Glacier country – Franz Josef, Fox Glacier

GLACIER COUNTRY

Both Franz Josef and Fox Glacier are known as the Glacier Country of New Zealand, about 20km away from each other. Both glaciers allow visitors except when it’s unsafe to walk on. You may read more athttp://www.glaciercountry.co.nz/.

FRANZ JOSEF

I was turned down from purchasing the glacier walk tickets for Franz Josef as the glacier was not safe at the time I wanted to purchase the tickets. It seems like Franz Josef glacier is prettier (from far) as we went for a thrilling adventure here!

If you want to do the glacier walk at Franz Josef, check it out here http://www.franzjosefglacier.com/

Skydive Franz

They have been voted the best skydiving experience in New Zealand. Checking in at the town, we were requested to sign a declaration form.

Location:
Main Road, next to the Glacier Guides  Franz Josef 7886, New Zealand
Tel: +64 3 752 0714

Website:
http://www.skydivefranz.co.nz/

Fees: Check out the website above! ^^

This was really a great experience for me being a superwoman with bird’s eye view of tallest mountain, Mount Cook, the west coast, the Tasman Sea and Franz Josef glacier, a great combination of iced mountain, ocean, river, land ^^. My first and hopefully not the last experience!

Fox Glacier

Moving down to Fox Glacier, we did the glacier walk here. Some people say that it’s easier to walk on Fox glacier than Franz Josef glacier. I don’t know but you really need to consider your fitness condition for the route that you wish to do.

You can also do similar things at either Franz Josef or Fox Glacier.

Picture source: Fox glacier

Location:

44 Main Road, State Highway 6, Fox Glacier, 7859, New Zealand
Tel: 800 111 600

Website:
http://www.foxguides.co.nz/

Admission: From NZD49 per person, depending on the trip you’re taking.

Our guide, Lizi, from Argentina

The current glacier has very much shorten due to the ice melting more than it’s covered. So, there will be many lose stone and rocks. Follow the guide and walk in a line.

 

Boots and crampons provided

You will be provided with backpack, waterproof jacket, boots, thick socks, and crampons for the ice walking. For all day walk, they will also provide mitten and hat.

Follow the guide up the ice

 

Going down between the ice

 

The melted ice water carved the ice
Going through

 

View up

 

Go up in a line, go down in a line
The walk ended with a beautiful sunset

 

You will get a certificate for your effort!

Greymouth

Greymouth is a small town where many people start or ends their scenic train journey, crossing to or from Christchurch, or stopping by from your journey from North towards South through the west coast. It was also a stop-for-the-night place for us before heading South.

Check out more at http://www.greydistrict.co.nz/

Accomodation: Gables Motor Lodge

Picture source: Gables website

Location:
84 High Street  Greymouth 7805, New Zealand
Tel: +64 3 768 9991

Website: http://www.gablesmotorlodge.com/

Price range: ~NZD40-50 per person (includes free limited internet usage)

Blenheim

Being part of the Marlborough region (the largest winemaking region), one of Blenheim’s attraction is the wine industry and is famous for Sauvignon Blanc. We make a stop at one of the famous brand. More on Blenheim athttp://www.cityofblenheim.co.nz/.

Brancott Estate

Location:
180 Brancott Road, Brancott Vineyard, Blenheim 7272, New Zealand
Tel: +64 3 520 6975

Website:
http://www.brancottestate.com/

Cellar door hours: Daily 10:00 – 16:30
Restaurant hours: Daily 11:00 – 15:00

You can taste some wines or have some food while enjoying a nice view. There some range of wines can be tasted for free and some are charged at NZD10 per person and deducted from your wine purchase.

 

 

 

 

Havelock

Havelock is a place for green shell mussels. It’s a must-stop-by place for the mussels.

Mussel Pot

This is a famous place to have mussel in Havelock town. Unfortunately, they were closed for the winter when I was there. Visit them and tell me how was it!

Location:
73 Main Road, Havelock, Marlborough, New Zealand

Tel: +64 3 574 2824

Website:
http://www.themusselpot.co.nz/

They open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Slip Inn 

Luckily there is another place to go to.

Location:
Havelock Marina, Havelock, New Zealand

Tel: +64 3 574 2345

Website:
http://www.slipinn.co.nz/

Hours: Daily 08:00 – late

Sample Mussel Platter (NZD19.50 platter for 2)
A platter of mussels with 7 flavours – Kilpatrick (bacon & melted cheese), Garlic butter, Pesto & feta, Sweet chilli sauce, Honey mustard, Parmesan Crust.

They are all delicious and fresh!. I’m speechless. You will want more!

Dozen steamed whole shell mussels in white wine, fresh garlic and herb (NZD18.50)
You are not eating mussels if you don’t try the steamed mussels. You can taste the freshness of it with a little dip in the broth.

Picton

Taking the Interisland Ferry crossing from Wellington (North Island), brings us to the first point of the South Island, Picton. It was a passby for us but you may check the place out at http://www.picton.co.nz/.

A little about the ferry

There are 2 companies that runs the ferry across both island, Interisland ( http://www.interislander.co.nz/ )and Bluebridge ( http://www.bluebridge.co.nz/ ). It is about 3 hours ride, charged by per passenger (~NZD69 per person per trip) and per car (~NZD130 for a 8-seater car per trip). Each type of car is charge differently. You may want to ask your car rental company for a package deal if you’re driving cross island.

There’s food and drinks sold on the ferry.