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I thought I would start a thread on "interesting things and places".   A problem I have with this forum is that it tends to be grievance driven.    I would like to think most of you are out there enjoying interesting lives. 


Anyway, earlier this year I made my first return visit to NZ since the pandemic.  


The first half of the trip was a tour around the north island and the second half was visiting my favorite offspring who lives in Wellington.  

One of the best things we did was a trip on the Tasman Glacier Lake.


Fun facts about the Tasman Glacier Lake.


It is 7 km in length and has only existed since the 1970s.


The Tasman Glacier is the longest glacier in NZ and is 4km wide and 600m thick.

The glacier was a constant 28km long until the 1990s. Since 1990 the glacier has been retreating at an average of 180 meters a year.


It is estimated that the glacier will disappear in between 10 and 19 years. For this reason, we decided that we had to visit this place.  We did also book a ski plane landing and hike on the glacier but alas the weather put a stop to that.  We will do this in the next few years though whilst it is still possible.


The amazing Tasman Lake



The delicious Mrs. Octave being shown an iceberg close-up.  The brilliant woman who piloted our boat also told us about how approaching an iceberg was something that had to be done carefully and selectively.  These bergs slowly melt and this occurs more quickly above the water line, this means that as the centre of gravity changes the berg will suddenly roll over which would not be good for a little boat.   




Amazing shapes and colours.  The ice is initially blue due to compression but as it falls into the lake and decompresses it becomes white.




Close up you can see the crystalline structure






My meaty paw touching the 600-year-old ice, I even ate some.  My suggestion of supplying gin and tonic on the tour was met with enthusiasm by our skipper and tour guide.



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I did exactly what you are  doing there Just before the Christchurch earthquake. Honestly I didn't TOUCH anything but the area I stayed at was the most affected. I ate some glacier ice too. The helicopters were busy all the time and I think one had an incident on the mountain..  Nev

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Just out of interest - the Richmond bridge you show there is the oldest surviving stone arch bridge in Australia.  Built in 1825 so coming up for its 200th birthday year after next.  When I had the VFR750, one of my favourite rides was to Richmond via the Bowen Bridge, the wonderful bends over Grasstree Hill then the 4km straight with nowhere for cops to hide.  There's a beautiful grassy park where the photo is taken from which is perfect to sit with a scallop pie from the Richmond Bakery.

Richmond itself is a very pretty town with heaps of heritage stone buildings and excellent shops.  Well worth a visit.

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Some more NZ pictures




Cafe with a brilliant view (including aviation things)



The road to Aoraki Mount Cook



Th HookerValley walk (10km) 






Aoraki Mount Cook 














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Sadly, I don't have a lot of photos of where I have been. Most were on film, which are in boxes somewhere, and I was a little tardy backing up those digital photos. However, some amaziong places have included:

  • The Badlands - I was in the North Daktoa side; not quite as spectacular as the South Dakota, but largely unspoilt and nary a tourist to be found.
  • Haradchky (spelt phonetically) and surrounds - Prague Castle or someting like the. Good ol King Wenceslas' (sp?) tomb is there, but what is really interesting is when you walk back twoards the old town, there are some building from the 13th century still standing as if in a sunken living room; apparently, it shows how the ground of the city has elevated with rebuilding over the centuries and using the rubble of old buildings to build new buildings on top of. It was about 5 or 6 feet difference.
  • Lake District in the UK - most unusual rock formations"towering" into mountains.


That's all I can think of at the moment.. I know ther are a few more that are not quite well trodden.

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Nice view.


I see a couple of rocks sticking up in the grass, waiting to attack your mower blades. I also see a nice little white car growing in the tree - nearly big enough to pick.

But for the life of me I just can't make out any kangawallabats.

I'm off to see my optometrist.


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