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... but set up for safety. There are waterfalls large and small along the way and we see an ice cave just before arriving at the terminus. Some of the path is very steep, glad we haven't had gradients like that on our rides so far! We have steady rain through the whole walk which makes taking photos challenging. We manage to get some - unfortunately there were water splodges on the lens so only a couple of good ones. It's stunning to ...
... 2 pm we make it into Hari Hari a one street town. It's really a cyclist stop as motorists would just continue on for the 60 kms to Franz Joseph Glacier. After settling in we take the Wilberg Walk which is a few minutes from the motel. Takes you up onto a ridge with great view out from Hari Hari. Even the ducks are impressed! Tomorrow promises to be a Herculean day..all will be revealed in tomorrow's post! Kms today - 72 km Overall kms - 470 ...
... passing out. We hadn't booked a tour for Franz Joseph but decided to simply rock up and see how we felt. Unfortunately now you can't just walk onto the glacier directly you have to take a helicopter. Only 1 year ago you could access the Fox Glacier but due to Mother Nature the glacier suffered from some serious devastation and no longer means you can access it by foot. Very sad, ...
... surprised at how many single lane bridges there were for a major state highway, guess I'm not in England now. We arrived to Franz Josef glacier to heavy rain. We tried to book a heli hike for the following day but unfortunately the weather was going to be cloudy and wet so no helicopters were flying. The following day (Tuesday) they said was going to be glorious so we booked onto that ...
... coming through the blowholes, but it was very interesting anyway - the photos hopefully show it better than I can explain it! Once we arrived in Hokitika, we had a very average lunch in "Cafe 39" (we tried to find the recommended cafe from our guide book but couldn't, and when we finally did find it after lunch, it had closed down! This is another theme of our trip...). I decided to try the whitebait, which is a local speciality and not the same fish as whitebait ...