One thing you definately can't rely on in New Zealand is the weather (much like being at home!). Our plans to take a helicopter onto the Glacier were scuppered by rain and low cloud. So we set off on foot! You can just see the end of it in the valley behind.
We tramped the hour and an half circular walk through rainforests, past waterfalls and upto the closest viewing point of the glacier.
It was a beautiful walk even in the rain and although we could make out the Glacier I'm not sure you can from the photo! It was an interesting education for the children in how glaciers are formed.
After drying out, warming up and having some lunch, we decided to leave the glaciers as the rain was set to continue. We had few hundred km to cover to reach Queenstown and The Fjords, so decided to get as far as we could while it rained. As ever the journey was beautiful and we had 4 stops on the way to see Shipwreck Cove;
Thunder creek falls and
Blue ponds which we reached over a 1.5 km trail over rope bridges.
We were greeted by a rainbow as the rain finally stopped which was a real treat.
The rest of the drive was taken up with more stunning scenery, audiobooks, Spotify plays lists and podcasts, and we arrived in Wanaka in what felt like no time, having driven 285 km and walked 10km on the way. We checked into a 2 bedroom cabin in a Top10 campsite and slept like babies!
Wanaka was a lovely surprise the next morning with a lake beach, great playground and choice of coffee shops. Then on to Queenstown. The adrenaline capital of the world!