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From Wanaka to Franz Joseph : Mountains and glaciers !

Posted by Flo et Romain on June 11 2015, 08:08am

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From Wanaka to Franz Joseph : Mountains and glaciers !

After fjords and luge, let’s go to the mountains! We started with a 16 kilometres walk to the summit of Mount Royes which overlooks Wanaka Lake! At the top there was some snow…and it was slippery; the wind was frozen cold but as a reward we got an amazing view: blue lake surrounded by mountains with snow on top!!! Pomme Pidou almost got vertigo ;-)

After fjords and luge, let’s go to the mountains! We started with a 16 kilometres walk to the summit of Mount Royes which overlooks Wanaka Lake! At the top there was some snow…and it was slippery; the wind was frozen cold but as a reward we got an amazing view: blue lake surrounded by mountains with snow on top!!! Pomme Pidou almost got vertigo ;-)

From Wanaka to Franz Joseph : Mountains and glaciers !
From Wanaka to Franz Joseph : Mountains and glaciers !
From Wanaka to Franz Joseph : Mountains and glaciers !
From Wanaka to Franz Joseph : Mountains and glaciers !

To continue with beautiful lakes, we went to Tekapo Lake. The colour is so clear blue it seems artificial… But it is because the water comes from a glacier!

From Wanaka to Franz Joseph : Mountains and glaciers !
From Wanaka to Franz Joseph : Mountains and glaciers !
From Wanaka to Franz Joseph : Mountains and glaciers !

We then went to Mount Cook, the highest peak of New Zealand with an altitude of 3724m. Of course we didn’t climb Mount Cook but we hiked around! The boys decided to hike on their own in the snow, I preferred to stay “dry” but all of us had a great time! We had a sunny day and the landscape was beautiful!

From Wanaka to Franz Joseph : Mountains and glaciers !
From Wanaka to Franz Joseph : Mountains and glaciers !
From Wanaka to Franz Joseph : Mountains and glaciers !
From Wanaka to Franz Joseph : Mountains and glaciers !

But to have a better look on the mountains and the glaciers, we did a helicopter flight! That’s so impressive to be in this small engine and to admire such a huge landscape!!! With the sun it was the perfect day to do it!! We could even spot the blue ice on Fox Glacier! Blue ice is form in glacier ice, when air is compressed in the ice: the sun light passing through the ice is absorb, only the blue spectrum is reflected…so you see the ice blue!!!

The helicopter landed on the snow and we could enjoy the loneliness of the white summit for few minutes!

From Wanaka to Franz Joseph : Mountains and glaciers !
From Wanaka to Franz Joseph : Mountains and glaciers !
From Wanaka to Franz Joseph : Mountains and glaciers !
From Wanaka to Franz Joseph : Mountains and glaciers !
From Wanaka to Franz Joseph : Mountains and glaciers !

To relax after all these emotions, we went to the hot pools in Franz Joseph!! It is so nice to be in a 40 degrees water when the air temperature is only 7 degrees !!

From Wanaka to Franz Joseph : Mountains and glaciers !
From Wanaka to Franz Joseph : Mountains and glaciers !

Before going to the East Coast, we drove on the “Great Coast Road”; the New Zealand equivalent of the Australian Great Ocean Road! I have to say that this road is really nice as well! We saw some “apostles” (rocks coming out of the water) and some pancakes rocks!!!

The Pancake Rocks were formed 30 million years ago when fragments of dead marine life landed on the seabed. The huge water pressure caused them to solidify into layers of limestone and softer, thin, mud-rich layers. Seismic movements lifted the limestone above the seabed where it was eroded. The softer layers were eroded first, leaving a "pancake" like stack of limestone. Interesting, isn’t it?

From Wanaka to Franz Joseph : Mountains and glaciers !
From Wanaka to Franz Joseph : Mountains and glaciers !

Now let’s move to our next journey : we expect whales, wine and hikes!!

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