The Road South
Trip Start May 31, 2007
23Trip End Sep 13, 2007
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An unplanned stop at the Buller Gorge Swingbridge resulted in a hugely enjoyable morning. We walked across the longest swingbridge in NZ (always wanted to cross one of these bridges!), and returned on a thrilling 160m tandem flying fox across the Ggorge much to everyone's delight.
A little behind schedule again we joined the West Coast Road South towards Franz Joseph, stopping off at Hokitika ('Hoki' to the locals) beach for lunch. Yet another town with a strong gold mining history, now famous for NZ Green stone artwork
We woke to breathtaking, soul lifting brilliant blue skies and crisp white peaks. We had limited options to view the glacier's due age restrictions, so we opted for the best we could do - a helicopter flight and landing on the top of the Glacier. As with nearly all our activities we again avoided long queues and this time crowded skies - it was a fantastic experience with superb views of the glaciers only topped by landing on virgin snow neves a mile from the peak of Mt Cook. Oli was in his element - like all little boys he loves helicopters.. The pilot was great fun and Oli took no time in throwing snowballs at the pilot.
Our days have been filled with so much adventure and brilliant experiences it is hard to take it all in - we ended the day with a quick dip in the open air hot spa pool, before running back to the camper for a hearty steaming veggie hot pot and a good nights sleep.