Franz Joseph Travel Blog› entry 16 of 25 › view all entries
We've had the most fortunate time with the weather for the whole trip so far (except for the Bay of Islands!), so it had to give-up sometime! It gave-up in style at Franz Joseph Township, spectacularly soaking us to the skin in just a 5 minute walk back to our hostel! This meant very low visibility, which in turn meant that glacier visiting was pretty pointless. We had seen plenty of glaciers up-close and personal in Argentina, so it wasn't the end of the world for us. We hadn't booked any flights over the glaciers or the mountains, everything seemed to be grounded, which was a real shame for all the other people.
We were fortunate to have got to Lake Matheson on a very clear and still morning and got a few snaps of Mt Cook and Mt Tasman in the reflection of the lake. Despite the amount of people we saw in the car-park, in typical Kiwi style, it was a very peaceful area and there didn't seem to be many people about on the path round the lake.
We cracked-on heading to Wanaka, which we decided to stay in over Queenstown. It was another very beautiful drive and thankfully the roads straightend out a bit after some of the marathon snaking roads that brought us to The Glacier area.