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... else in the family besides Mum but we survived.
Bus trip to the boats and then onto the lake for a great experience on the milky white water to the icebergs, one had turned 10 minutes prior to our getting there so was still beautifully blue before our atmosphere turns it white. So really gorgeous, cold and wet but back to tshirts once on land. We have 70 photos if anyone wants to see them. No oh well will be good when our Alzheimers set in.
... For a tiny town, it's very busy and extremely noisy, with helicopters in the air all the time taking people up to the glacier. The only access to the glaciers is by helicopter; you aren't allowed to walk up there, so they are constantly on the go. I think the noise would drive me mad if I had to stay there, so I'm grateful for the advice to stay at Fox instead.
After lunch we drove up to the start of the walk to Franz Joseph and set off on the ...
Today we drive about 200 km south to the Franz Josef glacier. The day was forecast to be another lovely sunny day and we were booked for 2 nights there, so we are decided to take our time and do some things along the way.
South from Greymouth you are primarily driving across the flat glacial plain at the bottom of the southern Alps. You cross multiple mountain rivers as they slow to meander their way to the sea. So for ...
... crossed the bridge at the end of town, and started the route to the glacier access. The landscape here was like none other I've seen before. The river, presumably some run off from the glacier, was the most incredible blue, complemented by the grey rocky ground around it, with red rocks scattered about for some contrast. I realised further along, after checking the map more closely, that it is 5km from the bridge to the car park where the walks ...
... cafe! They certainly make for interesting pit-stops! Wellingtons Film Industry (Wellywood) Wellington is named after the first Duke of Wellington, who led the British against Napoleon and is the third largest city in New Zealand. The 'something' drawing me to Wellington was none other than the Lord of the Rings. Yes, pretty much all of the time I spent in Wellington, which was really not long enough, was centered around the Lord of the Rings movies. A few of us joined the ...
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