Thursday 28 January 2010
Highlights: Historic town of Arrowhead, Lake Matheson, Fox Glacier
With the trip winding down we said goodbye to beautiful Queenstown and left for Fox Glacier but first we stopped off at Arrowhead a historic town set up during a gold rush era with lots of old wooden style house. It was a very picturesque place but also setup for tourist and they charged as if we were all American so we skipped breakfast at the local cafe and went back on the road.
We did however stopped at a great little coastal place called Wanaka and had an early lunch / late breakfast at Subway. Luckily they had a petrol station as we were running very low, it turns out this was the last chance for quite some time.
On our way to Fox Glacier I drove a fair proportion and went over 11 one way bridges. At Fox Glacier we learnt that Jason’s phone had a huge bill, it soon become apparent that every received phone call was costing a fortune. No more calls for Andrew from Adeline until he gets back to Australia!
On to the glacier itself and after a 30 minute walk we were looking at this huge frozen body of water, a magnificent sight indeed. We followed this up with a visit to Lake Matheson with an hour and 10 minute walk in the forest around the lake. Erin got carried on Jason’s shoulders for most of the time. We even played a small joke on Kara near the end saying we have to go back the other way – she fall for it much to the amusement of Jason and me.