The ramblings from a small quilt shop on the South Islands West Coast of New Zealand

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Glacial exploration, sorry it’s photo heavy.


This last week poor DH has had his tranquillity at home shattered with a houseful of our daughters and grand-daughters.  Not only did eldest DD come home for a week but eldest GD came to stay too.  Then most of the time youngest DD was here too with number 2 and 3 GD’s.  Although he made the odd mumbling comments about a house full of women I think just quietly he enjoyed the pampering that ended up his way.

Eldest DD lives in our capital city, Wellington and hasn’t spent much time on the West Coast and with the weather being so kind to us we thought a trip to show off Franz Josef Glacier was in030 order. 

013The West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island is a beautiful yet untamed015 017massive stretch of under populated land.  Our trip took us just over 1  1/2 hours and in that time we came across less than a dozen cars but boy did we go around some corners and by the end of the trip there I was well and truly sick of seeing nothing but local bush.  These photo’s , of which there are plenty, I took at regular intervals, mainly to038 break the boredom of the trip.

Eventually there was more than the bush in view and a hint of snow imagesCAJN65ETbegan to peep out through the clouds so we knew that the glacier was nearby. 

Yep we had finally made it to Glacier Country and a much needed coffee stop was the Franz 045Josef township039, What an mazing view to have while sipping a long flat white – yummm.

055The glacier itself I was kind of under whelmed with.  I understand what it is and how old it is but the truth is it’s056 just an ice river and some of the local scenery impressed me more. I mean just look at the reflection photo- simply awesome and the colours i054n the ice  are just stunning. 

In saying that, we’ve done the tourist thing and been to see it so that is something else crossed off the ‘bucket list’.

I hope for those of you having your holiday time now, you are able to experience something new.

hugs to alla name Miche'le

p.s. don’t forget to get in the draw for the little Sunbonnet Sue give away.


  1. I recognise that road. I travelled Haast through Hokitika and stopped at Greymouth for lunch! Way back in 2005 on my first visit to NZ. We discussed going to the glacier, but the rain...... we didn't go, just kept on driving.
    Thanks for some lovely memories.

  2. Great photos, you live in a wonderful part of New Zealand. Mountains and snow, glaciers, rivers, lots of wonderful native bush, it makes up proud to be Kiwis!

  3. Oh, what great photos. I have only been to the West Coast twice in my life. And, like you, was amazed by the beautiful country and scenery we have down in that part of our country. I found those pesky keas darn annoying though!!

  4. Miche'le, I had the joy of visiting NZ south island back in 1989. It's certainly an amazing place and we had the joy of walking the glazier and admiring the beautiful landscape like your pictures. (Can't say I like the hiking boots. LOL)


Thankyou so much for popping by and leaving a comment. I enjoy reading your thoughts and ideas and will get back to you if needed, hugs - Miche'le

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