The next morning I drove and climbed up to a view of the Franz Josef glacier. It has retreated a lot since I was last there in 1973.
I took a short walk to a small pond known as Peter's Pond which had great reflections.
drove south to Fox Glacier where we use to camp on the school trips I
led in the early 70's. I went out to Lake Matheson. I did not remember
it as being such a long walk from the road. However the views were well
worthwhile. New Zealand's highest mountain Aoraki (Mount Cook) is in
the 2nd view.
I took a quick look at Fox Glacier, also much smaller than in 1973.
Then I drove further south to Knight's Point.
was a monument to the opening of the road and I discovered I first
drove along it (in a bus) just a year after it opened in 1965.
lunch in a hotel at Haast, I headed over the Haast Pass. It is lower
than Arthurs Pass. Here is a view of the Haast River valley.
Pass is only open from 8am to 4pm since the terrible landslide that
killed 2 tourists last year. I was held up for about 15 minutes at one
spot where the repair is continuing.
As I reached Lake Hawea, the shadows were lengthening.
stayed the night in Wanaka. I had pre-booked the motel as it was
Saturday night and Wanaka is in a ski area. Otherwise I would have
stayed longer on the coast after being delayed on Arthurs Pass. I will
have to return.
Sunday morning, I took some photos of Lake Wanaka from the town. All my previous visits have been in summer.
I drove home across Central Otago. This view was taken from the road as
I approached Ranfurly about 125 km from home but much closer as the
could still see snow on the Rock and Pillar Range not far west of me
when I looked yesterday but we had another snowfall just a week ago
after I arrived home
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