Page 4 of JetSetting Adventures Travel Blog Posts

People start packing up and leaving in the dorm at 6am, and by 7.30am I have the room to myself so I steal an extra half hour of undisturbed sleep. I have a nice morning, skype with dad, a full unpack and re-pack of my bag, and then cook some lunch for later. The bus leaves Franz Josef at 10am and heads to Hokitika. I have half an hour at Hokitika to look around before the bus heading to Greymouth. Being a bank holiday, Hoikitka is more like a ghost town, though I am told it is like this, bank holiday or not. I walked through the main town to the sea – and understand why people call the west coast of New Zealand wild and rouged – the waves were crashing in, but a few ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Franz Josef March 28th 2013

Today is the day….I finally get to walk on the glacier! I am at the designated place at 8.30am and we are kitted out with socks, shoes, trousers, jackets, a bag, hat and gloves! We then walk over to the heli-pad and quash together as four of us head up, for our 5minute flight to the glacier. On the glacier, we put on our crampons – which were in the bag we were given, and head off, following our guide. It takes a tentative step or two to feel comfortable, walking with big metal cages on your feet, but I soon get the hang of it, and stride over the ice. You can tell we follow one of the set routes through the glacier, but I guess it has to be, guides can’t just go exploring ... read more
FJ Glacier Walk - heli reflection
FJ Glacier Walk (51)
FJ Glacier Walk (50)

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Franz Josef March 27th 2013

I am up, breakfasted and out of the hostel by 9am, despite by bus not being until 9.30am…..just needed to breathe some fresh air! The bus journey is only very short, at 30minutes from Fox to Franz Josef glacier, again with lovely scenery. Franz Josef feels like a big town after Fox, but with one main street and one back street behind it, in reality I don’t think you could describe it as that! Left my bags in the storeage area at the hostel, grabbed my lunch (prepared yesterday) and headed straight to the DOC office to check the track conditions of the day walk – Alex Knob Track, which I wanted to do. Being a full day hike, I knew that if I didn’t do it today then I wouldn’t have the time. In the ... read more
FJ Alex Knob Hike (9)
FJ Alex Knob Hike (6)
FJ Alex Knob Hike (3)

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Fox Glacier March 26th 2013

I awake to a very damp smelling room, joy, but hoorah, it’s not raining! I go for a walk to the other end of town just in case I missed something yesterday (unfortunately not) and pick up some milk for breakfast from the petrol station on the way back. After breakfast and a spot more reading as I wait for the cloud to clear a little more, I walk the 6km out of town to Lake Matherson, to check out its famous reflections. When I reach the lake I am relieved to find there is more life then the whole of Fox Glacier town combined! It has a very posh and lovely café/restaurant and an art gallery come gift shop. Despite it starting to rain very lightly, I head to complete the 1.5hr walking circuit of ... read more
Fox Glacier - Lake Matherson (15)
Fox Glacier - Lake Matherson
Fox Glacier - Lake Matherson (4)

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Wanaka March 24th 2013

Slept poorly despite having a room to myself because of the crazy storm outside and the wind whistling through the chimney going through the room (on a par with your ariel clanging in a storm dad!). We all have a very chilled out morning – I worked on a job application and organised my photos from the trip. This afternoon I had a great run, nice conditions with a light wind and a tad of drizzle but not too cold, on the biking/walking track to Albert Town and back. After a nice hot shower I headed to the internet to book up accommodation and buses for my next destination, (driving the big 4x4 again which is great fun.) We had a yummy dinner of quinoa and veg with a tad of chorizo, and then headed to ... read more

After packing up we headed on the 4x4 track towards Ball Pass hut. It was great fun in the 4x4 If not rather bumpy going over the boulders. After a while the track ends and you have to walk the remainder which was a fairly easy walk over mixed terrain which took about an hour. The views alongside the track were quite bizarre, almost like the terrain of the moon, grey dust with what looks like craters. In actual fact in was the Tasman Glacier which is covered with layers of rock and deposits – as in places the grey was no longer present and you could see the ice below. We checked out the hut when we reached it – a tiny little hut sleeping three people, and admired the views of Mount Cook, Tasman ... read more
Mount Cook - Tasman Glacier (4)
Mount Cook - Tasman Glacier (5)
Mount Cook - Ball Hut (2)

The route to Mueller Hut is the only full day hike here in Mount Cook which people can undertake here without a guide and full ice climbing gear. At 1800m the hut is just above the snow line and a great day walk. After little sleep the three of us (that’s right, Dick included) head off bright and early to start the route. The route consist of two main sections – the 2010 steps up the mountain side to ‘Sealy Tarns’ and from there, follow the unmade but marked track up the hillside – overcoming large boulders, grassy slopes and a scree slope to the hut. We made it through the steps to Sealy tarns quickly, all going at our own rate but reconvening every now and again. IT was quite handy the steps up the ... read more
Mount Cook - Mueller Hut (4)
Mount Cook - Mueller Hut (6)
Mount Cook - Mueller Hut Avalanche (mnt sefton) (2)

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Wanaka March 21st 2013

We are breakfasted, packed up and on the road by 8.30am – heading to Mount Cook, the highest peak in the southern hemisphere, and in located in and around several mountain ranges with over 3000 peaks and glaciers. We check into the YHA, change and take our picnic with us as we head off to complete the Hooker Valley trail. It is a nice easy flat trail, crossing several very large and fun suspension bridges, ending at the glacier lakes with actual icebergs floating in it, with Mount Cook in the background! We head past the official end of the track, over the large boulders around the lake to where there are no tourists. I go for a paddle in the lake next to the icebergs – it’s rather chilly on the feet, and surprisingly it’s ... read more
Mount Cook - Hooker Valley (2)
Mount Cook - Hooker Valley (7)
Mount Cook - Hooker Valley (8)

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Wanaka March 20th 2013

The abundance of food and lack of exercise has started to get to me now, and this morning I take one of the mountain bikes which are at the house along the track which runs around the lake. This started off as a nice easy route, but soon turns into a track featuring sharp narrow downhill sections with boulders and tight corners and similarly steep uphill’s. It’s been a while since I have been mountain biking which shows by how tiring it is….slightly worrying! However the views are more than worth the sweat and panting it takes to reach the end. The morning mist is starting to burn off the lake, revealing the crystal blue waters beneath which are framed by the surrounding dramatic hillsides and snow-capped mountains. I am back by lunch and after a ... read more
Wanaka (4)
Wanaka (6)
Wanaka (7)

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Wanaka March 17th 2013

As the DOC had predicted, I woke up on Sunday morning to torrential rain! It continued all day, which is much needed for the country and nice, as it’s always good to have a rain on a rest days! Both Sunday and Monday I had a very productive time sorting out my photos, reading, wondering round Wanaka (window shopping) in all their nice shops and spending a large amount of time on the internet researching next steps, trips and uploading my blog for you all. Ana and I have taken the time over the few days, and the fact we have a beautiful kitchen at our disposal currently to whip up some beautiful dishes, including venison and lots of roasted veg – it was amazing! We also made the remainder of the veg into a soup ... read more
Ismuths Peak (3)
Ismuths Peak Wanaka lake
Ismuths Peak (5)

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