Abel Tasman – Franz Josef and Fox glacier
After an amazing Ferry Crossing we arrived in Abel tasman Np. We thought spending some days here and enjoying the very nice beaches. However rain was our part. This park is very famous for kayaking the bays and beaches. This was however something we could not do. So we took a scenic boattour. Big mistake ! We were stuck for three hours on a taxi boat picking up hikers and kayakkers. At least we could see some seals playing around. It might have been the weather or the tiredness, because of the horrible night we had on a carpark in Nelson, but we decided to get going instead of staying in the park.
The next day was a better one, a lot of driving, but with a lot of stops.
First there was new zealands longest swingbridge. Another fear conquered for Tanne.
Another longer drive took us to the Alps where we wanted to see the glaciers. There are only a few glaciers in the world that descent to sealevel, and Franz Josef and Fox Glacier do that surrounded by tropical rainforest.
We did a longer hike to the base of the glacier. Inse and Tanne walked for nearly 3 hours now!!
We rewarded ourselves with a visit to the hotpools. The girls seemed to love it 🙂
Next day was time for our highlight : a scenic helicopterflight above the glaciers and snowlanding on top… WoW, wow wow that was very worth the money spend… Especially after the free upgrade we got from the owner !
Normally i need to walk for several hours or days for such a views, but this was a nice present to ourselves.