I left Southland late on Friday afternoon and flew via the Nevis Valley and Haast Pass. It was partly cloudy up the West Coast, but I was able to stay high and get views of Mt Cook and the other impressive peaks of the Southern Alps. For the last 20 mins I had to descend to 800 ft below cloud to get into Hokitika. Flight time 3 hours.
During the 3 day event more than 60 microlight aircraft attended, including a tiny CriCri and an old amphibian. Lots of yarns, eating and drinking, plus some local flying. The weather was very hot and muggy, something that a Southland lad is not used to.
I flew back to Wanaka on Sunday evening to camp with my family, then cruised over the Old Man Range on Monday and tracked down the Waikaia valley back to the farm.