We tried one more time for the helicopter ride up the Glacier, but it just wasn’t to be. Hey-ho.
We moved on from Fox Glacier, checking out of our luxury hotel (looked like a converted pig-pen from the outside) , and headed North.
We then headed through Franz Josef on our way North and the weather slowly started to clear. Saw some great scenery once again along the way.
We stopped a few times and then, sort out of by chance, we turned off in a small mining town called Ross that was very cute. Good old history to the place, and they’ve done a great job to keep some of the old original buildings. We had a look in the museum, the shop, and an old hotel in the town. Well worth our stop.
Church in Ross
Then we made it to Hokitika which was close to where we were staying. Nice little town. Had lunch sitting outside close to the beach, and did some shopping for essentials (well, wine and cheese anyway).
We’ve found everywhere in New Zealand to be clean, tidy, and very friendly people. Driving is sensible, and roads are generally in great condition (the only exception we saw was a small section that had been beaten up by sea water when a cyclone hit a few weeks ago).
We then spent the night just north of Hokitika at the Awatuna Homestead (or Bed and Breakfast), which was great. Really nice, and a really nice experience. Just amazing greenery and vegetation as you drive into the place.