Hokitika, Okarito and 3144 Glaciers

Firstly. Happy birthday to two of my daughters Honor (16….on – 31st Aug) and Matilda (21….. on 1st Sept) sort of today here for both. Cool!

I’m sad I’m not there in person but here’s a blog in your names. Love hugs and kisses! Big ones for Hedy too, whose 18th was on 8th Aug.

MASSIVE ! – SPECIAL AGES FOR ALL OF YOU!

My Oh My…. what an amazing last few days. A journeying down further south, I took a long detour to check out the glacial pools at Hokitika Gorge and the grey receded like an old dream.  I’m not going to rabbit on but, a quick thing……….as I get closer to the glaciers the water becomes more filled with sediment which reflects light in a very special way – as you will now see!!!!

Fear not…….Zen-boy is back after Greyland.

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Moving on though. I had heard there was a wicked beach, where I could freedom camp, at a place called Okarito, just outside Franz Josef. A great view of the three major glaciers, Franz Josef, Mt Cook and Fox, I was told. The weather cleared for the first time in weeks so the spirit-guides be praised. What a sight, for my sore eyes, and well set up for getting  a bit of a glacier experience in the next morning.

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A mad dash to Franz airport (tiny) as there’s a bargain trip on a, nearly empty, flight. Only three people so we have 2 seats each (left and right) Top Trumps! I’ve learnt that there are 3144 glaciers here and I think I saw just about all of them from that tiny plane. Here’s the pick of the pics. Its so difficult to get a sense of the scale of this place in a photograph, but I had fun trying.

   Socks about to be blown straight off.

Bonus material on the way up and back down over the meltwater rivulets.

AND THATS NOT ALL!!!!!

After that magical hour I wandered in to town and decided a bit of Glacier treking up on Franz Josef was in order. The weather was better than it’s been for years apparently…… so ….GET IN! (the helicopter)

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COOL

I’m off for a hut tub. Thermal/Glacial springs of course.

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