Story: South Canterbury region

Landing on the snow

Landing on the snow

Entrepreneur Rodolph Wigley’s son, Harry, pioneered the use of ski planes with retractable skis. The planes could take off from the ground and land on snow, making the mountains more accessible. Harry (right) stands beside the Auster ski plane that made the first landing on the Tasman Glacier in 1955.

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Archives New Zealand - Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga
Reference: AAKB 7711 W3035 14AE

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John Wilson, 'South Canterbury region - Transport and towns', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/11398/landing-on-the-snow (accessed 21 August 2019)

Story by John Wilson, updated 2 Feb 2017