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I was so excited about going to Franz Josef, 1 of the main things I wanted to do while in NZ. We left Punakaiki and headed towards Greymouth to Monteiths brewery - everyone had opted out of doing some bone carving for necklaces. A tour of the brewery and 4 complimentary beers at 10am, good start to the day :) After a pit stop at McDonalds we continued on to Franz Josef where we went to check in for our ice ...
... of shoreline!!! The surrounding water is a glorious bright blue-turquoise colour, but clear, and is often frequented by whales and dolphins (sadly we didn’t spot any this time).
Picton is a bit more than just a ferry terminal though, and is quite a friendly little town, so rather than drive off we decided to take in a 60-minute walk up the Tirohanga Track. At the halfway point of the track was a fantastic panoramic hilltop view ...
... sometimes showing up through clouds and the glacier was changing all shades between blue, white and grey and the whole valley was looking differently all the time.
Even if it was raining it stopped after a while and we had our rain gear on so it was not such a big deal. When we finally arrived at the glacier base we were totally taken by the view. We took as many photos as it was possible. After ...
... t much fun for the girls who were experienced riders and all wanted to do more adventurous things then just walk, nevertheless they all survived and lived to tell the tale at dinner, we ate in the same bar we went to the previous night so Lorraine was a very popular if not somewhat famous girl! I treated myself to the most amazing mussels ever, very good meal! The mussels here are absolutely massive, it's ridiculous! Everyone then called it a pretty early night, still needing to ...
... stop where we waited for the bus. This turned up on time and we started the journey to the Glacier. After 90 minutes we reached our first stop - the fresh fruit and veg stall. On getting back on to the bus we were confronted with the news that the roads to Franz Josef had been closed due to landslides as a result of all the rain. It was mentioned that one third of their annual rainfall had fallen in the last 24 hours. Therefore ...
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