Blustery winds today. It isn’t meant to rain until late afternoon/evening so we are seizing the day. Lunch at The Fork and Tap in Arrowtown now. We plan to look around the Chinese settlement and browse through shops before going back to Queenstown. We would like to take the gondola and let the kids do the luge but it may be too windy. Sofia also wants to go to the Kiwi Birdlife Centre.
We only made it out towards Glenorchy today. We stopped there for coffee then drove around to Kinloch where we climbed the treehouse, threw rocks into the lake and river and played on the beach. We picked up a couple of British blokes needing a ride. They had just finished the Routeburn and Greenstone Tracks and had a long, long trek back to their car at the head of the Routeburn Track. We drove them all the way to their car. After a toilet break we drove out on an out-of-the-way road up the Rees Valley which turned out to be spectacular. We then walked quite a distance on the Rees/Dart Track. Not another soul in sight. Bliss.
It is now 5pm and we are headed back to our house to eat dinner. More adventures tomorrow.
Above photo is on the road to Glenorchy from Queenstown.
Today we plan to see Glenorchy, Arrowtown and then some things around Queenstown. We actually had a minute of sunshine, the first we have had since we landed here. It is sprinkling rain. I can live with that.
We went shopping last night at New World. Instead of spending so much money on going out for meals we can cook some at the house.
The rain started yesterday afternoon and hasn’t stopped absolutely pouring down since. We went over to Lake Matheson yesterday but didn’t make the trek out to see it since everything was overcast and the clouds were rolling over the mountains. Instead we had lunch and let the kids run. Today we leave Fox Glacier and drive a few hours to Queenstown via Haast Pass (last time we came through here in 2006 there was a landslide!). We have four nights in Queenstown and three nights in Te Anau. If it ever stops raining we should be able to see and do so much.
Overcast day without rain. We rolled out of bed and hurried to get out the door to see the glacier in case of rain. Short drive to the car park. The path up to the glacier was an hour or so return. The kids rocked it and didn’t complain one bit until the very end. This was miraculous because it was a fairly steep climb up the path. Another very sad sight…this glacier has retreated as well. It doesn’t seem as bad as Franz Josef but still much further back than it was in 2006. Now we are off to Lake Matheson to NOT see Mt Cook.
Day 2. Greymouth to Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers. Departed Greymouth 10am. It rained overnight but held off quite a while as we drove. Now we have light but persistent rain. Lunch at a little cafe in Hari Hari. Let’s hope the rain doesn’t get any worse so we can see Franz Josef glacier without getting soaked.