Fox Glacier & Wanaka – Hiking, Eating, Climbing & Drinking
Jake didn’t want to go further. 2 broken spokes and the ride was over. I had to catch a bus and take the two of us to Fox Glacier. Unfortunately there are nil bicycle repair shops between Fox and Wanaka so I had to take another bus. But first 2 days in Fox…. Another day off riding and went to Lake Mattheson with some cool folks from the hostel. European crew:
French Blanche, Dutch Harmke, Belgium Aurelie, Italian Ivan & Lucky German Thore.
Due to the earthquake, the access to the Glacier is only possible by helicopters so I skipped that way of travel… that night we strolled to the glow worms path – impressive to see and nice finish of the day with Sauvignon Blanc from the bottle.
Love the Mountains
Bus stop into Wanaka
Next day into Wanaka, climbing up the Haast Pass – all by bus. Was hard & I a bit sad that I couldn’t do the tour with Jake as it’s very scenic, especially after you made it over the pass. But I think for some reason I shouldn’t have ridden these narrow steep roads…
In Wanaka been not so active, little afternoon hike to Mt. Iron and next day went rock climbing which I haven’t done for many years.
To Mt. Iron
Top of Mt. Iron
Off he goes
In the wall
Loved it – sore arms for couple of days though…at the evening met up with Ivan, Jan and Ingo, another German cyclist. Had a great hostel dinner, leak tart and mushroom risotto. Killed some bottles of wine…
Happy Hostel Crew
…then I was ready for bed as I wanted to hit the road to Mt. Cook early in the morning. Not so clever with a hangover. Lindis Pass waiting for me….1.050m elevation and 100km waiting for me…