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Everyone was up bright and early this morning in Franz Josef as we were all psyched about going on an ice explorer trip up the glacier. However, upon arriving at the place we were told that the conditions were really bad and so they had cancelled all of the morning trips. They rebooked us for later in the day but said they couldn't make any guarantees and when it came to it the weather only worsened and so there was no chance we ...
... a bit of an anti-climax, so we turn around, walk to the car park and hitch back to town.
That evening we decide to check out the glacier hot springs. Ah what a treat, 3 large pools hovering between 36 and 40 degrees.
The rain is getting heavier and heavier and Joanne takes a funny pic of me when I get home, drenched through.
I have thoroughly enjoyed Franz Josef, another diverse stop on the south ...
... in, suited and booted in the 'boot room’ and starting the short walk through the rainforest to the helipad.
We watched other groups come and go in the small helicopters while we waited in line, then it was our turn to be waved over to the bug like flying machine avoiding its propellers as we got in. Being the small one I was told to get in the front with another girl while Paulie was in the ...
After a quick overnight stop in Wanaka, we headed towards the little village of Franz Josef. The drive from Wanaka to Franz Josef through the mountains was stunning in itself though, with clear blue lakes, snow caped peaks and winding roads the whole way. We made a couple of stops on route for some short riverside and woodland walks, and also for picking up a stranded Korean tourist who'd run out of petrol - our good deed for the day!
... any light disturbing them.
Went to look for the other 2 Kiwis which were 1 month old, they were both out wandering about. They’re funny things to watch, sticking they chopstick beaks into the ground to find things, and they’ve got such big feet!
Left the enclosure and had a wander through the rest of the building. There was a video playing about how the kiwis are endangered because the babies get eaten by stouts, that were introduced to eat ...