Day 18 - Franz Josef Glacier to Queenstown

Todays scenery had a nice variety to it. Going from glaciers and quite a rainy climate on the west coast to the much drier and warmer inland. There was one constant thing though: mountains and the photogenic bodies of water around them.

My first stop of the day was the classic viewpoint of Fox Glacier reflecting on the surface of Lake Matheson. Luckily the weather started to clear nicely just as I got there.

After that it was off to see the said glacier up close. The glacier is in rapid retreat as was evident even by the location of the car park.

Rest of way the west coast remained quite wet and overcast.

But after Haast Pass both the scenery and the weather changed very quickly and quite dramatically.

This stretch of road between the lakes Wanaka and Hawea was one of the prettiest I've seen.

Also the smaller road going from Wanaka to Queenstown through Cardrona was an instant favorite.

Strolling the Queenstown waterfront after the lengthy drive, looking for some food and craft beer.


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