West Coast

A few days before I went to Fiordland, with the help of a friend, I worked on a jigsaw, first one I’d done for a long time. They’re relaxing and for some reason very gripping.

I chose this one partly because I like the style of these early travel posters and partly because I like these de Havilland Fox Moths. Even though built in the 30’s there is one of these at Mandeville near here, in perfect condition.

Capable of carrying 4 passengers, in a cabin separate from the pilot’s, one of these was used to start one of the very first passenger services in NZ. Surprisingly it was on the West Coast.

Te Anau, Fiordland

Well it’s a miracle. This is the first time that I’ve managed to write a posting to my blog from an internet cafe. Not so difficult at all. Involves loading a camera card into a reader and transferring onto the blogging software which is held in a remote computer, in my case, I think that it is in San Francisco. I could be wrong about this, it is the USA anyway.
What a special place Te Anau is, hard up against the vast wilderness of Fiordland National Park. I’m here on my own for 3 nights. One slight downside of trips like this for me is that I tend to worry about whether or not I will be able to find any new photographs. The trip costs money and it’s always good to find a new image or two that I’ll be able to sell.
At 2 o’clock today I’m hiring a water taxi ($20) to take me over to a beach on the other side of the lake, right behind where the helicopter is. Once dropped off there I’ll walk around the edge of the lake back to my motel. It should take about 2 and a half hours.