Queenstown to Noumea
The past few weeks I really haven’t flown in Infinite Flight much but I’ve been looking around for some scenic flights to do. I thought about something in South America or the Caribbean, then I tried to fly Kona to San Francisco in the TBM, but in the summer the winds aren’t strong enough, so there’s is a TBM sinking somewhere in the East Pacific Ocean. I like doing really random routes in the TBM, and after doing some random looking around I found a route that would have awesome scenery, push the TBM to the limit and be all around fun to fly. The route was Queenstown to Noumea. Noumea is the capital city of New Caledonia which is a tropical French territory in the Southwest Pacific Ocean (You’re welcome because I could’ve clickbaited and said I flew the TBM all the way from New Zealand to France lol). Queenstown sits right in the middle of the Southern Alps and it always a stunning airport, and the approach into Noumea through the turquoise tropics of New Caledonia was awesome. I’ve posted the TBM twice before and both have become two of my favorite posts, and I think this one will join them (Those other TBM posts are Here, Here and Rick Astley is Here)
Flight time was 5 hours and 9 minutes, and I landed with about 30 minutes of fuel remaining.
🇳🇿 • 🇫🇷
At the stand in Queenstown on a chilly Winter’s morning
@urfriendlyapproach helped me edit this one!
After an hour over open ocean we overfly a small island, called Norfolk Island about 900 miles off the Australian coast. Ironically, this Island is part of Australia, but only sees commercial service from Air New Zealand which flies to Sydney and Brisbane, but no longer Auckland after that route was cut in 2017 due to lack of demand.
We start to descend toward New Caledonia after 4 hours and 45 minutes and the water becomes crowded with turquoise coral reefs
As always please let me know your thoughts and your favorite photo!
No quiz today but more of a fun fact because I couldn’t figure out how to make this into a quiz
New Caledonia has the most plant and animal diversity in the world per kilometer because of the Central mountain range on the island that allows many species to find niches and places to thrive!