Arrowtown

Arrowtown is a historic gold mining town in the Otago region. Now, remains only a little of the historicly designed buildings. There is also a Lake District Museum to let you understand about their life during old mining days (http://www.museumqueenstown.com/ ).

For more, http://www.arrowtown.com/

Wanaka

Lake Wanaka

Wanaka is a very nice place to sit down, relax and have some lunch accompanying by a serene view of the lake.

Check out more at http://www.lakewanaka.co.nz/new-zealand/

 

Crystal clear water

Kai Whakapai Cafe & Bar

A Kiwi food place to be facing the lake. Enjoying some good weather and view.

Location:
Cnr Helwick & Ardmore Streets  Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
Tel: +64 3 443 7795

Hours: Daily 07:00 – late

Stuart Landsborough’s Puzzling World 

One of the famous and unique attraction of Wanaka. A place that plays with your mind. (^_^)v

Location:
84/188 Wanaka-Luggate Highway  Wanaka 9382, New Zealand
Tel: +64 3 443 7489

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

Hours: Daily 08:30 – 17:00

Admission: The great maze for NZD12 and illusion room for NZD12. A combo price is NZD15 for both.

West Coast

Coastal drive

On the way from Glacier Country towards Wanaka, you will passby a few falls and scenic viewing spots. If you have the time, just stopby!

 

 

Thunder Creek Falls

Passing through Mount Aspiring National Park, there is a 28 metre high waterfall that tumbles into Haast River.

Lake Matheson

Take a stroll down to Lake Matheson during sunset or sunrise for a nice photographic view of the lake and Mount Cook which will take at least 40 minutes to 1 hour.

Accomodation: Lake Matheson Motel

Picture source: Lake Matheson Motel

Location:
Corner Cook Flat Rd & Pekanga Drive
Fox Glacier
(400m from Fox Glacier’s township)

Tel: +64 3 751 0830

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

Price range: ~NZD40-45 per person (includes free limited internet usage)

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!