After we left Hector, we passed the pancake rocks. This was an amazing stop in our days travel. We didn’t really know what to expect and spent solid hour just lost in the raw beauty.
Here’s the first sighting of snow!
It’s amazing to me that we can travel just minutes and go from seaside and rainforest to glacier…
We were set for two days at Fox Glacier but the tour was too strenuous for my skill level and the bed was ungodly uncomfortable so we just took the ‘short’ walk to the terminus of the glacier and saw the cave from where the river emerges. A very spectacular site even from the distance and I would not have traded the tramping in the rain for anything – even crossing the glacial run off!
As our night was so spectacularly miserable we opted to drive on to Haast and found a lovely accommodation with a beautiful conservatory to relax and play games in.
Mary took time that evening to wander the beach and cam back alerting me to the fact that there was a sign saying the pass was closed due to a landslip (when part of a mountain crumbles it’s not a slip it’s a landSLIDE) Any way we started to restructure our trip as the detour means driving up the way we came and crossing the island at the north but we researched the issue and found that the pass was open during the day (hopefully) so we braved it and headed out toward Wanaka…
Here are the photos from the actual site about an hour in to the pass road…
They have been working on it since September and expect to be completed the end of January…
We passed three lovely falls on this road, Roaring Billy Falls which had a lovely walking trail that ended in a bench and a not legal, but well traveled path to the river bed that walked us out to the falls – so lovely!
Then to Thunder Creek where the sun came out and the water was that spectacular blue!
And finally Fantail Falls that was across a creekbed where visitors had erected stone altars – they were more fascinating to me than the falls.
The we drove to Wanaka and found this!!
What a great place to spend a couple of hours getting rid of the road weariness –
The illusion rooms were fabulous too.
The hostel here is one of the loveliest we’ve stayed at and they have a wonderful sense of humor
Right now it’s a lovely rainy morning and we are both catching up on our blogs before leaving for our long drive to Te Anau and then on to Milford Sound for a boat cruise. Don’t know when we’ll have internet that allows pictures again but there will certainly be text blogs as long as I can connect!
FYI to everyone, I’m really getting road weary and seriously considering coming home after the trip to NZ finishes – no definitive decision today but the pull is really, really strong to be home. Travel is awesome, and four months is either my limit, or my first transition point.
love to you all family, friends, dear ones and acquaintances…