A day of firsts part two

Trip Start Feb 19, 2010
Trip End Mar 20, 2010

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Flag of New Zealand  , South Island,
Thursday, March 4, 2010

One of the reasons for deciding to stop at Franz was because there was a campsite in the rainforest, which sounded amazing.  Even better, it was on the same street as a new spa bath complex, containing a series of outdoor thermal pools filled with heated glacier water - an experience we didn't think we could miss.  We probably should have called ahead to reserve a spot, as we realised when we got to Franz that we weren't the only people to think that staying overnight in the rainforest was a cool idea.  However we were lucky and we managed to squeeze into a suitable spot for the night.  After having a quick look around we headed straight for the spa, where we splurged on a private pool for the best part of an hour.  It could be argued that in many respects the spa was not dissimilar to other outdoor spa baths, but I don't know of any others that have been so sympathetically blended into their surroundings or where you can sit and enjoy the sights and sounds of the rainforest whilst having a relaxing soak.  We just wish we had taken the camera with us.  After a meal and sharing several cocktails with the locals it was time to make our way home for the evening through the trees and ferns.

So why have I called this a day of firsts?  Well, it was our first ever helicopter ride, first times standing on a glacier, first walk, overnight camp and spa in a rainforest.  That is quite a lot of new experiences for one day!

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