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Re: South Island tour

Postby morrigan » Sun Aug 23, 2015 6:09 am

We also enjoyed a favorite Kiwi pastime, a bit of bush walking. Stop tittering you down the back! Same as the Aussies we refer to forest as bush.

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The pipe running from left to center is a former town supply pipe:
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It doesn't pay to stray off the path, the bush lawyer vines will trip you up something terrible! You can also see how people can get easily lost in the dense undergrowth:
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Re: South Island tour

Postby morrigan » Sun Aug 23, 2015 6:15 am

Hmm hasn't been many winged things!

Better stop at Wigram south of Christchurch and visit the Museum at the former Airforce base.
Wigram was also the first Airbase established in NZ with only the Tower and hangars remaining as preserved building and the home of the museum.
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Model created by a soldier in the trenches:
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War booty:
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Merlin Mk 25 from RNZAF Mosquito, one of many engines on display with internal revealed:
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Re: South Island tour

Postby morrigan » Sun Aug 23, 2015 6:22 am

Link Trainer for practicing instrument flying:
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WWII Pacific maintenance scene, this was one of my favorite displays as my late Grandfather served with a service unit in 1944-45 in the Solomon Islands working on P-40's and Corsairs:
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Avro 626:
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Lockheed Hudson:
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VIP C-47, this one transported the Queen when she was on tour in 1953.
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Re: South Island tour

Postby morrigan » Sun Aug 23, 2015 6:27 am

Our home grown Pacific Aerospace CT4 Airtrainer:
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Sopwith Pup replica:
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Replica of our very first Military plane, its career was short after the one and only 'Airforce pilot' took a young lady for a joyride instead of local dignitaries and was promptly dismissed.
It was then shipped to Britian in 1914 to help with the war effort.
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Re: South Island tour

Postby morrigan » Sun Aug 23, 2015 6:29 am

Vampire T-11, this one was damaged during the Christchurch quakes:
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There was also a Mosquito simulator, we passed as it was pricey for only 5 minutes play!
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Re: South Island tour

Postby morrigan » Sun Aug 23, 2015 6:35 am

And time to head to home :(

Pushing back past a busy regional ramp:
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Just for Casper:
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One last glimpse of the scenery:
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Souvenirs; including a Box Brownie rummaged out of a small town second hand shop. The Brownie seems to be in good working order after a gentle clean and I'm now waiting on some film to arrive :D
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Re: South Island tour

Postby Gundog » Sun Aug 23, 2015 7:55 am

You covered a lot of ground there Morrigan! When my sis visited my other sis at Christmas, they did only half of what you covered and that was nearly 2000 miles of driving! I'll file some of those sights away for my itinerary in 2017.
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Re: South Island tour

Postby corelki2005 » Sun Aug 23, 2015 7:57 am

Did you visit Hobbitland?

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Re: South Island tour

Postby Mark » Mon Aug 24, 2015 6:05 am

Lovely set of photos Morrigan. Fabulous scenery !!
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Re: South Island tour

Postby morrigan » Mon Aug 24, 2015 10:49 am

Gundog wrote:You covered a lot of ground there Morrigan! When my sis visited my other sis at Christmas, they did only half of what you covered and that was nearly 2000 miles of driving! I'll file some of those sights away for my itinerary in 2017.



and we still didn't cover it all, still have Marlbourgh and the West Coast to see, oh well good excuse to go back for another holiday or two.
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Re: South Island tour

Postby morrigan » Mon Aug 24, 2015 10:51 am

corelki2005 wrote:Did you visit Hobbitland?

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Bits of hobbit land anyway, Twizel was used for a few scenes and Lake Pukaki became Laketown. the filming locations are scattered all over NZ.
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Re: South Island tour

Postby Mark » Mon Aug 24, 2015 4:35 pm

morrigan wrote:I was briefly let out of the car to play in the snow and make a wee snowperson. Bottle caps left behind by previous visitors were upcycled into snow person eyes:

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It must be a snow-Golum :lol:
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Re: South Island tour

Postby Betto » Wed Aug 26, 2015 1:45 pm

Lovely report.
Thank you from opposite side of the world :D
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Re: South Island tour

Postby Gundog » Wed Aug 26, 2015 5:37 pm

Just wondering. As it's a "wee" snow-person, why isn't it yellow? :laughing-rolling: :laughing-rolling:
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Re: South Island tour

Postby morrigan » Thu Aug 27, 2015 5:58 am

:laughing-rolling:
I've been forewarned about yellow snow, apparently its not pineapple flavour at all.
Pity could of made a snow minion.
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Re: South Island tour

Postby casper » Thu Aug 27, 2015 7:42 am

Hi Morrigan :)
looks like you had a wonderful holiday, stunning views and the church is amazing
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