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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Franz Josef March 14th 2012

No internet access last night, so here's a basic rundown of our day yesterday: Sunrise walk on Punakaiki Beach Ate lunch and walked around Hokitika Hiked the Mahinapua Walkway and Picnic Point Stopped in an old mining town, Ross, where the biggest gold nugget in the world was found in 1909 Today, we hiked the Franz Josef glacier, which was pretty crazy. We are too pooped to post anything, but will be sure to put up photos soon!... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Franz Josef March 6th 2012

After breakfast we loaded the car up again and got back on Rt. 6 heading north toward the glacier country. Another couple at the Lodge, Nan and Art from Spokane, told us about Lake Matheson near the town of Fox Glacier. They said there was a real pretty walk around the lake which was easily accessed from the main road. Since we had all day and not a lot of distance to cover we decided to check it out. The car park and trail head was right where we’d been told, so off we went. Our first surprise was when we crossed the river which flowed out of the lake. Up till now all the rivers we’d seen had been crystal clear, but this one while clear had a very marked brown color. We later asked ... read more
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Grey water in the river
Franz Joseph Glacier

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Franz Josef February 25th 2012

So last we left you in Carters Beach with some rather underwhelming seals. Now we are in Franz Josef Glacier Township in the sunshine, at last! We have been continuing south on the West Coast Highway. Most of this journey was done in torrential rain and so although we were passing by the Southern Alps we didn't really see them. We made one over night stop inland at Jacksons Retreat, a one horse town if ever there was one. It seamed to consist of a luxury Holiday Park and one tavern. We opted to follow the guidebooks recommendation and go for our evening meal at the local tavern, only to find it in darkness because of a power cut caused by a flood at Kelly's Creek. (It really had nothing to do with me) We were ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Franz Josef February 22nd 2012

Here are some photos from our guided hike up the Franz Josef glacier on the West Coast. -sean... read more
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Ice cave
Walking through

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Franz Josef February 8th 2012

Up and about early, and headed to the glacier centre in town, from where we'll be ice climbing. It's a beautiful day which I'm not sure is a good thing or not. Baking sunshine and hiking don't tend to go well together. Throw in some ice, or rather slush, and we could be in for a bambi on ice disaster... First things first - I have to pass the medical. 'Any breathing problems, madam?' 'Oh, just antipodean asthma. Does that count?' 'Hmm, ok, well, any back or neck injuries?' 'Does a horse-related encounter with a tree count?' 'There's no hope for you...' Fortunately all the questions did were give the guys in charge a laugh. Permission to hike granted! We set off on the bus for the 10 minute hop to the entrance, at which stage ... read more

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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Franz Josef February 4th 2012

Lørdag d. 4. feb. bød på heldagsrafting for Mortens og mit vedkommende. Vi vågnede begge tidligt med sommerfugle i maven, og jeg var særligt spændt, da det var første gange, jeg skulle stifte bekendtskab med rafting. Mor og far kørte os ud til stedet, hvor vi skulle mødes. Her fik vi uddelt udstyr og fik det taget på. Herefter kom der en helikopter og samlede os op (og alt udstyr) i hold. Efter ca. 8 minutters fantastisk flyvetur, blev vi droppet af midt i Whataroafloden midt i INGENTING. Her blev båden klargjort, og vi fik en masse instrukser vedr. sikkerhed og dagens rute. Under disse instrukser gik det op for mig, at det ikke var en ”begyndertur”, jeg havde meldt mig til – og som Morten havde bildt mig ind det var. Det viste sig at ... read more
Startsted for rafting
Her Marianne fik at vide det var en 5'er :)
Klar, parat, start

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Franz Josef February 3rd 2012

Man ved, man er i udkants-NZ når: - - Der er bush ligegyldigt, hvor man kigger hen - - Man ikke kan høre andet end floden og fuglene - - Der går høns rundt i haven - - Der på vejen er skilte, der viser, man skal passe på ikke at en kiwi over - - Der ikke i miles omkreds er det, der minder om mobilsignal - - Den nærmeste by, der ligger 10 km væk, ingen butikker har – og først fik vej dertil i 1999 - - Man skal smøre sig ind i myggebalsam fra top til tå for at gå udenfor uden at blive ædt på af myg og sandflies Vi har også fået dagen til at gå med andet end at fundere over ovenstående statements… Da vi ikke skulle køre et ... read more
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KÆMPE vandfald :)

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Franz Josef February 2nd 2012

Morgenen startede som så mange andre stadigvæk ret tidligt, og Marianne var blandt de helt morgenfriske med en 6 km lang løbetur. (Hun er snart i bedre form end mig)… Dagen i dag stod på det lange stræk fra Wanaka til Franz Josef. En tur på cirka 330 km, eller cirka 5 timer. Selvom det var det meste af dagen var lidt gråt, var turen bestemt flot. At gå fra det mere øde landsskab til ”bushen” var spændende at opleve. Frokosten var planlagt til at blive nydt i naturen, men takket vejret sandflies, måtte vi sidde og nyde den i bilen på en resteplads. Vi har endnu en gang været heldige med det sted vi bor. På internettet har vi booket et stort hus, der ligger cirka 15 km udenfor Franz Josef. Selvom her ikke er ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Franz Josef January 25th 2012

Well,we did the half day glacier trek. Not as physically testing as Tongariro - and well worth the effort. Mind you,making it to the bus was a challenge - apparently there was some sort of incident yesterday (there was a rumour that someone had had a heart attack)! We had to fill out these forms and those forms,take off our own boots and socks and replace them with theirs (our coats managed to pass inspection),get issued with crampons. It was worse than the IBM employee induction process!!!! Having arrived for the 08.30 bus,it eventually left about 09.15! We walked through some bush to get to the river bed at the bottom of the glacier which was 2 kilometres away. The weather was cloudy but dry and fairly warm. En route the sun did come through a ... read more
Franz Josef Glacier...
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Franz Josef Grlacier....

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Franz Josef January 24th 2012

Had a good run up to Franz Josef via Lake Wanaka. Left sharpish and were at Lake Wanaka (via Kawarau Gorge) before 10. Lovely day - again! Bumped into a couple from Gouraock that we'd met in Dunedin - they gave us a recommendation for breakfast. Fabulous views over the lake. Stopped off at Lake Hawea (impressive),Thunder Creek Falls (less impressive 'cos of lack of rain),Roaring Billy (ditto the comment for Thunder Creek) before popping into Haast for a toilet break - where Rae bought a Merino gilet............no,not in the toilet! Had lunch at Knights Point overlooking the ocean - wonderful blue water! Went to Lake Mathieson near Fox Glacier but, disppointingly,the mirror effect was spoiled by the wind rippling the water.Still............ Accommodation very good again - a very well-equipped self-catering chalet. Off to the Franz ... read more
Lake Wanaka....
Lake Hawea.....
On the road to Haast...




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