Te Anau to Picton
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April 11th, 2008 – by: AdsAims
After a hard earned rest we hit the road again this time heading towards the Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers.
After arriving in Franz Josef we did a bit of shopping around to find a good deal on a tour to the Glacier. There are loads of companies doing tours and treks etc. We settled on a 20 min helicopter ride which included a landing up there where you can get out and look around before you get too cold and have to set back off again! After waking up the next morning to amazing views of the mountin, we set off in our helicopter up to the glacier.
After our glacier experience we set off up the west coast and although we didn't intend to, we ended up driving for about 8hrs and got all the way up to Richmond, which is just down the road from Nelson! We stopped off a couple of times on the way though for lunch and to have a go on NZ's longest swing bridge. We had been on one of these swing bridges in Thailand (Do you remember that, Rosie??? Lol) but this was alot longer and alot swingy-er! I didn't mind it too much but Adam wasn't too keen on it! We also drove through Wakefield of all places on the way, and took loads of pics! We bought a pork pie from the butchers (who was English!) and had a stroll around the place.
The next day we visited Abel Tasman National park. This park has some amazing bays and beaches which are lapped by beautiful turquiose water. You can't drive through the park, you have to get a water taxi which stops off at the various bays. We decided to do a walk along the popular coastal track which can take 5 days to walk the whole thing! We opted for the 2 1/2 hour walk instead! It was the best walk I've ever done - so pretty! If you look at the pics you would be forgiven for thinking we were in Thailand again in the hot humid sun but it was pretty cold! Perfect walking weather!
Thursday started out very nicely. We had a walk around Nelson and a spot of lunch. It was nice and sunny and warmer than it had been when we were further down south.
The main reason to go to Blenhiem is for the wine tasting. There are around 40 wineries in the area, and all near to each other too! We hired some bikes from a guy called Nigel who also gave us some pointers on which wineries were good for certain types of wine, and a panier to carry all our bottles back with! We also met another couple who were doing the same thing and we spent a wonderful day together cycling from winery to winery and tasting lots of different wines! Lovely! We managed to get to 7 wineries, having a nice lunch and a glass of chardonnay (which I have discovered I like) in one, and 1 pub all in all. So as you can imagine at the end of the day we were slightly wobbley on our bikes and it was a good job the roads are pretty quiet around here!!!
Today (saturday) we are recovering, having a look round Blenhiem and we have just booked our ferry for tomorrow to get us over to the North Island!
Bye for now XX
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