East to West
Our day started at 7am as we hit the road out of Christchurch to Fox Glacier (via Arthur’s Pass). Our GPS told us the journey would take 5 1/2 hours…. well it technically took 14 hours after all our stops and hikes!!
Our first stop was the limestone boulders of Castle Hill Rocks which we had fun climbing & exploring.
The drive through Arthur’s Pass is amazing with spectacular views around every turn.
We had only planned to stop in Arthur’s Pass village for some lunch and a quick explore but ended up staying about 3 hours. We hiked a few trails to waterfalls and a nature trail which Ashley was excited about (never take an ecologist on a nature walk!)
Last stop for the day was Hokitika Gorge. The Hokitika river flows through the gorge with a glowing blue colour. The colour is formed by glacier rock sediment.
The long day of travel finished with us arriving to Fox Glacier in darkness. We had a great day exploring but definitely needed a good nights sleep!
Exploring Fox & Franz Josef Glacier region to come….