Sunday 15 April 2012
Day 379: Franz Josef
In a way, I didn't quite realise how far it is all the way down to Wanaka. Especially as I perhaps didn't take the fastest route. I wanted to go along the West Coast via the glaciers, just in case it is my last opportunity to see one (!) The last time I was down here, we went on a wild kiwi spotting tour in Okarito that was one of my most exciting experiences in New Zealand. This time I was just passing through, almost just stopping to sleep in the place. Franz Josef YHA is like Hanmer - one of the classiest. This is the view from my window:
In the morning, I went for a quick look at the glacier and another quick look at the forest. It had just rained on the West Coast so the forest was as I like them: all plump lichens and dripping mosses. I really didn't stay long though, because I wanted to get to Wanaka in time to hang out and relax a bit.