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New Zealand SI (part 5): Franz Josef Glacier, Hokitika Gorge and Castle Hill

In my last post, we went for a Milford Sound one day tour, drove to Queenstown and stop over for a night before proceeding to our next destination, Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Glacier.

According to Googlemaps, it will take 4.5 hours to drive from Queenstown to our accommodation at Franz Josef Glacier town, and the time taken to drive from Fox to Franz Josef Glacier was half an hour. So our original plan was to explore Fox Glacier first as it was along the way. Then drive to Franz Josef Glacier to check in to our accommodation. But we actually took a lot more time because the drive from Queenstown to Franz Josef was simply amazing and we had to stop at many scenic points. In the end, we didn't have enough time and had to give Fox Glacier a miss. So a tip will be to cater more time for the drive. Although it only took half an hour to drive from Fox Glacier to Franz Josef Glacier, the route was very steep with lots of bends.

Below are some of the photos we took along the drive.

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New Zealand SI (Part 4): Milford Sound one day tour

We booked a one day Milford Sound tour with Jucy from bookme website at a discounted price, starting of from Te Anau. The bus picked us up from our Te Anau accommodation, Shakespear House Bed and Breakfast at 815am. The group was small, only 7 of us.

One thing to note is that along the road to Milford Sound and at Milford Sound and on the cruise, our phone has no reception at all even though we bought the NZ SIM card from Spark.

The guide stopped at many points along the drive from Te Anau to Milford Sound for us to take photos.

The Mirror Lake

Back in the bus, I took some photos too.

After a while, the bus stopped and we were captivated by the beautiful scenery around us.

We were booked for the 1115am cruise. Hence, the guide left a few scenic points for the return journey. We arrived at Milford Sound at 11am. The guide told us that at 1pm, it would be very crowded as the tours from Queenstown would have arrived so we avoided the crowd :)

The guide gave each of us a cruise ticket and …