack. I know realize that one could fly these mountains much more radical, following the valleys with higher speed...

 

17 hours ago, VH-KDK said:

A great tour helped by the well informed guide pointing out the many landmarks on the way.

Thanks for renaming the Bay too, if only for a few moments!

I´ll tell that guide once I meet her.

Renaming the bay came easy to my fingers, being on this forum the initial spelling was natural.

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We did that exact flight in September last year, followed by a boat trip out to the Tasman sea then an alternate flight back to Queenstown.

Absolutely stunning

Thanks for the reminder.

Bob

 

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1 hour ago, TomJC16 said:

Beautiful images Gerold.

The one titled the Lion is simply stunning, that reflection :wub:

Thank you Tom. I also saw that reflection and could not resist to use the v-key. Though one can´t see from this perspective why the rock is named "lion".

 

24 minutes ago, rlaycock said:

We did that exact flight in September last year, followed by a boat trip out to the Tasman sea then an alternate flight back to Queenstown.

Absolutely stunning

Thanks for the reminder.

Bob

Wow, that sounds like a dream coming true, Bob!

If you need a reminder of the alternate flight, watch here: https://orbxsystems.com/forum/topic/186797-two-highways-and-a-caravan/

 

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