Fox and Franz Joseph Glaciers
The drive from Queenstown to the Glaciers was an all day journey filled with yet more stunning scenery. We drove back up the hill to Wanaka, and then around Lake Hawea and Lake Wanaka.
|Our new trip mascot at Lake Hawea|
Our first stop was a short hike to see the Blue Pools near Makarora. I thought the name blue pools was a bit of a misnomer, they were more amazingly bright turquoise pools. There were quite a few people sitting in the sand enjoying the sun, but only a couple fools braved a dip in the chilly water.
|Amanda and Missy crossing one of the suspension bridges|
|Group shot at the Blue Pools|
|Our tourist pose|
The next stop was at Fantail Falls, and then just down the road again at Thunder Creek Falls. They were both gorgeous, though at that point we started to get a bit numb of gorgeous waterfalls! I could never get enough of that turquoise water though.
|View of Mt Brewster from the car|
|This is Phil's happy vacation face|
|Blue Pools at the base of the glacier|
We refuelled with dinner, and then we had just enough time to fit in one more walk before sunset. We drove to Lake Matheson and took a short walk to the Jetty Viewpoint. The lake is legendary for perfectly reflecting the nearby mountains off its surface. The only catch was the water had to be perfectly still, and unfortunately there was a light breeze keeping the water rippling. We laughed at all of the Europeans camped out at the viewpoint as the fog rolled in, ruining their view. The joke was ultimately on us though.
|Looking up at the glaciers from Lake Matheson|
|A partial reflection on the lake - and still an amazing scene|
The following morning we had plans to take a helicopter up to Franz Joseph Glacier and do a three hour glacier hike. Unfortunately the fog really set in the night before, and never quite cleared. The tour company rescheduled our trip a couple hours later, so we wandered around the tiny town until it was time. No luck though, so we ended up doing a hike to the base of Franz Joseph Glacier instead.
|Franz Joseph Glacier, with just a hint of blue sky|
|Sad to see how much it's changed in just a few years|
|Waterfalls down the canyon|
|The base of the glacier|
When we got to the terminal point, we got a call from the tour company rescheduling our glacier climb for the following morning. We were very excited that we'd finally have the chance to go.
|Group Pic at Franz Joseph|
|Anita, Amanda, and Phil|
The following morning it was even foggier than the previous day, so there was no chance of our going up in a helicopter that day either. Unfortunately we had to move on towards Christchurch, so after a group pout we saddled up and headed North.
|Sad that we couldn't go on our helicopter tour and glacier climb|