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Some more images from the Wanaka airshow, this time a selection of aircraft from the ’40s.  I’ll start with the Supermarine Spitfire, the aeroplane that is most often used to publicise the airshow.

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Not very far from Mount Cook village is the road up to Ball Hut and the Tasman Glacier.  We didn’t try to drive past the car park, instead walking up the quite high moraine wall at the foot of the glacier lake.  After a fairly easy track followed by a bit of a scramble, we were on top of the wall with a view along the lake.

Tasman glacier terminal lake

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Fokker D-8

Every second Easter, Wanaka is host to an airshow which has become very well known.  This year the Royal NZ Air Force was celebrating its 75th anniversary, so they had a significant presence.  I got quite a few good shots so I’ll present them in several posts, starting with the real old-timers.

Tiger Moth

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Aoraki sunrise

We headed for Wanaka over Easter, stopping on the way down from Nelson at Mt Cook.  It was a long trip, well over 8 hours, and we were keen to get there before dark.  We made it, driving up the valley towards Mt Cook village as the sun was casting shadows while lighting up Aoraki:

Aoraki

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Tarakohe cement works

The Tarakohe cement works in Golden Bay shut down shortly after we arrived in Nelson, back in 1988. Now it is gradually morphing into the landscape, a fascinating process. Here is the main structure:

Tarakohe cement works

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We were lucky that the annual rodeo was held on the weekend of our camera club field trip to Reefton.  A family occasion, the rodeo had good access for spectators and plenty of action.  For example, the bull riding:

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Reefton

The trip to Reefton involved a visit to some of its ancient monuments.  A yard full of machinery: trucks, cars, tractors, logging equipment, you name it.  Here’s an example: what was once a Thames Trader truck, now slowly being transformed into a work of art.

Reefton

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On a trip to Dunedin we stopped over at Shag Point for a few days.  Less than an hour north of Dunedin, this is a wonderful spot.  Scenery, wildlife, history, geology – Shag Point has it all.

Each morning I managed to get out well before sunrise.  The results were worth the effort:

Shag Point

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We’ve just returned from a trip south, spending a night in Christchurch on the way home. The city was so different from my last visit, a couple of weeks before the February earthquake. We left the car close to the apartment we lived in, in Park Terrace.  That building seem to have survived quite well and was inhabited.

Latest news: my friend Terry has just sent me a link to a video taken along the route of the bus tours, with a very good commentary by Warwick Isaacs, Demolition MAnager for CERA (Chch Earthquake Recovery Authority). Long, but well worth watching.

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A couple of weeks ago the local Nelson Camera Club hosted visitors from other clubs from the West Coast to Marlborough.  There was an early morning field trip, to Nelson’s Boulder Bank and the Lighthouse:

Nelson Boulder Bank

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