Booking our Glacier hike for 11.40am meant a bit of a lie in for us today and we even had time to go to the bakery for breakfast! Success.
We went to the Glacier Guide office to get checked in and fill out the forms, only to find in the small print that it said they were not liable if we ended up getting stuck on the glacier for the night. Good to know.
So with that bit of comforting information, we got fully suited and booted and then went to get a helicopter up to the glacier. The helicopter ride was already worth the money for me so I couldn't wait for the rest of the day!
When we got up there we put on our crampons which allowed us to walk easily on the ice and made our way up the glacier, going through some caves and valleys and jumping across huge cracks in the glacier.
Half way through the hike we reached the most scenic point, where our guide jokingly told us that it was common for people to get naked for a photo. So naturally, we agreed. Definitely not something you do every day! (It also seems important to mention at this point that we had 10 girls in our group and our guide was a very good looking 20 year old kiwi!)
We also timed the photo very well as just as we got changed back, the group after us (also from our kiwi bus) turned up - it could've been very awkward!
After that bit of excitement was over we made our way through another glacial cave and back to the helicopter pad for another amazing helicopter ride back down from the glacier.
Once we grabbed some lunch we decided to go back to the hot pools with everyone and spent a good 2 hours relaxing in them before we resembled prunes and thought it was a good time to get out.
When we were having dinner a bit later on, David and I realised this was our last evening with everyone as we had booked to stay another night in Franz Josef. We were absolutely gutted! However, we were easily convinced to stay with the bus until Queenstown and so after speaking to our driver, who was more than happy to put us back on the bus, we changed our plans to leave in the morning. Last minute decisions are so stressful!
By the time we had sorted our new plans, the horizontal bungee game had already started in the bar. This is where 1 team player is attached to a bungee cord and has to run across the room to grab a beer. They are then flung back to their partner and give them the beer to down. Whoever gets the quickest time gets a free bungee and swing in Queenstown. However, the catch was (because there's always a catch) that the less clothes you wore, the more time they would take off your score. So once again, our bus being our bus, decided to get naked and won. There was far too much nudity in Franz Josef.
The drama of the horizontal bungee finished the day off and I went to bed, feeling very good about our change of decision to stay with our bus.