Glacier Gateway Motel
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- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Free parking
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TravelPod Member ReviewsGlacier Gateway Motel Franz Josef
very picturesque but watch out for those sandflies, if you don't you will regret it the next day
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... meat pies (shout out to Celia) for lunch, before continuing on our way to Franz Josef.
We checked into the Franz Josef Top 10 in the early afternoon, and then headed up to visit the glacier. A beautiful hour-long hike through rainforest and over glacial moraine took us to within a few hundred meters of the foot of the glacier. Truly spectacular. Reminded me of my Banff days.
... Christchurch has found itself in a constant state of trying to rebuild what was lost. To me, it is a city of opposites and dualism: both depressing and inspiring, a place where destruction and creation go hand in hand, where classical architecture now stands alongside (post)modern buildings. For every ruin or vacant lot still present, you will find a construction site, a piece of street art or an entire, revitalized suburb. A very humbling experience, indeed.
... to see the lake. We took DJ with us again and threw a few sticks into the lake for him to swim and get. We arrived back just in time for breakfast which was waffles, bacon and syrup which went down really well. It was then back on the bus until we arrived at Franz Joseph where we booked in for a hike on the glacier the next day. We stopped at a place called Montrose, run by an Argentinian guy who was really nice. It had free wifi (a novelty in New Zealand), ...
... park that shows where the glacier was in the 1750s. A long way from where it is now.
The walk to Fox is shorter than the walk to Franz Joseph, and we'd learned form yesterday that it wasn't going to be cold at all, so we didn't over-layer. Fox has the same moonscape-type landscape as Franz Joseph, and it's a weird feeling knowing you're walking over a landscape carved out by ice that has long since melted. It's like a massive valley, and part-way along ...
... could turn and focus on a peak and it would tell you which one. But more importantly we were in the middle of nowhere. It was completely quiet except for the sound of the birds and, at one point,the whooping of 2 sky divers whose parachutes opened a few thousand feet above our heads. It was really very beautiful and so serene!
Tomorrow we head to Queenstown, the "danger" capital of NZ.What will we do there? Watch this space.