Sunday, January 17, 2010

New Zealand Trip: Part 3

Monday 28th December

It was raining steadily when we left Nelson so we didn't stop at any of the "pick your own berries" farms we'd seen on our excursion to Richmond the day before. I did get to buy some raspberries from a roadside stall later on in the morning. They were cheap, and some of the best raspberries I'd ever had.

We drove to Cape Foulwind and walked out to the viewing point for the seal colony.
Cape Foulwind
Seals at Cape Foulwind
Then we went to Punakaiki to see the Pancake Rocks.  It was a stunning drive along the coast, more of those curvy roads again.
Pancake Rocks
These pancakes are a bit hard
And then on to Greymouth for the night. Gourmet dinner of baked beans and off to bed for the weary travellers.

Tuesday 29th December
Greymouth-Fox Glacier
We realised in Greymouth that it was starting to get cold. Cold and pouring with rain. Somehow in all the packing and planning, The Man had forgotten to pack either a jumper or his rain jacket so we started the day in Greymouth town attempting to find both. We managed to find a jumper and a rain poncho, then set off for Fox Glacier.

We drove up to the carpark at the base of Franz Josef glacier but decided not to do the walk in the rain. By the time we'd got to Fox Glacier township and checked into our motel, the rain had cleared so we went to Fox Glacier and did the terminal walk there. The guidebooks indicate that it's a 1hr round trip, and we were concerned about that with a 6 year old tagging along, but it certainly didn't seem like it was that long a walk. The glacier is stunning and breathtaking....and cold. I don't know why it surprised me that the wind blowing off a huge hunk of ice would be cold, but it did.
Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier
Fox Glacier
Waterfall, Fox Glacier
On the way back, The Boy fished a small piece of liberated glacier ice out of the stream and carried his little "iceberg" for a while.
The Boy with his "iceberg"

We had dinner at the Cook Saddle Saloon, then retired for the night.

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