Queenstown to Bruce Bay - Day 270

Trip Start Jan 31, 2008
Trip End Ongoing

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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Two inconsiderate British girls I was sharing the dorm with returned at 3am this morning and were pissing about for the next 2 hours turning the lights on and off and slamming the door. Complete idiots, my peaceful night sleep in a comfortable warm bed was dashed by these stupid little girls. I returned late myself at 1am after a few beers but if I knew people were in the room I'd be as quiet as a mouse and use a torch to prepare for bed. So when I rose this morning after only a couple of hours sleep I was as noisy as possible, banging doors, zipping and unzipping my bags, opening the curtains. I was hoping they would say something so I could open up with a barrage of abuse, but unfortunately they didn't say a word.

I'm hitting the road again today after the excitement of yesterday's sky dive. Heading north along the west coast to the famous glaciers of Franz Joseph and Fox. Wanaka was my first stop this morning after driving on a great road from Queenstown across the Crown range. Wanaka is like a mini Queenstown, more laid back with equally impressive scenery. Appears to a lot less touristy and a lot more Kiwi.

The road then follows the contours of another huge glacial lake, Hawea. This lake sits parallel to lake Wanaka in the east. During the drive along the banks of Lake Hawea the heavens opened in typical south island style with low cloud obscuring the beautiful views with a grey hue.

Due to the weather I didn't make another stop until Thunder Creek falls when the rain eased off for a couple of minutes so I took some photos of this large power waterfall cascading into Haast river. The sandflies were once again out in full force trying to suck the blood out of my hands which are already covered in bites from the tramp.

I parked up beside the road for a nap later in the day, feeling rather tired after last nights inconsiderate antics. When I woke and continued driving the rain became torrential as I passed through the thick rainforests of the west coast. The rain briefly stopped and the cloud lifted to allow me to see the craggy cliffs and stacks just off the coast from Knights point which over looks the fierce Tasman sea.

I've parked up by a beach tonight just a little north of a small town called Bruce Bay. I'm only around 45km from Fox glacier were I'll head first thing tomorrow morning. The weather forecast for tomorrow is suppose to be fine, so hopefully I'll get a glimpse of Mount Cook at some point during the day.
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