Mountains and Glaciers
Trip Start May 20, 2010
195Trip End Sep 05, 2011
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Day : 195
Temperature : 24 degrees
Weather : Cloudy early morning clearing to brilliant sunshine and blue skies
We had a long drive south when we arrived at the town of Franz Joseph. Unfortunately the weather was absolutely pants. Grey and drab with low cloud…not great for viewing mountains and glaciers. Nonetheless, we donned our walking boots and headed out on the 50 minute walk to the terminal face of the glacier. Ten minutes into the walk and the heavens opened and it poured down with rain. We continued on. We'd come this far. We reached the glacier…we were the only people mad enough to be out in this weather
We woke up early the following morning….but the weather was still pants with thick, grey cloud hanging low in the skies. We made some phone calls…we’d successfully managed to get some internet connection….and got ourselves organised. Next thing we know, the cloud is lifting. Brilliant sunshine and bright blue skies gradually replace the cloud and we are allowed the most magnificent views of snow capped Mount Cook and the Southern Alps and the Fox Glacier. Fantastic.
We walk up to the terminal face of the glacier as helicopters whirred past overhead taking guests high up into the mountains
We drove on, further south, past more beautiful coastlines and into Mount Aspiring National Park. It was getting late so we decided to park up somewhere…it just so happened that there was a lovely lake with a backdrop of stunning mountains. We pulled Harold over, got the chairs out and sat down with a glass of wine. Just in time to see the sun dip behind the mountains. What a life!
Finally managed to upload some more photos....enjoy.