Franz Josef

Trip Start Aug 10, 2007
Trip End Dec 27, 2007

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Thursday, September 20, 2007

We left our DOC site of Boundary Creek near Makarora fairly lateish after sleeping in for a while.

Just outside the town we came upon a family owned cafe and petrol station.  We had home made pies, filled up with diesel and water and admired the big friendly cafe.  The inside was filled with memorabilia from the local region and lots of animal photographs taken by the owner.  The owners were sitting at a table having coffee and cakes and chatted away to us as the local wildlife rangers popped in for teas etc.  It was great to see how the locals do it.  New Zealanders really are friendly folk.

We then drove past Haast and stopped in at the Blue Pools.  Again we had to cross the prerequisite suspension bridge that swayed all over the place, but by now I am getting used to them and even made it shake - yeah baby, the Dr. Evil was coming out!!

We had a look at some massive trout in the stream.  The Blue Pools is where they come to spawn and there were still a few swimming about, big buggers!  The blue pools are very very blue, from the icy glacial waters.

We stopped off at Shipwreck Creek and had a lunch of Tuna salad that we had made the night before.  Shipwreck creek is so named as a steam boat that left Liverpool for Melbourne on it's maiden voyage, came a cropper near Melbourne, but incredibly the hull washed up at Shipwreck Creek off the New Zealand west coast.

The lunch was great except for the ten million miggies that decided to dive bomb us and follow us around.  No matter how many times we jumped around, squashed them in our hands or swore at them, they just kept coming back for more.  So we left and continued the drive towards Franz Josef.

We stopped off here and there to walk in the forests and admire the fantastic scenery, until we eventually reached Fox Glacier.  We pulled in to the picnic area, had coffee and a ginger biscuit and went across the suspension bridge to have a look at the glacier from a distance.

It was not much to look at and we did not feel like doing the walk to see it up close as TOMORROW WE WALK ON THE GLACIER AT FRANZ JOSEF!!!!!!

So we hit the road and pulled into the Rainforest camp site at 4pm and set ourselves up for the night with Steak and veggies.  We went to bed after doing some internet updating, laundry and getting excited for the walk. 
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beling- on

Hi Greg and Jules
so nice to have had a chat with u the other day. that 'sounds' place looks absolutely amazing! what an awesome experience! just looking at the fotos of u and jules makes me cold, but i'm sure u didn't want that boat ride to end! well there seems to be no problem with your cooking skills, even all over the world u still have to time to cook! I would have just bought takes as much as possible, u r doing great!!! bronwyn is busing doing the bookings for the l/vegas nashville trip, she foned the other day to make sure that dad knows it's 6 hrs by flight so dad says he doesn't car, he wants to go! she said that she is also trying to get tickets for the grand o opri. keep on enjoying yourselves and drive safely. thinking about u guys all the time, the kids and i sit and talk about where u r and what u r doing everyday after school when we r driving home. they can't wait for u to get here, they tell me december is too far away. don't know if i told u but the kids were very happy with their gifts, thanks for that. ok, chat soon, lots and lots of love

wendykay on

Hi Jules & Greg
Man-o-man! You two are having the time of your lives! You sure are having great meals too! Makes me hungry just reading about the meals you prepare....better than we have in our own home! Sharks have just finished playing the Blue Bulls @ Loftus...SHARKS WON with 14 men! AND Ror was man-of-the-match! He played an amazing game..we are so proud of him. Kicked over 6/7 from all angles.On holiday from today,yippee!
Enjoy the be quite honest I have never heard of this one before!
Lots of love & blessings for the trip.
Dad & Mom xxx

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