Glacier Gateway Motel
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- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Free parking
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very picturesque but watch out for those sandflies, if you don't you will regret it the next day
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As Cheryl is still sleeping I thought I would throw my two penny worth in and do the blog today. You will notice it's shorter than Cheryl's and probably has spelling mistakes. We had planned to share the responsibility of writing it but I don't think she trusts me so while she's asleep......
Well the day started as a 'chill' day waiting …
... sounded like thunder...only for her to point out huge bits of ice that were breaking away from the glacier above us and crashing down into hundreds of pieces. We hiked for around 3 hours and the view was spectacular. We took the helicopter back and made our way to our hostel where we will be staying for two nights. I made some pasta for tea, met the resident fat ginger cat, did some laundry and went to bed. We have a free day tomorrow so I am looking forward to a bit of a lie ...
... to the giant mountains. From our time on the glacier the day before however, we knew it was far from it. We walked on for what seemed like ages, until we reached the edge of the safe area. People had died proceeding beyond that point so we thought it was best to stop there. From that point we could only just see the area of ice that we’d spent three hours walking around. It really made us appreciate how huge everything was.
After posting the blog last night in Punakiki we visited the local beach to watch the sunset! We had to stroll down this wild path near our lodges in the middle of the rainforest. We got to the beach to see most of the sunset but unfortunately due to the cloud coverage we did not get to see everything! What we did manage to see was pretty cool. Emma, Barbara and myself decided to leave before ...
... and kind of amazing. Photos are on my camera, so the ones below were stolen from Amie. In the afternoon, we stopped at a wildlife sanctuary to see some kiwi chicks, which are really hard to see in the wild. Because 90% of the rowi kiwi chicks don't survive in the wild (and there are only a couple hundred of that type of kiwi left), the rangers track every one of the birds in the wild, then go into the woods and steal their eggs. They raise the chicks until ...