16/01/14 Day 10: We did a full day of guided glacier hiking at Fox Glacier! Summer’s the wettest season for glacier trekking, not ideal cos we had extremely damp conditions that made it torturous to wear cold and wet gloves. Our guide mentioned that winter was the best time for glacier hiking. We heard heaps of rockfalls throughout, waded through gushing glacier rivers, chewed on 70000 year old ice, and learnt how to use crampons. Having fallen on my ass twice… I was probably the most hopelessly clumsy person on the hike. Despite the bad weather, I loved every single bit of it! Would have gone on the helihike if I had the moolah $$$. Credits to Sam for half the photos cos I didn’t really wanna use my olympus in the rain.
15/1/14 Day 9: It took us almost the entire day driving along the west coast to Fox Glacier. Passing through Hokitika, Pete’s Possum Pies at the Bushman’s Centre in Pukekura… and finally arriving at Fox Glacier Campervan Park just before sunset. Somehow the weather was pretty unfavourable throughout our time in the west coast of the south island! I know this sounds sick but I really wanted to try a possum pie! … we didn’t make it in time for pies
15/1/14 Farewell Solomons… accidentally left them behind at the Punakaiki pancake rocks carpark =< I had to complete the rest of our trip with jellies and sandals cos I couldn’t find any waterproof tramping boots in my shoe size in the entire South Island that didn’t involve velcro strapping. Sigh.
15/01/14 Day 9: No tourist traveling along the west coast would give the Punakaiki Pancake rocks & Blowholes a miss. We went during summer early this year… hence the crowd. But we were fortunate enough to be there in the late morning when the hide tide comes in to create sea bursts through the limestone cracks. The vertical sprouts of water shooting through the blowholes that never fail to surprise the crowd with the feeling of ‘rain droplets’ after each sea burst. I think my first comment without noticing the blowholes was EH RAINING AH.