Franz Josef, Kaikoura

Place 57 & 58 – Day 2 & 1: Franz Josef & Kaikoura – Glacier Walk

We woke up at 07:30 again and got ready for the day. The showers at the campsite were lovely and warm so we each used those and then had some bacon and egg sandwiches for breakfast, along with a coffee.

We ate our food and drove to the glacier, which was a 10 or so minute drive down the road.

We parked in the car park and started the walk. The walk was about 4km (round trip) and was suggested it would take 1 hour 30 minutes.

We started walking through the forested area and then we could already see the icy tops of the glaciers through the trees!

After that, we kept walking and got closer and closer. We then got to a set of small waterfalls, which was all enjoyed and walked around. Some had rainbows in them if you looked at the right angle, which was beautiful.

We walked on and the views were stunning! Eventually, after quite a while, we got to the closest point you can go to look at the glacier, which was 750m away.

We stayed here for a while and then started to walk back. As we walked, it started to rain a little and got colder and more windy. Due to this, the mountains looked awesome!

We got back to the campervan and had a much needed drink.

We then set off for the drive to our next campsite. This was a 7.5 hour drive back the way we came from yesterday!

We stopped at McDonald’s in Greymouth to get some food as we all became a little tired and hungry.

We set off again and eventually made it to our next campsite at 20:45. This campsite is a 5* campsite which has all kinds of bells and whistles! We are here for two nights rather than one as we have something fun planned tomorrow!

Once we were parked up, we went right down the road and had some wonderful Indian food for dinner!

We got back and that was bed time..we were all very exhausted after a long drive today.

Tomorrow will be great fun!

This time last year!


– Mr & Mrs Hale

Franz Josef

Place 57 – Day 1: Franz Josef – Kiwi Bird & Hot Pools

We left at 10:00 and drove towards the Franz Josef glaciers.

We wanted to get to the glaciers today, so we made our way towards them!

For breakfast, we had bacon and sausage rolls and a coffee. There were sheep across the river too!

We stopped to get some fuel and then saw the awesome vintage store across the way which used to be commercial stables.

We went across a lot of cool bridges and saw some great scenery!

We arrived in Franz Josef and got to the caravan park. We got to the correct plot, parked up and explored!

We found a wildlife park which had Kiwi Birds in them, so we had to go in. We saw the kiwi which was much bigger than we thought! No photos were taken as it was forbidden. Whilst we were in there, a man farted on Kim’s feet whilst crouched, which was hilarious!

We walked around the rest, seeing information about glaciers and also Tuatara which are pre-dinosaur animals.

We left here and went to the hot pools. These were man made pools which were meant to mimic a hot spring, similar to the Blue Lagoon in Rejkjavik.

We couldn’t take photos here either, but we all had fun chilling in all the different pools.

We left here and went for a beer at the pub on our campsite before making dinner.

For dinner, Kim managed to make hunters chicken in our tiny kitchen in the campervan. It was absolutely divine!

We then sat and had a few drinks whilst chatting together.

Tomorrow we will see some glaciers up close and then have another long drive!

This Time Last Year!