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.
The rain stopped when we got into the mountains. The wispy clouds hugged the mountains and it was gorgeous. We had an encounter with cheeky keas trying to chew the car antennae. We are now at our motel in Greymouth where the sun is shining. Off to enjoy the rest of the daylight. Tom will post some photos later tonight.
Rain! And more forecast.
We arrived into Christchurch without issue last night. It took an hour from the time we got off the plane to get through immigration, pick up luggage and go through customs. It was a short drive to Airport Palms Motel which was new, modern and comfortable. Bedtime was 1:15am (11:15 Sydney time). We were all up at 8am (6am Sydney). After a quick bite to eat we got dressed and packed our things to hit the road.
Today we are driving from Christchurch to Greymouth/Hokitika via Arthur’s Pass. Outside of Christchurch we cross the Canterbury Plain before we reach the mountains and then to the Northwest coast.