“May the wind under your wings bear you where the sun sails and the moon walks.”

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The Franz Josef helipad
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Helicopter rules.

During our stay in Franz Josef, we had the choice between a glacier hike and a helicopter ride. I opted for the helicopter ride since I’d never been in one before. It was one of my favorite activities on the whole tour.

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The helicopter landed about midway through the ride so we could get out in the snow
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Helicopter selfie

As you can see from the pictures, the views from the helicopter were simple breathtaking. We saw Mts. Cook and Tasman, two of the highest peaks in New Zealand. Mt. Cook is the highest at 12,316 feet. We also saw three glaciers: Fox, Franz Josef and Tasman.

Enjoy the pictures today and more tomorrow.

Title quote: J.R.R. Tolkien

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View from the helicopter
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View from the helicopter
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View from the helicopter
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View from the helicopter
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Glacier view from the helicopter
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Glacier closeup
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View from the helicopter
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View from the helicopter
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View from the helicopter
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View from the helicopter
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View from the helicopter
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View from the helicopter
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View from the helicopter
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View from the helicopter
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View from the helicopter
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View from the helicopter
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View from the helicopter
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View of Franz Josef from the helicopter
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View from the helicopter
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View from the helicopter – see the helicopter’s shadow?
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My helicopter ride was delayed, so I had this double-decker bacon sandwich in their cafe while I waited. That’s winning at life, friends.

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