Fox Glacier - Wanaka

Trip Start Nov 04, 2007
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Trip End Dec 06, 2007


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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

The clouds parted overnight and we had a fantastically clear view of what could well have been Mt Cook. Having never seen it before (always covered in cloud) we just guessed it was one of the taller ones and took a picture of it.
We piled into the hotel and set out for Wanaka, over a stretch of road where nothing ever happens. There are next to no towns to drive through: the road was only completed in 1965. There were some magnificent cliff sorts of things dropping into the sea, and some lake sorts of things preventing water from flowing, for a time, into the sea. All pretty spectacular stuff.
Haast is a place of note, probably to say that we're glad we changed our minds and didn't stay there. They were nice enough to give Gavin (at a cost of course) his last taste of whitebait until he next visits the West Coast of NZ. Yum.
Haast Pass beckoned, but of course, we had to stop at Thunder Falls, which Yasmin was reluctant to attend, because we told her it would be noisy: "I don't like loud, Daddy". But then she was reluctant to leave, once she'd been convinced to attend: "Can we visit another long waterfall Daddy?"Of course we can.
And not too far up the road was Fantail Falls, where Yasmin and Mckayla played with other people's cairns. They built them higher, for a while. But inevitably, as night follows day, children must destroy any tower they come across. Unfortunately they got to two fine specimens before we could prevent the carnage. But them's the breaks.
Having passed Haast Pass, it was past. Couldn't resist that.
Next stop: Puzzling World, where we had to sit through Mckayla meltdown in the hotel for five minutes before entering. Once inside, as predicted, there were numerous meltdown moments trying to extricate the kids from the place. It didn't help to point out to Yasmin that she hadn't wanted to leave any place we'd been to that day, but had enjoyed each new place more. "But I don't want to leave this place, Daddy."
Especially for a trip to the supermarket.
But we finally found our way to the parking lot, where we were able to play once more on the slippery dip and trampoline. Yay! What an end to the day.
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