As background, my best friend (since we were kids) and I took off for the North Island of New Zealand on 27 Feb gone. He is turning 50 later this month and decided last year this is what he wanted to do to celebrate. Nominally we were there to hunt Sika Deer. We went in on public land in the Kaweka State Park. It is managed by the Department of Conservation (DoC) and, like so much of NZ, hunters are welcome. We booked a helicopter to fly us in and drop us near a DoC hut from which we decided to base. Some shopping... Our ride... And us admiring our ride... Without any doubt the Hughes/MD 500 is my favourite rotary wing aircraft in the world. We were like kids at a carnival for both the trips in and out. The two pilots were great and made it that much more enjoyable !! The vid of them flying a couple of fisherman into a different area before returning for us..... [video=youtube;buXEsLBGUD4] And a still I grabbed from a short video (short because I accidentally cut it off) as he was throttling up to take back off after our drop off... We arrived at the chopper base around 0830 for a 0930 flight in, however the weather was garbage and we all (us, the fishermen and two DoC workers heading into another area) sat around drinking coffee and such for a couple of hours till the cloud started to lift. Then with a rush and a bang we were sitting alone in the wilderness....and happy to be so !!!