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it’s going to be a long day on the road!

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Today, we were once again going to have an entire day on the road. If you really want to see things (if they don’t get cancelled here with the strange weather and all), you always have to wake up early and second of all, drive a whole part of the day to even get where you want to go. For us, this was going to be Fox Glacier and today we were going to drive for about 6 hours in total.


We left quite early after breakfast and about an hour and a half, it could be a little bit more, we suddenly hear the theme song of the Simpsons playing out loud, what the heck??? I didn’t realize it immediately since I had gone back to sleep but it seemed we were going to stop in Springfield and of course, people who life here do stupid things and they just made a giant donut which was on display in the middle of the town. I admit, I would be so embarrassed if it was my hometown, but on the other hand it is also quite funny to look at, especially with the mountains in the background.

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After this little intermezzo we drove onwards for a while, I can’t exactly say how long coz I dozed off again only to notice that Helen was saying something about a scene which was filmed here of one of the Narnia movies. For most people in the bus this obviously meant a great deal, so we made a quick stop here as well and half an hour later we made a first real stop at Arthur’s pass to grab a bite to eat and a cup of coffee for the once who needed it.


Me and Tania became addicted to the Chai Latte here in this country, so the only thing we order lately is that kind of coffee and to be truthful, I don’t know why I didn’t try it before, but it is definitely worth it and I guess it will be a true remembrance of this holiday everywhere we are going to drink it.

Back on the road again, we drove further and further along the highway till we reached the town of Hokitika, where we had some free time on our hands. Like most of the towns we came across, this one wasn’t too big either, but it is known for it’s green stone and 1 other icon here in NZ, the kiwi!


The national kiwi centre houses one and if you like to see it, you have to be very quite and also have very good eye side coz this bird lives in the dark. We were lucky to see it wandering around and got fed. Furthermore the centre houses a few big eals in a very large aquarium as well as a tuatara which is endemic to NZ, it is not that big, but very cute to look at, just as is the other famous mammal.

In the early afternoon, we drove on again and this time it really started to rain. Actually rain isn’t the right word, it looked like they were pooring buckets of water down on us and we drove like that for a few hours till we finally arrived at our destination, Fox Glacier.

Normally we should be seeing beautiful mountains and even the walk towards Lake Matheson is really worthwhile, but you just couldn’t see a thing. Everything was in a haze and rain kept on coming down on us. It was just awful and the moral wasn’t all that good.

One dronk guy told me after dinner that the best thing to do when it rains that much, is to wash it away with Jack Daniels and you forget about everything! Sounded interesting, but to be honest, I wasn’t that desperate, so instead I just took a hot shower and went to bed early, hoping that tomorrow would bring a better and brighter day.

Posted by Ils1976 10:34 Archived in New Zealand Tagged landscapes mountains people rain city road tour sightseeing group oceania musea grey_weather

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I do feel for you with so much rain on this trip. On the bright side, it must have been cool to see the kiwi :)

by ToonSarah

it surely was. Sadly enough we didn't see much indigenous animals, but we did saw that one! :)

by Ils1976

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