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day before this blog - on way to Wanaka
Ok, so the first week has been pretty chilled travel-wise in the South Island but the current few days are pretty intensive. On Saturday morning we left Abel Tasman National Park and by Monday night we'll be near Milford Sound - probably about 1300km's worth of driving. Given all the twisty and turny, up and down hill roads we've been on - I've been really glad to drive a nice automatic - much less stress than to be changing gear every 5 seconds.

Anyway... I write this on monday morning, overlooking the huge Lake at the Beautiful town of Wanaka - about an hour north of Queens Town. I'm checking the sky contemplating a Parachute Jump but it's looking a bit cloudy so I may wait till we hit Queens Town later on in the week when we return from Milford Sounds.
Wanaka Lake - as viewed from a pub!


We'll probably have a walk this morning, a spot of lunch, another walk and then another mammoth drive late afternoon - much like the last two days really. Saturday gave us a visit to Nelson Lake a couple of hours after leaving Marahau - home of an incredibly large number of flies and the cheekiest ducks ever - one pecked a sandwich right out of lou's hand and ran off with it! The rest of the day saw us drive through amazing gorges all the way to the wave-battered west coast where we had a stop at the rather peculiar, but very cool, Pan Cake Rocks before moving onto Hokiti which is apparently the world centre of Jade Sculpture and artisanship where the streets bustle with life......

...uhuh, yeah, not really sure about that - the town has 3 roads with some stores on, we saw about 6 people one of whom was a red-skinned, bald man in dungarees ranting to himself and about 3 jade shops.
Iron Mountain view of Wanaka
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Surprisingly enough we didn't stay very long, feeling quite lucky to get out the place without being body snatched and finally made our way to the tiny but nice-vibed Franz Joseph Glacier Township.

Sunday, the cloudiest, wettest day so far gave us a chance to see a sodden Franz Joseph and Fox Glacier - they were both really impressive and quite breath-taking; our favourite was Fox though - much more extreme landscape and cleaner looking glacier. Between glacier tramping we had what has to be described as the best coffee and cake break yet experienced! It was at Matherson Lake - in a misty cloudy period where we really couldn't see much at all we got to this oasis of a coffee shop and had this banana cake with a Pineapple, Passion fruit and Banana icing - it was incredible!!! really can't emphasise enough! :-)

Anyway.
...and another
.. after the glaciers it was basically driving, driving, driving, driving. In many other countries it would have been really boring but here, even in the mist the constantly changing landscape of mountains, jungle, coastline, wide open planes, lakes and waterfalls kept us interested the whole trip till we eventually got to Wanaka....

...where they'd only booked Lou a dorm bed..ah....um...awkward... Thankfully they took the lead on the mix up and gave me a mattress on the floor for free so we ended up both getting a nights kip and a warm shower for about £9 between us - all good! :-)

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day before this blog - on way to W…
day before this blog - on way to …
Wanaka Lake - as viewed from a pub!
Wanaka Lake - as viewed from a pub!
Iron Mountain view of Wanaka
Iron Mountain view of Wanaka
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...and another
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...erm...and another
..lou tramping in Wanaka
..lou tramping in Wanaka
road tripping - this time through …
road tripping - this time through…
..and another
..and another
arriving at our place nr Te Anau
arriving at our place nr Te Anau
and again :-)
and again :-)
Wanaka
photo by: Koralifix