Thursday, April 21, 2011

#1382 Lake Paringa To Hokitika: Glaciers, Glowworms, Rainforests + Rain

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On day 21 we woke up next to Lake Paringa. It might have been nice to have breakfast sitting by the beautiful lake if it wasn’t for the giant sandflies. So we left the camping ground just before seven and drove up State Highway 6 hoping to find a good breakfast spot.

This is Bruce Bay. It was the perfect place to have breakfast.

I love these paintings on the fence at Jacobs River School. The school’s website says they have eight students. Two girls and six boys.

There are thousands of glaciers in New Zealand. And today we saw two of the famous ones. First we saw Fox Glacier. Wikipedia says this is one of the most accessible glaciers in the world. The glacier was named Fox in 1872 after a politician called William Fox.
The Māori name is Te Moeka o Tūawe. Apparently a guy called Tūawe fell to his death while exploring this area and the bed of the glacier became his final resting place or moeka.

Fox Glacier daily update

In January 2009 two tourists died here after they crossed the safety barriers to get closer to the glacier and take photos. DOC has put the news stories on a sign to try and get more people to take notice of the safety warnings. You can go past the barriers if you take a guided tour, but this was far enough for us.

Fox Glacier

The nearby town is also called Fox Glacier. I bought a postcard of the glacier and sent yesterday’s postcard of Wanaka to Japan.

We had some lunch and then drove up the road to check out another glacier.

We had to go for a bit of a walk in the rain this time. This glacier was called Franz Joseph in 1865. It was named by a German explorer after an Austrian emperor. The Māori name is: Kā Roimata o Hinehukatere. Hinehukatere was Tūawe’s lover. Roimata means tears. When Tūawe died, Hinehukatere cried so much, her tears formed this glacier.

There were signs explaining how the glacier works and how it has melted and moved over the years. We could’ve walked further to get a closer look, but we thought we’d seen enough ice for one day.

We stopped for a coffee in Franz Josef.

Here you go.
Thank you.
That’s alright.

We saw a couple of moa on our way out of town. They looked just like the moa we saw in Queenstown.

We stopped in Whataroa to check out an art gallery that they recommended on Tourism Radio.

In Hari Hari we saw a mural dedicated to Guy Menzies. He’s the Australian guy who flew the first solo trans-Tasman flight. He crash-landed upside-down in a swamp near Hari Hari on the 7th of January 1931.

In Pukekura we saw a massive sandfly.

In Ross we saw a mural depicting the goldrush of the 1860s and we posted a postcard to Italy.


That night we stayed in Hokitika.

The people at the holiday park told us there was a place up the road where we could see glowworms. So after dark we went to have a look.

They were really beautiful, but they didn’t show up on camera, so you’ll have to go and have a look yourself.

After the glowworms, we drove to the beach to listen to the waves and look at the moon. As you can see, we played around with the night vision setting on the camera and then we made our way back to the holiday park.

This is Hokitika at night.


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