Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers
The two glaciers lie side by side and have shrunk massively in the last 100 years.
There is a board at Franz Josef’s Glacier that says that the glacier reached this point in 1867 – today you go for 45 minutes and still is not quite at the beginning of the ice field!
Fox Glacier has a hiking trail and a scenic trail – we took the scenic trail.
This leads 15 minutes through the jungle! Almost more interesting than the view to the glacier …
Only when we come to the lakes Lake Wanaka and Hawea, we are rewarded with new views.
Wanaka National Transport Museum
The name does not quite fit. The museum is located at the airport and is spread over several former airports.
The museum is a dream for big and small children – an absolute must!
During lunch, Kasia bought some postcards in the restaurant shop.
On one were very beautiful cliffs to see, but we did not look where they are (was written on the postcard).
On the way to Christchurch, we saw a sign “Clay Cliffs 10km” and we turned on good luck.
After a few kilometers was then a sign that the cliffs on private land and you should pay for the transit / donate – what we have of course.
This was the reward:
If you go on, you come to a narrow passage. Behind it hides a natural wonder!
We stood in a kind of cathedral made of rocks, fantastically beautiful! It was one of the most wonderful experiences of the journey so far.
What we learned about the south island:
- It makes no sense going there if you not have at lease 14 days to spend!
- Drive clockwise so it will be easier to stop at sight seeing points
- Or spent a lot of money for helicopter or airplain flights…