Fox Glacier - Haast.
Trip Start Jan 23, 2013
181Trip End Jul 23, 2013
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We had been advised that the weather was only due to stay fine in the morning, so we drove straight toward Fox Glacier. We had looked at the various options for viewing the Glacier and decided we would walk the access route which would take us within 200 metres of the glacier face. On the way to the access walk we passed magnificent lakes of aquamarine meltwaters, really quite stunning. We could also see the snowy tip of Mount Cook in the distance.
The walk to the viewpoint was invigorating ( knackering). The air was wonderful and fresh and the weather stayed fine. It took just over and hour to climb to the viewpoint but once there we were rewarded with the most spectacular view of the glacier
The weather stayed good and we were able to get some nice photos. The walk back from Fox Glacier was mostly downhill so much easier, even so, I managed to slip a couple of times on the damp shingle.
Once back in the town we popped into a souvenir where I bought some coasters and Terry bought a handy solar powered torch for Elvis. Afterward we crossed the road to a cafe for two flat whites and some sweet snacks.
We drove a short distance out of the town to Lake Matheson, where we set out for a 7 km scenic walk which would take us around the lake. There were designated areas to stop on the way to rest or take photos, and a short distance from the start, we found the first one situated near to the lakes edge. Terry took a seat at the picnic table then decided to move to the opposite bench, as the bench he was sitting on was very near to the edge of the sloping bank of the lake
After the walk we visited the information centre for more coffees. I bought some postcards and stamps and Terry almost bought a t shirt.
We set off toward Haast around 17:00. We checked Elvis into the Top 10 campsite then drove a short distance to a nearby restaurant, which was attached to a Hotel. Everything about it was awful, the staff were snappy and stressed and the food mediocre. There wasn't an ambience and I was glad to see the back of it.
We returned to the campsite and Skyped Andrew who bought us up to date with Finn's progress after which we retired for the night. It had been another eventful day.