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NZ 2012 – Day 10 – Franz Josef to Greymouth

Jul 25, 12 at 1:21 am

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Day 10
Franz Josef to Greymouth

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Our journey so far has brought us to many and incredible things that we have not seen before. We have seen the ridiculously breathtaking lakes, mountains and seas. What else is there we have yet to explore? Walking on glacier? Let’s do it!

We were dead worried prior to signing up the half day glacier walk package. We totally had no idea how difficult the walk would be. We played mind games with each other trying to convince that the walk would be a fun one, but deep inside, we know it will not be an easy walk.

Franz Josef Glacier Guides is just a mere 5 minutes walk from our hostel. After signing the indemnity form, we were ushered to a room to get our walking boots, crampons and jackets. Then, we waited for the bus which got us to the starting point of the walk.

Franz Josef Glacier Guides
Franz Josef Glacier Guides

The Franz Josef (Ka Roimata o Hinehukatere in Māori) is a 12 km long glacier located in Westland Tai Poutini National Park on the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island. Together with the Fox Glacier 20 km to the south, it is unique in descending from the Southern Alps to less than 300 metres (980 ft) above sea level, amidst the greenery and lushness of a temperate rainforest.

NZ 2012 – Day 9 – Wanaka to Franz Josef Glacier

Jul 24, 12 at 12:56 am

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Day 9
Wanaka to Franz Josef

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We started the day with overcast sky, and sensing that rain would come soon, we hurriedly moved on to the day’s itinerary.

Stuart Landsborough’s Puzzling World is located just a mere 5 minutes drive from our hostel and it is one of the must-visit places in Wanaka.

Stuart Landsborough’s Puzzling World is a world unique attraction specialising in puzzling eccentricity. For over 35 years this remarkable business has entertained and amazed visitors of all ages attracted to this beautiful part of the world. Puzzling World offers the world’s first “3-D” Great Maze, incredible Illusion Rooms, a Puzzle Centre/Café, large Gift Shop, eccentric architecture and the intriguing Psychic Challenge.

Puzzling World

NZ 2012 – Day 8 – Queenstown to Wanaka

Jun 19, 12 at 8:52 am

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Day 8
Queenstown to Wanaka

Queenstown to Arrowtown to Wanaka

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We were definitely having a great holiday so far! Starting from the minute we touched down until Day 7, we have been enjoying our limited stay in NZ. With all the activities that we had so far, we did not realize that our trip is coming to an end soon. We just wanted to enjoy the moment as much as we could!

Our Day 8 started at Queenstown, and we drove leisurely towards Arrowtown, located about 20 minutes drive away.

Arrowtown
Autumn

NZ 2012 – Day 7 – Queenstown

Jun 14, 12 at 11:30 am

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Day 7
Queenstown

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Our day started with typical breakfast consisting of bread, muesli, mushroom soup, soy milk and energy bars. Way too healthy for us. 🙂

We then took a brief walk to the Real Journeys office located just 3 minutes from our hostel and immediately we saw the classic TSS Earnslaw Steamship docking proudly at the jetty.

TSS Earnslaw @ Queenstown
TSS Earnslaw

NZ 2012 – Day 6 – Te Anau to Milford Sound to Queenstown

May 16, 12 at 12:42 am

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Day 6
Te Anau – Milford Sound – Queenstown

Te Anau to Milford Sound to Queenstown

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I was sort of looking forward to Day 6 because of Milford Sound. I’ve read so many exciting stories about the place prior to the trip and now, everything will be fully unveiled in front of my own eyes. I couldn’t even sleep properly the night before as I kept thinking about the place.

But first, I had to get over the slight disappointment when I found out that it was still raining when I woke up the following day. Feeling helpless about the weather, we packed our bags before checking out from the hostel.

It was still dark when we hit the road. Coupled with rain, our designated driver took the road with extra attention.

I couldn’t recall much what happened during the journey as I dozed off halfway. Somehow when I woke up, the skies have brighten up but the rain still did not even budge a bit. However, with brighter skies now, we could see much more – with mountains on both sides of the road, but they were no ordinary mountains. Hundreds of waterfalls were lining up the walls of those mountains. The scene was so gorgeous that we even stopped by the roadside to get better view. Thanks for the persistent rain, otherwise we wouldn’t able to witness such jaw-dropping scenery.

Milford Sound
Temporary waterfalls.. Such a scene..

NZ 2012 – Day 5 – Dunedin to Te Anau

May 7, 12 at 11:06 pm

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Day 5
Dunedin – Te Anau

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After two great days in Dunedin, it was time to pack our bags and continue our journey. After checking out from YHA, we drove south towards Balclutha.

We stumbled upon another scenic stop on the way and decided to take a quick detour. Lake Waihola was shrouded in mist that morning but still breathtaking in its own way. We only managed to stay for few minutes as it was very cold.

Lake Waihola
Misty Waihola