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Yes, Its Summer Now

Stewart Island Scenic Flight

At the end of January I posted about our lack of a summer. But am now pleased to say Summer has arrived, and the last couple of weeks have been glorious. So much so that today Iris & I decided to shout our selves and some old friends visiting from Switzerland a flight around the bottom of Stewart Island. I needed photos for the Stewart Island Place Names page on our web site, and of course a fine clear day would be best.

We chartered our local air service, Stewart Island Flights, and  Raymond, who is their head pilot arrived in a Cessna 185 at 1130.  We took off from Ryans Creek airfield, and flew down the east side of the Island, past Port Adventure, Lords River, into Port Pegasus and out again through South Passage, around Earnest Island, Broad Head, across Broad Bay to South Cape, and then up the west side of the Island, past Easy Harbour, Doughboy Bay, Mason Bay and then inland at Little Hellfire, as it was getting a bit hazy further North to be good  for the camera, down the Freshwater Valley, Paterson Inlet, and home.

90 Minutes of pure magic, and something Iris & I  would recommend to anyone.

So the slide show is just some of the 6 gigabytes of photos I took

Stewart Island Scenic Flight

Our Flight Path

Stewart Island Scenic Flight

Enjoying the local Koru Lounge before departure

Stewart Island Scenic Flight

Our plane arrives

Stewart Island Scenic Flight

Looking down on the Ulva Island Landing Bay

Stewart Island Scenic Flight

“The Neck”

Stewart Island Scenic Flight

Laura’s Leg (Bay) one of may odd names around Stewart Island

Stewart Island Scenic Flight

Chew Tobacco Bay, 47 Degree South Latitude

Stewart Island Scenic Flight

Oyster Cove, Port Adventure. Site of the first commercial oyster fishery on Stewart Island

Stewart Island Scenic Flight

Lords River. Named after a Sydney convict turned merchant

Stewart Island Scenic Flight

The Brothers, with Gog & Magog on the skyline looking down on Port Pegasus

Stewart Island Scenic Flight

The Tin Range, site of early tin mining, largely unsuccessful, but part of the Islands colourful past

Stewart Island Scenic Flight

“The Orphan” (rock) with Whale Passage, the north entrance to Port Pegasus

Stewart Island Scenic Flight

North Arm, Port Pegasus, with the Deceit Peaks on the skyline

Stewart Island Scenic Flight

Southern Port Pegasus, 

Stewart Island Scenic Flight

The Settlement, Broad Bay. An old Maori “Kaika” and a later attempt at shore whaling

Stewart Island Scenic Flight

South Cape, as far south as we get

Stewart Island Scenic Flight

Flour Cask Bay … another odd name

Stewart Island Scenic Flight

Beautiful remote sandy bays on an Iron Bound Coast

Stewart Island Scenic Flight

Easy Harbour, a safe haven on a wild windward shore

Stewart Island Scenic Flight

An Iron Bound Shore

Stewart Island Scenic Flight

Doughboy Bay

Stewart Island Scenic Flight

Mason Bay Island and “The Gutter”

Stewart Island Scenic Flight

“Kilbride” site of an early farming attempt

Stewart Island Scenic Flight

North Mason Heads, and Little Hellfire Beach beyond

Stewart Island Scenic Flight

Upper Island Hill, Twin Lakes and the upper Freshwater basin.

Stewart Island Scenic Flight

Freshwater river mouth, Mudflat Island and Paterson Inlet

Stewart Island Scenic Flight

The Village, and home