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... sunrise sun-drenched red cliff in our face, this had a few houses between us but oh so similar. We left early and set out to drive to Franz Joseph. Tiny Tina when we set her said - drive 280 kms and turn left accommodation 1km further on. Love this system of no other roads to intersect so no way could one get lost. We had more of the lovely SCM (snowcappedmountains) with lakes and following Hawea and Wanaka, two separate ones that were separated only by 1 km over ...
... planned. It’s me after all ;o) Oops, sorry, it is I (gotta watch our grammar, right?)
In order to recover from all those adrenalin-filled activities, I started making my way further north: Lake Wanaka (beautiful scenery, peaceful and quiet hiking trails) and Franz Josef. And that’s as far as I’ve gotten so far… But I’ll be sure to let you know how I fare on the rest of the trip.
Today, however, was definitely a ...
... took each way to get there and back so four hours later we eventually made it back. It was a really nice walk though so worth it. We had our free popcorn and soup then wandered over to a bar where all of our bus were going to be to find out the result of the fancy dress competition the other night. We were then told that we had won! We couldn't believe it. We won a Canyon swing in Queenstown worth $219 so between seven of us was still $32 each so the equivalent of ...
... Not that you could see anything worthwhile to photograph.
It gave me a good chance to get indoors at Hokitika. I spend a good while looking at pounamu, and watched a really interesting edu-film about it. A lot of the greenstone (jade) sold in NZ (to chinese tourists) with traditional and contemporary NZ designs is made out of jade from Canada or Russia, and carved in China! Well now you know too. Pounamu is the NZ version of Jade, and only people ...
... br> The path goes up to 200 metres from the face of the glacier, so a bit closer than you can get to Franz Joseph, so you really don't get to see a lot. I didn't get the feeling it was made of ice because it was really dirty. Still the whole place is pretty surreal.
While we were there we started talking to a woman who said she'd been on the chopper ride earlier and it was totally worth the money, she told us what they'd done and seen on the 20 minute ...
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