Down under – part 3

We left Queenstown and stayed overnight in Cardrona, between Queenstown and Wanaka. The following morning saw a short drive to Lake Wanaka followed by a trip to Stuart Landsborough’s Puzzling World. Not a huge place, but pretty interesting – particularly the Ames Forced Perspective Room – apparrently the technique of this illusion was used in The Lord of the Rings film to create tall people and little people. And a lesson learned from the maze – make sure everyone has been to the loo before you enter!

From here we drove up the west coast of the south island to Fox Glacier – the name of the glacier and nearby town. From this visit, I get the impression that the west coast of NZ’s south island is the wettest – it certainly was whilst we were there. Too wet for hiking up to the glacier anyway. Well, that’s the excuse we used to book a short, but exciting helicopter ride over Fox Glacier – fantastic!

Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier

From Fox Glacier we drove to Greymouth, but due to the bad weather, instead of doing the Tranz-Alpine railway (one of the world’s most picturesque rail journeys) or staying in Greymouth, we decided to carry on all the way to Nelson – 300miles that day in total. Not a huge amount on UK roads, but on NZ’s winding coastal and mountain roads, that was a bit of a challenge!

Our arrival in Nelson saw an improvement in the weather, and we visited somewhere where we had holidayed a number of years ago – Kaiteriteri. Beautiful beaches and missed opportunity – we had briefly toyed with buying an investment property their 10 years ago, but decided the other side of the workl was a little impractical. Now it’s dubbed as millionaires’ paradise, as that’s what has happened to property prices there! Oh well.

Whilst at Kaiteriteri we took a boat trip around the Abel Tasman – a beautiful stretch of the top of NZ’s south island – the highlight of which was all the seals lounging in the sun on a small island.

Split Apple Rock - Abel Tasman

Split Apple Rock - Abel Tasman

After a few days in Nelson, we headed for Picton and the Interislander Ferry. After 2,000km of driving, we were ready to move our journey from the south to the north island.


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2 Responses to Down under – part 3

  1. Alastair says:

    This brings back many memories – Abel Tasman NP being my favourite spot, with the two glaciers (Franz Joseph and Fox) not far behind. Generally, I was luckier with the weather although it also rained on both of my visits to the glaciers. On my second visit, my brother and I walked onto the Fox Glacier in gentle drizzle but by the time we returned the rain was torrential and minor streams that we had crossed easily on the way up had become mini-raging torrents and far more of a challenge to cross. Afterwards, my brother literally poured the water out of his day sack! Still good fun though.

    • Richard says:

      And my mobile stopped working!

      Also brings back many memories. I will have to start saving so that we can make another trip…..!

      Enjoy the rest of your time out there.

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