Then Don hopped in and we were good to go.
We left Hastings and flew North up the guts of the Kawekas, crossing the Napier-Taupo Road and the Mohaka River, and on over some very inhospitable country until we were one ridge short of Lake Waikaremoana. Then we turned down a valley which led out to Galatea, and on over the plains and the Mamakus which seemed quite small, and to Matamata in about an hour and a quarter.
Then it was off back home to North Shore in around 40 minutes flying.
Thanks so very much to David Wilkinson for the opportunity.