New Zealand pilots Dennis Horn and Manfred Scherbius managed two lucky escapes in a single flight.
They walked away unscathed after an emergency landing on this beach then repeated the feat when their efforts to take off again ended even in spectacular failure.
Horn said the drama started when the aircraft's new engine cut out on its maiden flight.
They'd managed to gate-crash a sandcastle-building contest on the beach at Martin's Bay to the surprise of those taking part.
A faulty fuel valve turned out to be the cause of the original engine problem that brought about the emergency landing.