25.03.2007 - 02.04.2007
SO travelled over on the interisland ferry to Picton through the most spectacular Marlborough Sound and spent the afternoon travelling up the Queen Charlotte Track. Then Moved onto Nelson for a chill out day by the pool which was definatley the last day spent topping up my tan. We then travelled onto Able Tasman National Park but the views were spoilt by the rain and cold and staying on a place called Old MacDonalds Farm was exactly as you can imagine it! This is definatley a place to go back too with some good weather. I did a four hour walk in the morning and then got a catarmaran back down the coast.
From ATNP we hopped on a bus again for a day travelling. We got to stop off and see a seal colony and a place called pancake rocks. Which has been pushed up out of the sea through the volcanic activity and looks like piles of pancakes. Our overnight stop was in a place called Barrytown. The only thing in Barrytown was the Pub, which is where we were staying. the lonely Planet says it is worthless staying there! So our bus company make it more interseting by making us dress up in fancy dress. The theme was grannies or cross dressing. And if we didn't dress up then we didn't get happy hour! What a con.
Friday 30th seen us leave Barrytown ( one night was more than enough!) and travel to Franz Josef. We all booked on to do a full day walk on the glacier. On arriving at stupid o clock to the booking centre we were informed there was only a 50/50 chance of getting on the glacier due to the heavy rain fall overnight. Gutted! I decided to risk it, we got geared up with walking boots, rain jackets and trousers, hats, gloves and talons for the boots on the ice. We then had a hour an half walk and drive to the terminal face (the bottom) of the glacier. After walking for about 10 minutes I got my talons on my boots interlocked and went jaw first into a rock! Ouch, i thought that was me out for the day but luckly the pain in my knee and jaw subsided I got bandaged up, took some ibuprofen and off we went. This was the best day I've had on the south island, the views were spectacular.. Some of the crevices we had to squeeze through were a bit scary but the blue was just amazing. Here is a photo of me on my goodside! I later fell on the way down the glacier as well, apart from feeling like I had been in a boxing match for a couple of days all ok now - but ice is very hard!
The following day seen us head to Makarora via some beautiful lakes but really just another travel day, in Makarora we had a karoke night. And then we left for Queenstown. Arrived in Queenstown pretty late and the whole bus had a hat party. Our driver has sick in the toliets. My snorkel was used to drink cocktails, but it was a fantastic night. In need of a rest!