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Fox Glacier & Lake Matheson

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Not having had enough of Glaciers in Franz I decided to stop off at Fox. Fell on my feet as they needed a hand at the hostel so for 3 hours of changing beds and a spot of hoovering I got my bed for the night free and a lift to the Glacier..oh and dinner cooked for me. Sweet! Not much to say really, lots of ice, however as i walked up to it i heard what sounded like thunder and then a whole load of ice just fell away....crazy!

Visited Lake Matheson when I was on the bus from Fox to Wanaka. OMG...this has to be the most stunning lake in the world. I took so many pitures of the same thing in an attempt to capture the beauty of this place. Nope, couldn't manage it so you'll have to come to NZ and soak up the amazing atmosphere and beauty of this natural wonder.

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Magic bus day's out!

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Cape Foulwind,Punakaki-Pancake Rocks & Greymouth

These were all the places i visited between Nelson and Greymouth on the Magic bus. Lots of awesome views and it was fantastic to see such a thriving seal colony at the cape. The waves along this coast were fierce, got to watch them in their full glory as we walked the truman track. The pancake rocks really did look like stacks of pancakes..just a shame the heaven's opened as we got there and it wasn't pleasant to stand around too long. The blowholes were pretty impressive too.

Greymouth didn't have too much to offer but we did stay in Noah's ark...no not the Noah's ark but a hostel with animal themed rooms! The stuffed oversized lion in our 'lion' room did the rounds bed hopping...hussy!!

Ross & Lake Mapourika

From greymouth to Franz Joseph we took in a town that is sitting on $600 million worth of gold. The people of Ross refuse to move until they get better deals from the investors. Visited a gold mine museum and was shown how to pan for gold. Onwards we stopped at this glorious lake just before we reached Franz.

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Cook Strait, Picton, Nelson & Abel Tasman

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Off to the south island I go! The ferry crossing made me feel a bit queezy i'm not going to lie to you but when i arrived in Picton it was all worth it. This place is just a harbour town but it has some stunning views on offer and a great hostel called the villa where i made use of the spa and loved the homecooked apple crumble!

What can i say about Nelson that is positive? This town was pretty ugly to be honest...maybe it looks better in the sun!

Went on a day trip to Abel Tasman national park where i went on a speed boat cruise and then completed a 4hr walk of part of the park. Stunning views, stream crossing and walks to bays. Visited by some of the native birds while I was eating my lunch looking out to sea.

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Franz Joseph & Glacier Walk

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The first place in NZ where I have had such a spectacular view of snow capped mountains from outside my hostel. Did a Glacier walk which was amazing...saw lots of blue ice and had to crawl through ice rocks. Kited out with crampons we climbed the glacier by following the guide who cut out steps in the ice. For someone who is always cold it wasn't bad up there..not even below 0 We were up on the glacier for about 4 hours, i have to say it is one of the most random places i have eaten my lunch on!

The town is very small but beautiful. I strolled through the lanes and looked around the souviner shops, even watch people on an inside ice climbing wall..the only one in the southern hemisphere. Also visted the two churches in the township where from one I took some amazing shots of the mountains and glacier through the church alter window!

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Wellington

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The capital of New Zealand. It is known as 'windy welly' as the high winds have caused the council to install glass wind panels along the streets as it gets so blustery...2nd only to Chicago.

I visited the amazing Te papa museum...3 times as it is so huge and you just can't take it all in on one vist. Went to both the old and new St Paul's cathedrals of Wellington, the National Library, Archives centre and went on a guided tour of Parliment and watched parliment in session from the viewing gallery.

Took a cable car up the hills of wellington and strolled around the Botanic Gardens. Many people live up on the hills and have their personal cable cars!

The drive to wellington was stunning as I saw my first snow capped mountains.

Quite like it here, lots to do and i haven't even started checking out the vast bar and club scene.

Did attempt to go to the National tattoo museum where they have lots of examples of traditional maori mokos which are face tattoos that tell the story of that persons life. Got there and it had shut down. Dissappointing!

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