Helicopter ride over the glacier.

Today we went on a helicopter. They told us when we checked in that they had bad news and we thought that the helicopter ride was cancelled. But luckily it wasn’t, it was just that they couldn’t go all the way up to the top of the mountain- it was too windy.

We went for a 30 min helicopter ride up to the glacier, landed, had a play in the snow and then flew back down again.

It was really nice and Henry stayed awake the whole time this time.  

After that we went for a walk because it was a glorious sunny day. We went for a 2km hike to a lake, had some hot chocolate and a nanny biscuit (shortbread) and then hiked 2km back to the car.

Henry was so good today he walked nearly the whole way! He was a nightmare going to sleep last night so I thought he was going to be really tired and whingy today but he has had one of his better days.

 When we got back be quickly changed and went to the hot pools that they had across the street. It was so lovely. Three different pools, 36,38 and 40 degrees. Nice.

 We have just had some dinner and it is sleepy time again. The days goes so quickly! We are halfway done here in New Zealand. Then it is Australia and it feels like we are nearly finished this adventure. When we planned it, it felt like we had so much time, but now five months down the line I wish we could keep going for a second lap.

 Oh well that is another adventure maybe just me and Stephen when we are old and grey.

Getting ready to go up in the air.
Getting ready to go up in the air.
The view. It was about 20 degrees today in the sun down "on the ground".
The view. It was about 20 degrees today in the sun down “on the ground”.
The mountains
The mountains
It was a constant stream of helicopters landing on the glacier.
It was a constant stream of helicopters landing on the glacier.
It was so white , it was blue
It was so white , it was blue
Henry was awake the whole ride and he loved it when we landed on top of the snow.
Henry was awake the whole ride and he loved it when we landed on top of the snow.
Here we are Team Wines, landed on top of the glacier.
Here we are Team Wines, landed on top of the glacier.
Snowball fight.
Snowball fight.
Someone asked if Henry never seen snow before. We laughed and said that he is Norwegian.
Someone asked if Henry never seen snow before. We laughed and said that he is Norwegian.
Why does kids always have to eat the snow?
Why does kids always have to eat the snow?
Snow angles
Snow angels
My little snow angle.
My little snow angel.
And down we go again
And down we go again

 

We found this beautiful walk up in the rainforest. We walked, run, collected sticks, climbed and played hide and seek.
We found this beautiful walk up in the rainforest. We walked, run, collected sticks, climbed and played hide and seek.

Henry got help up the steepest hills.
Henry got help up the steepest hills.
This is the picnic stop
This is the picnic stop
He found a walking stick and turned into an old man
He found a walking stick and turned into an old man
A historical church at the end of the water.
A historical church at the end of the water.
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