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NZ 2016 – Day 3 - Christchurch to Franz Josef – Overview

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This was my first full day of the tour. We ha a great day and saw some fantastic scenery. We went to:
• Tranz-Alpine Railway
• West Coast
• Franz Josef Glacier

Map

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Posted by Shona Travels 00:50 Archived in New Zealand Tagged landscapes waterfalls mountains lakes beaches bridges trees snow trains street train river bridge new_zealand christchurch Comments (0)

NZ 2016 – Day 3 - Christchurch to Franz Josef – Franz Josef

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Franz Josef Glacier

We continued through the town, across the Waiho River to the car park of the glacier. Unfortunately, the glacier has receded so much, we didn't have time to walk to the face. It's on my list of places to go when I come back to NZ next time.

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Franz Josef Glacier Village

There was plenty of time before I had to be back at the hotel for dinner, so I went for a walk

Franz Josef Glacier Village

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Fire Station

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Our Lady of the Alps Church

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St James Historic Church

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Waiho River

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I headed back to town, had dinner at the hotel and fell into a very comfy bed - I'd stay at the Scenic Franz Josef again!

Maps

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Posted by Shona Travels 00:35 Archived in New Zealand Tagged landscapes sunsets_and_sunrises mountains bridges churches buildings skylines sky snow river bridge garden new_zealand Comments (0)

NZ 2016 – Day 3 - Christchurch to Franz Josef – Arthur's Pas

NZ 2016 – Day 3 - Christchurch to Franz Josef – Arthur's Pass to Franz Josef

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Otira Highway

We all piled back into the bus made our way to Hokitika.

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Hokitika

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The Jade Capital of New Zealand, I didn't go into a jade shop, but I did wander around the town including:

  • Beach (lunch spot)

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  • Department of Conservation

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  • Around town

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Haast Highway

We continued along the Haast highway and headed towards Franz Josef Glacier

  • Harihari

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  • Whataroa

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  • Lake Mapourika

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Maps

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Posted by Shona Travels 00:23 Archived in New Zealand Tagged landscapes mountains lakes beaches bridges buildings people trees street shopping river bridge garden new_zealand Comments (0)

NZ 2016 – Day 3 - Christchurch to Franz Josef – Tranz-Alpine

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Tranz-Alpine Railway from Christchurch to Arthur's Pass

We all piled into the bus at the hotel and made our way to the station.

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Christchurch Station

When we got there, our tour director Lu got our tickets for us and then we were able to wander about and get on the train. There is an open carriage, which is where I spent most of my time!

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Canterbury Plains

Rolleston

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Kirwee

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Darfield

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Springfield

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Waimakariri River

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Castle Hill

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Viaduct over Broken River

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Lake Pearson

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Cragieburn

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Bealey

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Waimakariri River

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Southern Alps

Arthur's Pass

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Posted by Shona Travels 00:02 Archived in New Zealand Tagged landscapes mountains lakes bridges skylines people sky snow trains train river bridge garden new_zealand christchurch Comments (0)

NZ 2016 – Day 2 - Christchurch – Overview

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This was my last full day wandering around before the tour started. I made the most of it by going to:
• Punting on the Avon
• Rebuild Tour
• Christchurch Gondola
• Wandering Worcester Boulevard

Once I was back at the hotel, I went to the dinner for everyone to meet each other for the tour. I met my tour director Lu and got my sexy name badge! I also met some of the others that would be on the bus in the morning. There was 38 of us, and we all sat down for dinner to get to know each other.

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Posted by Shona Travels 23:54 Archived in New Zealand Tagged landscapes mountains lakes bridges churches buildings skylines trees sky boats food street shopping river bridge garden new_zealand christchurch gondola tram Comments (0)

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