Sunday, May 11, 2014
More West Coast Adventures - Hokatika to Haast
The trip down the west coast from Hokatika stayed beautiful. We were so impressed with the color of the Tasman Sea which you can see here. It looked like the Caribbean!
The first of many waterfalls we saw along the way, coming down from the mountains near the Franz Josef glacier. Later in the trip we saw many many more of these waterfalls which were reminiscent of Yosemite.
Several of the waterfalls...
The first view of the glacier full on. There were many palm trees on the way to this point.
This is a receding glacier for sure. I walked about halfway to the glacier from this point so I could get a better view. I also wanted to see the glacial riverbed.
Typical of the riverbed -- again the blue blue color.
More rocks in the riverbed!!
The closest view of the glacier with its blue ice...
No day is complete without a new bird. This is a common bird called a Tomtit. It follows you around and picks through the dust you kick up. Like the Fantail, it flits about a lot!!
This New Zealand Fantail was up close and you can see his tail fanning out in this picture.