Story: South Canterbury region

Landing on the snow

Landing on the snow

Entrepreneur Rodolph Wigley’s son, Harry, pioneered the use of skiplanes with retractable skis. These aircraft could take off from the ground and land on snow, making the mountains more accessible. Harry (right) was in the Auster skiplane that made the first landing on the Tasman Glacier in 1955.

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Reference: AAKB 7711 W3035 14AE

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John Wilson, 'South Canterbury region - Transport and towns', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 September 2023)

Story by John Wilson, updated 1 Feb 2017