We booked our flight to Christchurch, New Zealand almost a year before the actual date. It was for AUD129 for return tix with Jetstar via Melbourne. There were six of us, just nice to fit a dorm with 3 set of double beds. We arrived Christchurch around 11.05pm and went straight to Frenz Backpackers Hostel to spend the night.
|The entourage without k.g and me.|
|Dah nak sampai.....|
|Frenz Backpackers Hostel in Christchurch, sgt cantek dan bersih.|
|The dining hall|
|The main staircase|
|Our dorm, after a night spent.|
|Cooking for lunch.|
|The dining hall.|
We hired a Kia Carnival to fit all of us,...car rental + insurance = $1300 (this was only for South Island) and total travelled was 2124km. Estimated $800 for petrol.
The next day, we drove to Franz Josef from Christchurch via Arthur's Pass. It's a 5 hours drive that stretched out to 376km. Arthur's Pass is known for its National Park. We planned to stop by Devil's Punchbowl Fall which is a 131m high waterfall about 1km walk from Arthur's Pass Village, but we dropped the idea as we took quite a lot of time stopping by the roadside for photos. Stunning view along the way left us with...~oohh...~ahhh...amazement and so little time.
|On our way to Arthur's Pass|
|Berenti jap posing!|
|Lunch at Arthur's Pass|
|Kea birds, and our lunch.|
Franz Josef Glacier is a 12km long glacier located in Westland Tai Poutini National Park. You can have guided or unguided walk through the glacier, of course, you need specialised equipment. For us, with time and monetary limitation, we chose the shortest trail to the platform where we can have an overall panoramic view of the glacier.
|Franz Josef Glacier Walk|
|Us and the glacier|
The Waiho River is a river that flows by Franz Josef with meltwater of the Franz Josef Glacier to the Tasman Sea which is 10 km Southwest of Okarito. On our way to the township of Franz Josef, we managed to stop by the Waiho River.
A brief day indeed, due to long hour on board. We spent the night in Franz Josef to prepare for another long journey to Queenstown. :)