We booked our heli flight the night before we went. We read that the morning was the best time to go before the light gets too harsh and the wind picks up. 🌬
Somehow we booked on the brightest, clearest morning ever. Already we KNEW this would be an amazing experience.
On arrival at Kaikoura airport we got booked in and they started the safety briefing. We began to think we’d be the only ones on this flight, what an extra special win that would be! 🤩
It wasn’t to be, however. A pair of young women were scheduled on our flight but they were SO LATE. We were literally strapped in with the engine running as they arrived. Waiting for them for nearly 20 minutes. God damn it. 🚁
BUT their tardiness did mean we got the best seats. I think our pilot felt bad for our delay and made sure we were rewarded for being on time.
It meant we got head-on views such as this, where the mountains are so close I felt like I could almost skim my feet on their peaks as we flew over. 🦶
It’s funny how we went from such excitement at the idea of an accidentally private flight, to annoyance that we were delayed, to joy that we were allowed the front and side seats. No squishing into the middle for us!
I do hope those women enjoyed their experience too. If our takeaway lesson was to always arrive early, I hope they learned something similar for next time...⏱ .
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