After spending an unforgettable night with Dan, Shay & Dylan catching a swarm of bees and cooking hot bananas on a camp fire, not to mention the best nights sleep of the trip in their luxurious cabin, we said our farewells and headed south into Glacier country.
We soon faced our first and only major climb of the day up ‘Herculies, but luckily it didn’t live up to its name and we soon crushed it and enjoyed the flowing hairpins down the other side.
Halfway we stopped for lunch in Whataroa and got chatting to a tourer heading north who left even later then us, at noon!
The route then took us back into native bush, crossed rivers and passed lakes, all the while cloud obscured the peaks of the Southern Alps just next to us.
There is vertically no shoulder on this section of Highway 6 and although most drivers gave us plenty of space there was one occasion where a tourist couch forced us off the road and onto the grass.
Approaching Franz Josef town we could hear then see a steady flow of helicopters and planes taking tourists out to the glaciers and Mount Cook, sounding more like an airshow then a wonder of nature and wilderness. We opted to stay at the Top10 campsite just north of town for a couple of nights as we are planning on hiking most of tomorrow and of course taking some time to catch our first glimpse of a glacier, all be it from the ground.