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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Franz Josef October 11th 2012

So my last week in Queenstown was a riot, made the most of seeing all my friends, saw Frenchy a couple of times, went out nearly every night and threw myself into it. I had move rooms once more whilst staying at Nomads and got moved out of the girls dorm that I'd been in since the start of August. So I got up, packed the bomb site that was my stuff and checked into my new room. As I opened the dorm door, I was instantly hit by the smell of dirty washing and lynx, upon entering my new room I could not see floor anywhere for all the clothes, socks, empty bottles, condom wrappers, beer crates and once of the matresses in the room had been overturned as a joke... and I was ectastic! ... read more
Toads night out
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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Franz Josef September 14th 2012

So the next morning we all hopped back on the bus, all very hung over, and set off bound for Franz Josef. After arriving in Franz Josef we checked into the lovely Rainforest hotel, got kitted up, hopped into a helicopter and flew up onto the Franz Josef glacier. Wow. We were sat on a beach next to the poo pub yesterday shivering in the cold and now we're stood on a glacier in the baking sun having to strip down because it's so hot. Our guide navigated us around the glacier through crevasses and big holes in the ice created by flowing air and water. This felt like something from another world. I've never experienced anything like this before. Completely mind blowing stuff. After roughly 3 hours on the glacier we hopped onto another helicopter ... read more
Glacial hole
Climbing through glacial hole

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Franz Josef September 7th 2012

We were up very early to leave Nelson for our 9 hour 45 minute bus journey to Franz Josef. On the way stopped in various places including Punakaiki and Hokitika. Punakaiki houses the famous pancake rocks and blowholes created by the rough Tasman seas. The force of the water hitting the coast was incredible but unfortunately the weather conditions didn't allow us to see the blowholes in action. We arrived in Franz Josef to a warm fire blazing in our backpackers, The Glowworm Backpackers. We spent the evening tucked in The Monsoon Bar sheltering from the constant rain. The following morning we we're booked in to do the Glacier Valley Walk. We arrived fully kitted out at the office (I'm sure Dan will upload a photo of us in our finery as soon as we get ... read more
Pancake Rocks
Giant Kayleigh and Ryan the Glacier Guide
Franz Josef Glacier

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Franz Josef August 17th 2012

After packing up and checking out I drove Tom to the hospital to have his knee braced altered, it was easy as it was on the way to The Remarks! Had another great morning skiing by myself before the guys arrived around 12ish. I managed to spend an hour with them before I decided it would be best for me to get on my way up the West Coast! I returned my equipment and got a venison pie from Fergbaker and hit the road. I headed back out of the valley towards Cronwell before taking anew route out towards the coast. The scenery out this way was again beautiful but in a different way to what I had experienced on Wednesday. This area is called the Lakes for good reason, there are loads of them! They ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Franz Josef July 26th 2012

We arrived at Franz Josef Township that afternoon. The sun was out and the weather was reasonably warm. We checked into the Rainforest Resort motor park, which had its own bar with meal deals. We parked Red Dwarf in amongst the foliage and went to suss the place out. We had read a leaflet in Greymouth about Franz Josef Glacier, and had decided to do a glacier valley walk the following day with a guide. We went to reception to book it, and the girl advised us to pay a little extra and go on a half day glacier walk on the next glacier, Fox. The glacier valley walk we could do ourselves. So our plan was to walk the Franz Josef valley the following day, and then head down to Fox the day after, on ... read more
Franz Joseph Glacier Valley
Army-outty photo
Franz Joseph Glacier

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Franz Josef May 21st 2012

George (with commentary by Carla): On Tuesday we go to the airplane museum where there are lots of life-size model planes and some of them are flyable, and one of them is the only one of its kind left in the world. Some of the models are very odd. The drive down from Linkwater to Blenheim took us from fjords, inlets and wooded hills into the big country of fertile plains and vineyards. The New Zealand Royal Air Force has a base at Blenheim as there’s lots of flatness to land planes on. Peter Jackson the film director has also located his WW1 aeroplanes museum here, capitalising on the space available in the same way. It’s called the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre and it focuses on planes and flyers of WW1 both on the Allied and ... read more
Aviation Museum Blenheim (4)
Cloudy Bay (1)
Cloudy Bay - Yummy

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Franz Josef May 18th 2012

Well, it's been a while. My only excuse is that I really haven't had a chance to update the blog because I've been enjoying myself a bit too much. Seems fair enough to me. Anyway, think the last time I checked in was in Brisbane so I shall tell you my story from there. After I left mike's I went down to Surfer's Paradise for a day where I took a surfing lesson for a couple of hours and spent the rest of the day working on my tan! The next day I moved on down to Byron Bay and I really loved it there. It was quite a small little place but was really relaxed. No one was in a hurry and I just chilled out for most of the time i was there. I ... read more
Byron Bay beach
On my walk to the lighthouse
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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Franz Josef May 3rd 2012

Franz Josef is a small town no bigger than Killybegs that has a huge draw card – the beauty of snow-capped peaks looming over the alpine themed landscapes at ground level with a huge glacier hidden between them.Visiting the glacier was always on my bucket list for NZ, I don’t know why apart from I saw other people’s photos and thought it looked special. When we arrived we did a bit of research in the iSite and then at Franz Josef Glacier Guides. The girls we met at the Waitomo Caves mentioned that the glacier is only accessible by helicopter and this proved to be true. A couple of months ago the whole terminal face (where the glacier ends) fell off and it is now unsafe to hike from the bottom up through the glacier. The ... read more
Getting ready for Tour
Our Helicopter
Our Helicopter Trip

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

Franz Josef Glazier its on the west cost of NZ is one of three unique glaziers in the world- the other being 20 mins down the road and the 3rd in Argentina. What is so unique is that the glazier is not in a cold area rather a rainforest tropical one in NZ. The Southern Alps mountains receive so much rain and when it settles on the top of the mountain it settles as snow. This then compacts as ice and slides down the mountain like a river- it is actually flowing! So we booked our guided hike with some trepidation as this was one of the highlights for me and would it live up. The photos show it did, 7 hours hiking on snow, crawling through crevasses and climbing through naturally made tunnels. The day ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Franz Josef March 18th 2012

Hi Everyone, Our biggest adventure came next when we arrived in Taupo. This is one of the places to do a sky dive. Our names were down and there was no backing out. Everyone who wanted to do it on our bus was doing it so at least we got to do it with friends. When we got to the centre we were shown a video of what it looked like. i dont think it was a good idea as it scared more people. We eventually got suited up and went up in the plane. We flew to 1500 ft and went for it. just like everyone else had said, it was amazing. that gave us a rush for the rest of the day and we celebrated in the evening with everyone. we had 2 days ... read more

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