Flight over Otago Harbour and Peninsular

A flight around the Otago Harbour and Otago Peninsular

What better way to spend a Sunday morning than flying over the beautiful Otago Harbour and Otago Peninsular. We left Taieri airfield and flew over Chain Hills towards the coast.

Below is St Clair beach, showing the St Clair salt water swimming pool, St Clair Esplanade with it’s cafes etc. From there we flew over the southern side of the Peninsular. It was a little bit hazy at times and the plane windows weren’t that clean ūüôā but thought you would like to see the photos anyway.

DSC_4406¬†St Clair Beach and salt water poolDSC_4401 ¬†St Kilda beach,¬† Lawyers Head and Chisholm Park Golf courseDSC_4400¬†Tomahawk Beach and LagoonDSC_4397Looking over Smaills beach, Tomahawk beach and Lagoon ¬†to the City and Harbour.¬† The remains of two World War 11 gun emplacements, seen in the center of the photo stand close to the Jack Fox Lookout, which is at the top of the promontory which separates Tomahawk Beach from Smaill’s Beach.

DSC_3401Sandfly Bay and Sandymount

DSC_3402DSC_4390Sandfly Bay and Sandymount

DSC_4391  Sandfly baySandfly Bay Recreation Reserve is remarkable for its native fauna and flora and its spectacular views of the Otago Peninsula coastline and cliff tops. Yellow Eyed penguins, seals,  sea lions and many sea birds can be seen in this area.

Getting there – From Highcliff Road, (which is along the top of the Otago Peninsula), turn onto Seal Point Road. Carpark at road end. Dogs are not allowed.
DSC_3257 The mouth of Hoopers Inlet is narrowed by a large spit, the seaward coast of which forms Allans Beach. Behind this beach is a significant area of wetland and swamp, which is home to many species of flora and birds.DSC_4385 Hoopers InletDSC_4384 Hoopers inlet and Allans BeachDSC_4383DSC_4386

DSC_4377Hooper inlet (top) and Papanui Inlet (bottom)

DSC_3216 Macandrew Bay

DSC_3231  Portabello with Hoopers inltel in the background and the road the Aquarium in the foregroundDSC_3229 Portabello,  Hoopers Inlet and Mt Charles in the backgroundDSC_4381PortobelloDSC_4376 Looking back towards the City

DSC_3415Hoopers Inlet and Papanui Inlet

DSC_3414Victory beach and the Pinnacles – see my post on Okia Reserve

DSC_3412The Pinacales

DSC_3421Aramoana, Taiaroa head and Albatross Colony- see posts Forgotten Military History and Aromoana

DSC_3430Purakaunui Inlet – See other post

DSC_3427Blueskin Bay

DSC_4363Blueskin BayDSC_4364Warrington and Blueskin Bay

DSC_3435Purakaunui Inlet, Blueskin Bay and Long Beach – see other post Purakaunui and Long beach

DSC_3444Port Chalmers and Careys Bay
 Port Chalmers and Sawyers BayDSC_3450

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