9 May, 2022

We are back in Fiordland, a destination we know and love intimately.  We have a “friends and family charter” which started in Preservation Inlet a couple days ago.  After a magnificent flight in by helicopter to the head of Long Sound the group has enjoyed, The fascinating relics of the Tarawera Smelter, the hospitality (from the lodge caretakers) and history of Cromarty and the Goldfields, a walk to the Puysegur Point lighthouse, a fossick around in Cuttle Cove, the site of NZ’s first land based whaling station, a scramble to the remains of the Morning Star Gold Stamping Battery and the history of the pre European skirmishes  by the feuding Maori tribes. As I write this we are in Chalky Inlet before heading north to Dusky Sound.