Some times I quite enjoy my work. This guided trip was a heli-hike, with a longer heli part than usual. The attached map shows roughly the route we took - though the GPS lost signal a little in the Milford area due to the steep valley walls. The blue route is the "commute" from Te Anau to Queenstown. The purple is the route we took with the clients. We flew from Manapouri airport to Queenstown. Met the clients, and flew to Mt Tutoko - the highest mountain in Fiordland at 2750m.
The Robinson 44 had a 'little bit of a breakdown'. It was in Milford, so the owners came in with a bigger machine - a Squirrel to retrieve it back to base to be sorted. it was interesting watching one helicopter airlift another!
This video article about local helicopter pilot is excellent
Hannibal's ability to spot things from the air is amazing too, & he often resolves searches before they really get going properly by spotting the missing person himself.