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... pass. We spotted dear standing majestically on a lush green hilltop with SCM in background and I so wanted a photo but the narrow winding lanes do not allow stopping. Quite a number of my photos have been taken at 100km with window down and freezing air zipping in but I do get some good ones. The wind was howling this morn so the lakes did not have the reflections of the SCM which means we did not take 50 photos, lots of white caps which spoilt the ambiance, oh ...
... experience as I went heli hiking on the Franz Josef Glacier. Never have I felt so close to nature… Taking a short helicopter ride to land directly on the ice (on the tiniest airstrip known to mankind), followed by climbing the actual glacier walls, crawling down crevasses, using ropes to secure ourselves on the steep cliffs,… It was absolutely thrilling, but, more importantly, unbelievably humbling and inspiring to be so close to nature. I cannot state ...
... accomodation. We were pretty close to not bothering to turn up for drinks so we're glad that we had!
Today was the day of our glacier hike. We got kitted out in warm clothes and given a free beanie hat before making our way outside. We jumped into the helicopter, put our headsets on and were off. It was so cool being in a helicopter and the view of the glacier was amazing. It was clear blue sky we couldn't have picked a better day. We were lucky as several ...
... people who were already on the flight. Oh, and subject to the weather being OK. It had been a beautiful morning, but was clouding over and starting to look like the flights wouldn't go ahead.
We were booked in and were told to come back closer to the flight time.
We went up the road to the glacier viewing pint (which gives you a better view of the glacier than the 30 minute walk), had lunch (the less said about that the better), bought some ...
... well kept paths took us along bridges over the wetlands themselves and through a mini rain forest. Only a short walk in the end and so we headed to the lagoon on the other side of the tiny village of Okarito, and had lunch. Our sandwiches have improved to the luxurious levels of cheap ham and coleslaw rather than peanut butter and jam - even I was starting to get fed up of them. An hours drive down to Franz Joseph, home to the most famous of New Zealand's glaciers (along with ...