Franz Josef Glacier Country Retreat
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... it turned out to be one of the best she's had yet. We then drove to Hokitika, a small town with jade producing and gold mining history. We parked the van and had a little walk around this very nice little town, eventually finding the Hokitika Museum, which turned out to be a very nice little community museum. We spent a very enjoyable hour learning more about the community and then grabbed a ...
... beautiful art deco buildings) and Wellington where I was officially introduced to downpours New Zealand style…
From Wellington, I hopped onto the ferry to South Island. First stop along the way: Picton, where the best Fish & Chips shop is hidden away in the tiniest alleyway known to mankind. From there, it was on to… wait, give me a minute to retrace my steps… ah yes, Christchurch (with a short stop in Kaikoura).
After the ...
... plate. The party was pretty good, we made a great entrance and managed to stay in our boxes the entire night even to play pool and the cardboard box game. At around midnight Beth, Josh, Matt and I did a quick visit to the forest to check out the glow worms. It was freezing in just our bin liners and a little bit creepy but luckily the resident dog called DJ decided to come with us and offered a bit of protection until we got back.
We took another walk in ...
... something we'd never get the opportunity to do again. We agreed it would be great. But it wasn't something we'd factored in to the holiday budget and it was a lot of money.
It looked fantastic, but we decided we couldn't justify it, no matter how amazing it would have been.
So first thing in the morning after breakfast (about 10.30), we set off on the short drive to the Fox Glacier car park. There's a sign a couple of kilometres back from ...
... would have afternoon tea there.
Some days though, you just can't get a break. The cafe closed 5 mins before we arrived and despite walking half way round the lake, it was being riffled by the wind and although beautiful it definitely wasn't a mirror !
So we cut our losses and drove further on to a famous point in the valley where you can see most of the major peaks in the southern Alps from the one spot. There is mounted dial ...