Okarito Beach House
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- Wheelchair accessibility
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... stopped by a river to eat our dinner and were plagued by the NZ sandfly which is apparently infamous for biting and creating very itchy bites which my mum and I had been suffering from. It was a comedy moment killing the little pests, we hadn't shut the fly screen on the campervan door and I'm not joking we must have killed around 50 of the flies that had got in, leaving behind handprints all over the windows, big lesson ...
... sight and got weighed with our kit on. We were still praying we could still go (even though I was slightly scared of the flight). Apparently yesterday only 5 groups went up and today we were the 2 group to go. Kat got us all in a group and we all introduced ourselves and Kat went through the safety briefing for getting in and out a helicopter and how to put your crampons on once you get off the helicopter on the ice. We then headed to the helicopter. The first group went ...
We started off today with a stroll along Hokitika beach where it seems all the driftwood in NZ washes up. Along the promenade Hokitika is written in huge bits of driftwood with a concrete armchair positioned so that it has a great view out to sea.
We had finally decided on a name for our "crib" and had chosen Betsy - the wandering goat to do her justice as she carried us round ...
... and the day before us had gone ahead which would have been us had we left with our previous bus. We managed by sheer fluke to find a helicopter scenic flight that was still running and got to have a twenty minute flight to at least see some of the glaciers and snowy mountain tops. They couldn't do any snow landings, which would have been perfect, because the clouds were too low, but ...
... went through into the changing area to get into all our gear which included waterproof over-trousers, hiking socks and boots, crampons and coat (as well as hats and gloves). After we had geared up we walked across the road to get weighed for our flight. The tour was a helicopter ride to the glacier then a 3 hour walk through the ice as you are unable to walk to the glacier anymore. The first few members of our group had been weighed when the guy ...