Monday, March 24
Since no one signed up for optional activities we had a relaxing morning and Simon even made some of us poached eggs on toast. Luxury.
The first stop was the town of Greymouth where we all went on a search for something to wear for Wacky Wednesday. Could be interesting. A little futher down the road we drove over a bridge that was actually a railroad track …a little scary
We stopped in a small town for a tour of a Jade (green stone) factory where they’ve been fortunate to stock pile the stone before the cessation of mining in the 1990’s after the rights to the land were given back to the Maori.
After a brief lunch stop at a lake along the way we headed to Z Franz Joseph, one of 16 national parks in New Zealand and home of the glaciers.
Since we arrived early, we checked into various activities and then went for a walk to see the glacier. The clouds nicely parted enough for us to get a view of it. Considering the weather forecast, that’s all we might get so we were pretty thrilled.