Saw a great view of Wellington from the top of Mount Victoria on Monday morning and then had a really nice ferry jorney over to Picton with some great views.
The first stop was Nelson fairly small but it had a nice feel to it. From here we explored the Abel Tasman national park. We did a four hour walk along tha coast from a place called Marahau to Anchorage Bay, and that was one of the shortest. The weather was beautiful and so was the scenerey but the highlight was the water taxi back to Marahau, a small speed boat but it went some speed!
From Nelson we drove to Hokitika a very small town just south of Greymouth, famous for its Jade, it was just a stopover really but the town and hostel were nice enough. On the way we saw the pancake rocks and blow holes at Punakaki. They were very tall rock formations that apparently looked like stacks of pancakes from weathering and erosion and stuff! Quite cool to see.
On wednesday we drove to Fox Glaceir via its neighbour Franz Josef, 20 mins down the road. Its amazing to be driving along and then see a huge gaclier appear in the distance on the mountain! We (me, millie and Angela) did a hel-hike on Fox Galcier. This has too be one of the highlights of the trip so far! You are taken by helicopter on a ten minute scenic flight up to the middle of the glacier and then landed on it! You're then met by your guide who took us on a two hour walk aroung the glacier. We saw ice caves, briges, pools, waterfeatures and crawled though ice tunnels and cravices! It was an unforgetable expereince!
We are now in Queenstown which looks like what i imagine a swiss ski resort to look like. Very nice anyway. Its the home of adventure sports so watch this space to see if we try any!
Time is flying!