Last bit of Franz Josef
Don’t want to talk about this day, it was pouring again. Only in the afternoon we went for a drive with the car to the Fox glacier, but still too much rain and the clouds were hanging very low, so nothing to see there. Took the umbrella and went for a walk in town, most of the shops were still thinking it was a public holiday, but it was a normal Sunday so we ended up in the same restaurant as yesterday.
Still raining when we left Franz Josef, the road to Wanaka comes along the Fox glacier, the same road we did yesterday, but half way Fox the road was half blocked by debris that had come down from the mountain.
Whilst driving we saw a lot of places were water was coming down the mountain and sometimes even splashing over the road. Little rivers normally flowing in a quiet pace under the bridges were turned into fast and furious flowing big rivers.
Ine tried to photograph these spontaneous beautiful waterfalls from the car. But this was very difficult and I couldn’t stop because cars were coming from behind. Finally there was a place where the water really came roaring of the mountain and splashing over the road, no-one behind me so I stopped, but it was so scary that Ine asked me to drive on. (The next day we saw in the paper that the road was blocked for several hours somewhere in this area, because of rocks and trees that had come down).
After Haast you go from the West coast over the mountains to Otago, at the other side of the mountain the weather was much better (we learned from Dot that this was a coincidence, because it had rained all morning). So we arrived at Lake Wanaka, everybody was sitting at the lake, normally there is a nice beach but due the rainfall this was all flooded. Around the lake is a walking/ cycling track but this was also flooded at a number of places. We went also with Dave in the boat (everyone has a boat here; they all do watersports and fishing) for a round over the lake.
Dot, Dave and sons have 2 camping places together with friends, so they were living here with 4 families at a nice big place surrounded by tents and in the middle a place for eating and cooking.
After a few drinks we were treated at a very nice dinner, it’s amazing what these people can do with a barbecue. The bake their own garlic bread, stuffed chickens, Paua (or abalone is a big shell fish, with diameter of 150 mm), potatoes and vegetables. Every day there where friends over, they bring their own drinks and if they stay for tea they bring also some food to share.
We are still at Lake Wanaka. A beautiful day, with a lot of sun . In the morning Dot and her friend Maorene (did I spell this correctly?) took us for a walk. It was a lovely walk, 2 hours, through paddocks with cows and along the river into the woods. Going up and down and it was a bit flooded too. When Ine fell on her bump we decided to go back ;(. When we came back we sat by the Lake and Peter went with Dave on the boat whilst George was knee boarding. Later that afternoon we went to the i-site for information about the Sounds. We walked a bit through Wanaka and we went back to the camping ground. Some other friends of them had arrived for tea, we were that evening with 21 people! Earlier one of Dot’s friends had caught a grayfish, so this was cooked on the barbecue. For appetizer we got some toast with trout (also fresh). There were lot vegetables and off course the homemade bread from Kirsten and Dot. There was also a very good warm pasta salad with pesto and nuts etc.
We had a lovely very sunny day, so we were very happy about this.
Too bad, raining again. Peter went for a walk with Dot and Maorene, Ine stayed home and tried to read her book. In the afternoon the rain almost stopped so we went to Puzzling World. We did a maze and we went into several rooms. The maze we discovered within thirty minutes, this is not that bad. The rooms we saw where a hologram hall, with 3D hologram photos. The second hall was the hall of following faces. The third hall was illusion room; you step into the room through a door, and walked out to the other door, but it seems that you get taller. The fourth hall was the tilted house, very weird. Water flows uphill and you cannot stand upright.
That evening they had cooked a roast on the barbecue (it was on the bbq for 6 hours), two very big pieces. We were with 15 persons. We also had a lovely rice-salad, the homemade bread, and grilled curcumas and pumpkin with garlic. We decided to leave the next day, so that we can see other interesting things of the South Islands. Thanks Dot, Dave and the other families for your hospitality. We had a lovely time.
Rain again, much heavier then yesterday. After packing and breakfast we left at 10:15. We were planning to go to Queenstown, but before that we ended up in Arrowtown. It was a very nice drive from Wanaka to Arrowtown, with lots of beautiful views. It was still raining and the clouds were very low so we couldn’t see that very well. There were also very beautiful flowers along the road. If we hadn’t had that much rain we probably hadn’t see that many flowers. So we had luck….. Arrowtown is a lovely place with a lot of old buildings. We also visited the museum. This was very interesting. After lunch we did some window shopping and we walked a bit around. We saw a China town, where the Chinese people lived when they were digging for gold. And we walked a bit along the river. When we were having lunch we saw some friends who were having dinner with us 2 days ago. How big is NZ? Later in the afternoon we went to Queenstown to find a place to stay. We found a place at Arthur’s Point, not too far from Queenstown and we will stay here probably 2 nights. We did some shopping and we saw how fast the jets were going on the river. Are we going to do this? Don’t know yet, we’ll see. For dinner we had sushi, bought at the supermarket. We weren’t that hungry because we had a big lunch in Arrowtown.
So time to write the blog and to put some photo’s on the internet too.