Goodbye, New Zealand: And Twelve Other Countries travel blog

Fox Glacier

Cool formations on Fox Glacier

Franz Josef Glacier

The Pancake Rocks at Punakaiki

Dan poses for the camera

A sunset view of the Pancake Rocks

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After the Milford Track, Laura and I were, unfortunately, under a bit of time pressure--we had only 3 1/2 days to make it to the northeastern tip of the South Island and the ferry that would take us to the North Island. So, after spending three straight days on our feet, we spent the next couple on our butts, driving up the west coast of New Zealand. It's a pretty barren place--there's not a lot of room between the mountains and the sea, so there aren't a lot of people, the roads are incredibly windy, and the scenery isn't particularly spectacular, just a lot of grey-green scrub.

There were a couple of interesting sights, however, of which we've shared pictures: the Fox and Franz Joseph glaciers, which come closer to the ocean than any other glaciers at this latitude in the world (meaning they're easy for tourists to get to), and the Pancake Rocks at Punakaiki. [As with an earlier entry, the map location is not supposed to be any of these sights in particular, but simply approximates the route we drove along as we made our way north].

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