Reaka-Richards Adventures travel blog

Heading up into the NZ Alps

Over Arthurs Pass

View from the train

Pancake Rocks - North of Greymouth

Franz Joseph Glacier

Bottom of Fox Glacier

We caught the TranzAlpine train in the morning and took the 4 hour ride up and over the NZ Southern Alps. As the day was cloudy and rainy, some of the views were obscured-but I still got some pictures. What was amazing to me where all the Lupin along the tracks - the purple and blue against the mountains was beautiful. Once in Greymouth, we picked up our next rental car and drove up the coast to see the Pancake Rocks. Still quite rainy, but we ventured out onto the boardwalk and were rewarded with spectacular views of these pancake looking rocks that form cliffs straight up from the Tasman Sea. Soaked but happy, we got a cup of coffee (it's so delicious here we've both become addicts) and headed down to Franz Josef Glacier (the village) to spend the night. It was too cloudy to see much on this day - but in the morning I was able to get some good pictures each time the clouds broke up a bit.

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