This weekend we finally reached the South Island, which everyone has been raving about since we got to New Zealand. It is pretty incredible here though, the landscape and the mountains are amazing.
We took the ferry across from Wellington in the north island last weekend, and since then we've just been staying in very small, very deserted towns; Nelson, Greymouth, and now Franz Josef (earlier we took a little walk into town...well, the main street, and yes, it is dead). You don't realise quite how empty New Zealand is till you reach the south island. Not much to do here after sunset! Loads of nice hostels though with wooden fires and free evening soup (which is a nice welcome after the cold day).
Today we took a good little trek to Franz Josef glacier for a stroll on the nice. The crampons did take some getting used to, but it was awesome - some spectacular scenes. You don't realise just how huge the glacier is till you are on it and see tiny tiny people off in the distance.
Tomorrow we are off to Queenstown where I will brave a Bungy jump on the famous 'Nevis'. Oh dear.
I've uploaded pictures on my photo site, if you'd like to check them out: http://gaellespictures.blogspot.com/2010/05/more-new-zealand.html