Okarito Beach House
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- Laundry facilities (self serve)
- High-speed internet in room
- Wireless internet connection in room (free)
- Wheelchair accessibility
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Spent the past few days exploring the west coast of NZ's South Island. After being rained out of our Mt. Cook hut trek, we traveled to the spectacular west coast where we camped along glacial lakes, visited deserted beaches, hiked to glaciers surrounded by temperate rain forests, and kayaked in the largest coastal estuary on the South Island. Next …
... and then go on to Fox to stay the night. We'll then have all of tomorrow to explore Fox Glacier and the surrounding area and not have to pack up and move onto the next place.
The trip out of Greymouth was another surreal drive, with snow topped mountains on one side of us and the ocean on the other. It seems impossible, but we can see it, so it has to be real!
We arrived at Franz Joseph at about lunch time, and had a quick lunch at one of ...
... meters) in a temperate rainforest. Franz Josef is the alpine glacier with the lowest elevation terminus of any alpine glacier in the world." Once we returned back to the campsite we called the chopper companies again, due the clearer weather and to our excitement were told birds would be flying the next day. So we booked ourselves on a flight over both Glaciers, Franz and Fox, with a snow landing. Now I have been in ...
... the Kiwi Experience bus groups sometimes every night of the week. I took the guys details and hopefully will be back at some point. We got to Franz Josef just after lunch and as the weather had decided to be nice for once we went straight to do the Franz Josef Glacier Walk. This was incredible. We were given our walking books, crampons, trouser, jackets and gloves and took a short walk through a rainforest to the helicopter pad. After a short safety briefing a helicopter ...
... the waterfalls cut 40m down into the glacier, and our Nepalese guide cut off pieces of ice so we could hear it falling all the way down through the crevasse--not something you'd want to fall into! Our guide was careful to tell us to stay right behind him, so none of us slid into any crevasses when not paying attention. Apparently during some of the longer hikes in good weather, they lower people into the waterfall crevasses (kind of like abseiling), which sounded kind ...