Pancake rocks, blow holes and Wanaka
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We spent the night in Greymouth and then headed up to the Pancake rocks and blow holes on a rainy morning. It was a 45 minute drive up the coast which gave us the opportunity to sample the beautiful scenery and very windy roads along the coast. It took us about 45 minutes to get to the blow holes and a they were well marked with a little walk round them- not really off the beaten track! The pancake rocks were bascially stacks of horizontal rocks that as the name suggested looked like pancakes. The blow holes were a lot more spectacular, the sea was very angry today and raged through the rocks. If you listened hard enough you could capture an enormous spray of the sea water through the blow hole. When the sun came out this created rainbows that originated in the sea.
After our little excursion it was a long ride ahead to get as far as we could get on the road to Queenstown.
We drove for a couple of hours stopping for our picnic lunch of peanut butter and jam sandwiches and then made our way inland to the glaicers. We stopped in Franz Josef to pick up a map and then partially drove and then walked to a viewing point. It was just amazing to see this glacier so close. I would have loved to have walked on it, but we had neither the time or the budget to do it. It wil go on the list for next time.
After staring in awe at the glacier and being astounded at how much it had retreated in the last couple of hundred years, we drove the short distance to the fox glacier. We were able to view the glacier from the side of the road and it was equally as amazing. We didn´t have time to stop too long and we piled back in the car. We reached Wanaka at about 8.30pm at night and managed to get a bed in a hostel just as reception was closing. Wanaka is a lovely little town surrounded by lakes and snowy mountains. Its definately a skiing town with lots of little cafes and ski shops. As its not the season at the moment it was very quiet and almost felt like a ghost town. It was also very cold and I was glad of my hat and gloves.
A sleepy night in Wanaka and then a chilled out day- we drank proper hot chocolates, did the obligatory washing and then hit the road to Queenstown which now wasn´t too far away.
On the way to Queenstown we had lunch in a pretty little town called Arrowtown. It had one shopping street which was very touristy, we sampled fudge and dodged Japenese tourists. It looked so pretty partly due to the autumn colours of the trees which lined the streets and the snowy mountians all around.
We arrived into Queenstown and found a great hostel with our own four person apartment, a spa and free soup in the evening. We were so excited about having our own apartment especially once we looked at the view out of our window with the remarkables mountian range.