Soon after we reached back at the base, we continued our journey. We had very less time with us and had a long way to go. We stopped at Lake Pukaki to admire the beauty of the place. Lake Pukaki is the largest lake in South Island covering an area of roughly 178 km square. There was a store from where we got fresh Salmon Sashimi. That was the best Salmon that I had ever.
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
This wonder is in Waitomo in the North Island of Newzealand and was explored by two brave hearts for the first time in 1887. The stone formations within the cave were created when the region was still under the ocean millions of years ago. The magical part is its population of glow-worms which amazes the explorers by their twinkling glow in the complete darkness of the cave.
Devonport is another island which can be reached in 12 minutes via ferry from Auckland Central. Victoria hill on Devonport sports is one of the oldest forts found in New Zealand. The lanes in the fort are quite narrow and spooky. People say that the air inside the fort is chilly because of the souls of ancient warriors that still haunt the place. Nevertheless, this hill is one of the best places to experience the beauty of the setting sun in this land of fire (Acronym given to New Zealand because of the numerous volcanoes the country has!! As a matter of fact, Hill Victoria is also an extinct volcano!!). The 360 degree view you get from the top makes you want to live here. FOREVER!!
Book the lovely Glacier Valley Ecotour for your hikes to the glacier valleys of Franz Josef and Fox plus the picturesque Lake Matheson which gives some stunning 'mirror' photos (weather and ducks permitting). You need a guide to hike in the valleys anyway, and these guys take care of every need - food, hot drinks, even rain wear - we hiked all day in the rain and were bone dry. We were the only two people on that day, so it was a private tour! Our guide drove us off into a field into the countryside and we had lunch with an unobstructed view of Fox Glacier - could you ask for more?