travelling from Frans Josef to Wanaka
10.03.2008 - 10.03.2008 23 °C
The definition of heartbreak is not when your misses has left you or you have just pranged your brand new car, it is getting up in the morning with not a cloud in the sky surrounded by hills and a glacier and not being able to hardly walk because you did a big hill in the rain the day before. Yep as is usually the case the weather was fantastic today, although later on it did cloud over so we still probably would not have had a view (I keep telling myself that anyway), after our rain sodden trek yesterday. You win some you loose some I suppose and today the result was pretty much a England cricket score, a loss.
So we packed the van up and went over to Fox Glacier which is in the next valley across. Even though we had pretty much exhausted glaciers it was well worth the short drive as it is so different to Frans Josef and just a spectacular. We did see the Fox glacier guides going up as well and it seamed a more of a low key affair with small groups going up and one guide, which taking nothing from Frans Josef guides, I think would have suited us two more rather than the production line we had.
Then we trundled down to Wanaka in the centre of the South Island and because we had gone a fair way inland the amount of annual rainfall drops and the scenery takes on a whole new pattern. Most of the mountains around here have a distinct lack of forest, I think making them far more spectacular. Looking like the Scottish hills and with a glorious day the whole area around Wanaka is just awe inspiring.
The Top 10 campsite is great again, if not a little out of town but nothing too challenging for us two whipper snappers, and the town itself is great. Not too commercialised but enough to have good bars and restaurants and loads of activities.
This is Ski resort area in the winter so all the houses have logs burners, which I was checking out having installed one myself. (sad I know). So thumbs up to Wanaka. We have another day here and we have the option of sailing on the Lake or Mountain biking again, as it is a big biking area. Depends on the weather.
Comedy moment of the day: Booking into the campsite the guy said he could not give us a front site tonight but could tomorrow. Julian reply’s why we need a front site and he said so we could have a view. Julian’s reply “a view of what”. The guy looked dumb founded as the site overlooked Wanaka!!!