58 On Cron Motel
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Lovely chalet in a motel style location just off the Main Street and near everything needed in Franz Josef
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Early 6.00 start today to leave for the station to catch the TranzAlpine Railway from Cristchurch to Greymouth. The train journey starts at 08.15 and ends around 12.30 having crossed the New Zealand Alps. Then we walk to the Avis office to collect our car for the drive to Franz Joseph for an overnight before we drive to Queenstown.
Saturday 12 March, Greymouth to Franz Joseph
We were off about 7.30am to check out the Mega store (like Bunnings, toyshop for boys). Unfortunately Tony had forgotten that today was Saturday, not Friday and therefore they didn't open until 8.30am! So second choice was to walk around town to check out the shops. Have say that not much …
We woke about 8:15am after almost 10 hours asleep. I think we needed that after the dreadful night the evening before. It was a beautiful day, no chance of the helicopter hike being cancelled then! Nope! Rich cooked sausages on the hob and we had sausage baps for breakfast then we just milled around the room waiting for 11:30am when we had to walk …
We had a terrible nights sleep in the B&B as it was just too hot. Thankfully we had an early start so we were and up and out by 7:10am. The breakfast on offer was poor which just added to how bad this B&B was so we decided to wait and have breakfast on the TransAlpine train instead. Our driver arrived at 7:20am so we were at the train …
We woke up to the sound of birds singing in the temperate rainforest around the hotel but then came the buzz of a helicopter...and then another. It is impossible to get right on to the glacier on foot so you have to go by helicopter. But we decided to walk just as far as the face.