[travel|photos] New Zealand travelog recap – Kaikoura to Blenheim, plus airplanes

On August 5th, we drove from Kaikoura, stopping at Ohau Point, then on to Blenheim, where we visited the Omaka Aviation Heritage Center.

The countryside was very pretty.

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The day’s driving Flickr set.

We stopped at the aircraft museum, which is basically Peter Jackson’s personal collection of WWI (and earlier) planes and related memorabilia. Many of them still fly. Jackson apparently has an entire factory in Wellington devoted to building historically accurate replicas as well as restoring originals. Oddly, New Zealand health and safety regulations don’t permit some of these aircraft to be flown as originally designed, due to unmuffled engines, lack of working brakes, and so forth. There is no exemption for historical equipment.

Some very cool stuff.

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The aviation museum Flickr set.

Our route of travel the first part of that day. And the overall maps of the trip.

Tomorrow, Wellington.


Photo © 2013, Joseph E. Lake, Jr., B. Lake, and Lisa Costello.

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12 thoughts on “[travel|photos] New Zealand travelog recap – Kaikoura to Blenheim, plus airplanes

  1. Mira Ahipara says:

    The rugged coastal line of Kaikoura reminds me of the coast of South Oregon.:)
    It looks like you know well your way around. Jay, is this your first visit to New Zealand?

    1. Jay says:

      Second, actually. And yes, NZ and OR have a lot of similarities. 🙂

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