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The Nelson Photo News



Flight Into the Heaphy

Hundreds of people have walked the Heaphy Track, crossing numerous streams and fighting sandflies. But there is an easier way of getting to the Heaphy - fly there. About 20 years ago Sgt Noel Oxnam, of the Nelson police, and a friend made an extensive walk through the area prospecting for uranium. More recently Sgt Oxnam visited the region again, this time by air. "It's a lot easier than walking, " he concedes. Sgt Oxnam, left, and Nelson Aero Club instructor, Bryce Nairn, discuss the merits of aviation while strolling on the Heaphy strip. In the foreground, on a log, is a reminder that people still walk the track - a worn-out boot.