Sunday, February 21, 2010

Raglan , New Zealand

Raglan is well known for its surfing beach, my brother and sister in law often fly their plane to Raglan to have lunch. It has always been a place we would like to visit.
As a surprise my brother hired a four seater (his plane is a two seater) Piper Cherokee to take us all to Raglan for lunch. He is keeping a watchful eye on the fueler, I thought this photo was amusing as his stance is a family trait. I could also be looking at my father, he used to have the exact stance, legs crossed and hand under the chin.
everything all done and checked, it is time to start loading. I was the lucky one I got to sit in the front which meant I didn't need to get in until last , it was a very hot day and the plane was quite warm inside, until we got airborne.

Here is where we were headed.



Surprisingly Auckland is quite green, they are desperately in need of some rain.







We enjoyed a lovely lunch and a wander around this coastal town. Well worth a visit if you are in NZ. It is approx 2 1/2 hr drive from Auckland. Dotted with lovely cafes and gift shops.
Time to think about getting back to Auckland




A final check before we all pile in and make the return journey







After the most wonderful afternoon it was time to return to Ardmore (Auckland light aircraft airport)

Happy Times
j



13 comments:

Miriam said...

Lovely photographs Jean!!
How long did the flight take?

Janet said...

What a fun day you've had, it looks so wonderful from the photos.
I don't I've been to Raglan.

ranette said...

Just gorgeous! Looks fun and exciting!

Jan said...

Such a fun day!

Nedra said...

What a wonderful trip. I almost felt like I was right there along with you.

Catherine said...

What a lovely day!

Janet said...

Lucky gal. My husband would be envious because he uses any excuse to get to fly. Looks like fun.

Sue-Anne said...

Great photos from the air. Looks like perfect weather and a great day.

wishes, true and kind said...

Sounds like a wonderful afternoon!

broderie said...

jean, i am glad the 'synchronicity' was working well that day and all systems go were checked before you took off!
you have your hand under your chin in your profile picture!!!!

Daniëlle said...

Hey, that looks great! I made a small trip in such a plane 20 years ago and I loved it!! Love your pictures!! Have a nice day! XXXD

Christine said...

Raglan a great surprise on a recent visit we had a holiday home there years ago, agree re the cafes and gift shopping. As a fellow kiwi,am enjoying your NZ holiday snaps, we are there next week for family visiting and a bit of R & R.

Shiree said...

sounds like you had a wonderful time while you where over here, m day trip was busy, but great!!