Day 21 – Franz Josef (getting up close and personal with a glacier)
The drive from Queenstown to Franz Josef was long (over 5 hours) but there were many beautiful scenic stops along the way. While driving past Lake Wanaka and Lake Hawea, we saw some gorgeous backdrop views. We drove through Mount Aspiring National Park (making our way through New Zealand’s Southern Alps) which was also very beautiful. The road then took us along the coast where we stopped to admire the ocean only to be swarmed by ankle biting sandflies (I’m itching my ankles as I write this blog post). Although today’s drive was extremely long, it was well worth the trip for the unique opportunity to hike up to and get close and personal with the Franz Josef glacier. Being so close to a glacier felt INCREDIBLE! In the late evening, we took a walk in the rainforest to observe New Zealand’s glowworms (magical, they look like stars on the ground).