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Old 12-25-2015, 01:28 PM   #21
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Marsupials!
Big whoop. We have marsupials, too. The last picture is their reaction when they hear an Australian accent.

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Old 12-25-2015, 04:00 PM   #22
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Big whoop. We have marsupials, too. The last picture is their reaction when they hear an Australian accent.

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You would need to be close to the australian to here there accent the american tourists accents can he heard from miles away

As seen in this shot american tourists

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Old 12-25-2015, 05:16 PM   #23
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You would need to be close to the australian to here there accent the american tourists accents can he heard from miles away

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Old 12-26-2015, 07:42 AM   #24
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Big whoop. We have marsupials, too. The last picture is their reaction when they hear an Australian accent.

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Not quite the marsupials I had in mind. And opossum are an invasive specie since they entered from South America when the continents became joined.

I was thinking more along the line of Kangaroos and Kola bears.
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Kangaroos are pests and koala bears are lazy and mean. If we had them it would be more business for the pest control folks and roo bar manufactures but outside of that I don't see any benefit. I suspect there's a reason why nature put them in a land far away from anything that matters.
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Old 12-26-2015, 11:32 PM   #26
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Koalas are not actually bears,and their worst sin is peeing while being cuddled. It`s the drop bears in the trees visitors should fear. And the sharks, but they`re not in the trees. Yet.
I flew Sydney-Queenstown in an Air NZ 737, not in the cockpit, just upfront. Circling Lake Wakatipu before landing is spectacular, surrounded by snow laden mountains. A lake trip on the coal fired steamer SS Earnslaw is equally memorable.
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Old 12-27-2015, 01:19 AM   #27
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The approach over the lake is the easy one. The amqzing one is coming in the other way, up against the mountains. The approach in a continuing twisting and turning around the bowl on the mountains all the way down to the runway. It used to be that this approach could not be attempted unless when the plane was several thousand feet up over the tops of the surrounding mountains the approach path was had good visibility all the way down to the runway. If it didn't the plane had to divert.

Today with RNP, the same twisting, turning approach can be made all the way down to just over 200 feet feet above the threshold of the runway in zero visibility until the decision height is reached. On autopilot. Very impressive experience to fly it that way.
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I was living in the south island a few years ago when a Jet Blue pilot took off at dusk and some passengers thought they were going to die. He was charged in court, and it was in the news for months. I think he was ultimately acquited, but there was lots of public discussion about the challenges of flying big planes in and out of there.
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Actually he was convicted.

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/ar...ectid=10870449
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Old 12-27-2015, 07:39 PM   #30
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... a few years ago when a Jet Blue pilot took off at dusk and some passengers thought they were going to die.... there was lots of public discussion about the challenges of flying big planes in and out of there.
"big plane" there probably means 737(the man of many names may have a contrarian opinion). Coming in you fly over snow capped mountains, and then among them.
PS. On Air NZ, never use the word "Erebus".
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Old 12-28-2015, 01:53 AM   #31
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"big plane" there probably means 737.
At the time of our project I believe the largest commercial jets using the Queenstown airport were 737s and A320s. I don't know if the situation has changed since then.
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I agree with Marian. New Zealand is the place to go. Great landscape. Great landscape. Umm great landscape. The people you meet are friendly that's because there are so few of them. Please go to New Zealand they need all the people they can get. They will take anyone. Most New Zealanders live in Australia especially the Gold Coast. Please don't go to the Great Barrier Reef or the Australian outback, it's not worth seeing. Better to go to New Zealand and step back from in time. Forget Brisbane and Sydney. Maybe it's an acquired taste. I know where I want to live and play...

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"Kangaroos are pests and koala bears are lazy and mean."

Hey! That sounds like Washington DC with the names changed.
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