I was very fortunate to be able to travel down to Queenstown on Saturday 30 August for a family celebration. We flew down on one of Air New Zealand's new Airbuses ZK-OXD, under grey skies with the gathering threat of an Easterly storm.
But what a difference a few hundred kilometres makes! - nearing Queenstown under a brilliant sky and with the distinctive winglet over spectacular snow capped mountains.
Back to Auckland today, 2 September, leaving from Queenstown on Jetstar's Airbus VH-VGH. That is Coronet Peak in the background.
I then had an hour long magic carpet ride! - right up the Southern Alps withe the sun in perfect position and a window seat on the starboard side. This is a view showing the Franz Josef Glacier at the bottom left and Mount Cook somewhere in the top right at about 2 o'clock from the centre of the photo I think. Can anyone point out exactly which peak is Mt Cook? (I guess all readers know that you can enlarge the photos by clicking on them).