Our flight took us from Tekapo, right over the mountains - Franz Josef Glacier, Fox Glacier, Mt Cook and Tasman Glcier down to Glentanner Park. We basically didn't follow the blue or the red line on the map, as we chartered the whole plane, we could choose our own route.
We were on an organised coach tour of New Zealand, and the coach driver arranged for those of us who wanted to take this flight to board in Tekapo and he drove the rest of the passengers down to Glentanner Park to pick us up.
We take off from the little airstrip near the lake and initially the flight goes over the beautiful turquoise waters of the lake. From up here you really can appreciate the clear bright colours of the lake and its little islands.
We really couldn't have wished for better weather for this flight, the sun is shining and there is a lovely blue sky. I am sure the flight wouldn't be quite so spectacular in grey dull weather. Talk about lucky!
We also stop at the Park Visitors Centre for a short walk in the park.
Mount Cook National Park encompasses 22 mountains over the height of 3000 metres, including New Zealand's highest mountain - Mt Cook, which is 3755 metres high.
From the small airstrip near Tekapo we board a 16 seater plane, where everybody has a window seat. We sit in single seats, seven on each side plus two in the front (including the pilot).
We fly right in amongst the mountains, it feels like we are so near that we can just reach out and touch them. I am amazed at just how low he can / is allowed to fly.
Talk about spectacular. I am quite overwhelmed. This flight is - in my opinion - even better than the flight we took over Mount Everest and the Himalayas some years ago.
I am so captivated, I don't know which side to look, to take photos or to just awe! I am terrified of missing something by looking through the wrong window at the srong time!
We hit a couple of air pockets which make the plane drop rapidly - leaving your stomach up above in your throat. Nothing can detract from the fantastic scenery below though.
it was a clear bright sunny day. remembered that there was not a single cloud in sight and i actually ended having a miserable headache in the evening ! it was that hot !
Godley River feeds Lake Tekapo with glacier water as it snakes its way along the bottom of the valley, making a beautiful pattern on the landscape.
We fly back towards Glentanner Park and over Tasman River. Unfortunately, this wonderful flight is coming to an end - but what memories and photographs. I am really glad we did this flight!