Day 4 & 5 : Traversing through Wanaka to Fox Glacier and Lake MathesonWe drove from Te Anau to Wanaka and tried some local cuisine suggested by our Airbnb hosts- and as with most places were thoroughly impressed with the quality of ingredients used by NZ kitchens. Day 5 we drove on to Fox Glacier and made a joyful little stop at Lake Hawaea.
Fox GlacierWe did the fox glacier valley walk the next day. From the parking there's a track through native plants and trees and then a long walk on the river bed. At the end of the track there's a climb to reach the lookout point from where we could see the glacier.On the way to Hokitika, we stopped at Lake Mahinapua with near to zero expectations as we have been a bit disappointed from last two days. To our surprise, it was stunning and I still feel thankful that we did stop there. Nobody was present except us four, the whole place was for us. The lake was calm and serene. I was overjoyed and filled peace and ecstasy.
Fox Glacier is a 13km long ice river, fed by the four alpine glaciers. Flowing through the temperate forest landscape, this river is an amazing natural wonder that you just can't miss. The valley around the glacier, and the easy access to it gives an explorer the perfect opportunity to wander around this amazing spectacle. The scenic walks around the valley provide amazing views of the glacier from different angles. You can either chose to hike up to the glaciers that feed the river or take a helicopter ride to the top. After you reach the top, it's time for some fun! With snow boots and an ice pick in your hand, traverse through the blue ice crevasses and icy caves.Activities for the day: Walking on a glacier and discovering the ice river of New Zealand.Cost: A guided tour of the Fox Glacier starts at 59NZD or Rs. 3,000 and can go up to 900 NZD or Rs. 40,000 depending on what activities you do.After Fox Glacier, it's onward to a dramatic change of scenery. Day 6 and 7: Abel Tasman National Park
On your fourth day, bid adieu to Queenstown and move onwards. The ride today takes you past some of the most stunning New Zealand landscapes. Alpine scenery welcomes you as you make your way past the Haast Pass and the swimmable waterfalls at every corner tempt you to just stop and dive in. The rugged West Coast of the glaciers gives you a glimpse of snowcapped mountains and white ice as far as the eye can see. You reach the tiny townships settled near the coast of Fox Glacier and spend the rest of the day New Zealand honeymoon cozying in the room or marvelling at the stunning views around you.