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... in to a helicopter and whisked up the mountain. I was in the front seat so had the perfect view as we flew up the valley and saw the terminal face and the huge flow of cracked and contoured ice behind it appear in front of us. It was a pretty bumpy flight so we probably weren't concentrating on the beautiful view as much as we could have! We spent two hours hiking up on the ice exploring spectacular ice formations, towering pinnacles and beautiful blue ...
... showing minus 1.0 degree outside.
It was also minus 1.0 degree on the inside as my attempt to set the heating and suchlike was poor by anyone's standards. It turns out that if you can't plug the van in to an external power source you need to transfer the central heating and water heating to gas. I knew I should have listened more closely to that Kelly woman back at the camper van company.
The cold was a great incentive to get up ...
... going up a bunch more steps, we decided to turn around since we didn’t know what was ahead. We spent 35 min RT from the car park.
By then it was 1:00PM so we decided to head for Fox Glacier. We drove by the lookout at Death’s Corner without stopping. Nothing to see but clouds. Just goes to show you’ve got to see things while you can. We were going to take a pass on Hokitika Gorge too because it was so gloomy and we ...
... t pay a tour guide to take me to the exact film sites, we did find out the locations of a lot of the Middle Earth kingdoms and did our best to figure out our proximity to them. We got to see the Misty Mountains (without the snow), the Lighting of the Beacons, Rohan, the River Anduin, and Lothlorien Forest. Unfortunately Hobbiton, Mordor, Mt. Doom, and the Shire are all on the North Island. We'll get there eventually!
Arthur's Pass was the next stop for the grown-up and me and I can't say that I saw Arthur, btut I did see some more Kea parrots. They are very cheeky!
We went on little walk and saw a waterfall called Devils Punchbowl, which was very beautiful, then went to see another waterfall called Bridal Veils, which was very disapointing, unless I was looking at the wrong one!