Greymouth - Franz Josef
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Once again we started on one road (the SH6) and stayed on it the whole way! We didn't have breakfast at out hotel so stopped off at The Junction Cafe at Kumara Junction (about 2km outside of Greymouth) I had some of the best pancakes ever at this cafe, the people that own it were very friendly, as well as being a cafe it is an arts and crafts shop.
Next stop was Hokitika... Hokitika is one of the old gold mining towns, but now is famous for its Pounamu (greenstone) and glass blowing. It is also famous for it's annual wildfoods festival where you can sample delicious foods such as hu hu grubs and wasp larvae ice cream.
Next stop was Ross, which is one of the tiniest places I have ever seen! There is basically one road that goes into Ross, and another road that goes out! Ross is also one of the towns that was involved in the Goldrush in the late 1800's, there are little museum type houses and a heritage centre which give loads of information about the history of the town, there are also loads of nature trail walks that you can go on and get amazing views.
Our last stop before we reached Franz Josef was Lake Mapourika... I satisfied my photo taking obsession by taking far too many photos!! Next stop... Franz Josef!
We stayed in the Franz Josef Glacier Hotel (part of the Scenic Circle Group) when we got there we were told that we had been upgraded from a room to a suite (woohoo!!) so basically instead of just a room, we had a bedroom, lounge, kitchen and bathroom as well as a balcony that looked out onto the main part of the hotel and the mountains. We spent the first afternoon pretty much just mooching around the town, looking in the shops and buying things that we really didn't need! As it got to late afternoon / evening mist started coming down from the mountains and sort of hovering above the roofs of the houses and hotels, it was one of the most bizarre things I have ever seen!