New Zealand: Part 3

Along the West Coast of the South Island we stopped at many stops taking in plenty  nature. Today’s post is going to highlight a few of those stops!

First up, we started our morning off with a hike around Lake Matheson near the Fox Glacier. This was a pretty walk that wasn’t very strenuous to get our morning started.

The Pretty LakeIMG_7236In this next picture, the Fox Glacier is the faint line you see on the Mountain.
IMG_7243The Trail
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Next on the day’s agenda, we headed to the Fox Glacier. We found this to be a cool stop and a tad bit more difficult of a hike. It was cool to see the glacier water running through the river and every so often you would see huge chunks of ice. Due to global warming the glacier is receding at a pretty quick pass. They had two viewing areas to see the glacier. Unless you were on a guided tour, you were not able to get very close to the glacier for safety reason. The first viewing spot was the most difficult to get to because it was an up hill hike! Needless to say we both got our exercise on this day!

Glacier River Run OffIMG_7284Fox GlacierIMG_7293IMG_7290 IMG_7291 IMG_7297 IMG_7304 IMG_7312

That rounded out our day were we spent the night in Greymouth. Not much to say about the actual town, but the campground was right on the beach and we had a good meal at the Montheith Brewery in town.

Taylor Relaxing on the BeachIMG_7320

The next day we countiuned our journey north with a stop at a Maori Sea Cave. This stop was a complete obscure stop that we wouldn’t have found without our travel book. It started with a walk over an old bridge, past an old mining cave, under an underpass, through someone’s backyard and up some stairs. Random, I know. What we found at the end of  our journey was a cool cave that overlooked the ocean. A well worth it stop!

The Bridge
IMG_7406The Old Mining CaveIMG_7407

The Final DestinationIMG_7418IMG_7413 IMG_7415 IMG_7435 IMG_7441

The next stop was at Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and Blow Holes. The rock formations created by the ocean looked like stacks upon stacks of giant pancakes. We arrived right after high tide and saw a few of the blow holes in action, but it was hard to get pictures of. IMG_7334 IMG_7335 IMG_7337 IMG_7356 IMG_7357 IMG_7379 IMG_7384 IMG_7394

Our last stop of the day was a the Maruia Falls. We ate our late lunch here and a brief walk. IMG_7445 IMG_7447

We continued the drive north to Moteuka for the night. Between the two days we drove about 400 km. Next weeks post, we’ll round out our trip with our adventures sea kayaking, the Marlborough wine region, and the trip back south to Christchurch.

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