Punga Grove Motel & Suites
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Franz Joseph near west coast Glacier. Superb scenery. Had a good ride today got here earlier about 2.30pmish. Had a rest as we are both so tired. In a lovely unit. It is like being in the rain forest again. Downstairs appartment this time number 2. We have a table and chairs outside patio and ferns abound. We have been for a walk and got some food …
... of sunshine. We arrive in Franz Joseph, but as the weather is pretty awful there is not much point if going to try and see the glazier. Instead we decide to go straight to the hotel and relax before heading out for dinner. The hotel in Franz Joseph is fabulous and on chatting to the manager we decided to eat in the hotel tonight, so we did not have to go out again in the rain. We received a complimentary bottle of wine, so went back to our room which ...
... with up to 12 m of rain annually.
On the way out to the gorge we happened upon a glorious monument (a bit incongruous here in the wilderness) to the 'Koiterangi Incident', a memorial to honour 7 policemen & home guard murdered by a deranged farmer in 1941. Look it up on Google, it's a strange story.
We pressed on to Franz Josef, where it was raining in earnest, ...
... rocks (no prizes for guessing what they looked like) and got sprayed by the blow holes. The waves are so powerful they have forced there way up inside the cliffs and the water then sprays out of holes in the rocks, very cool. After we watched the sunset (nearly missed it by about 30 seconds - too busy drinking tea) we had a really nice chilled evening in the little tavern with hot chocolate and our diaries.
Franz Joseph was the next stop and the one id really ...
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Small place this but good very backpackers
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