After beautiful Wanaka it was time to drive up to the west coast of the south island and go and explore the glaciers. Fox glacier and Franz Josef, which are the two most popular ones on the island, are extremely close to the ocean. They’ve told me that they are the closest glaciers in the world.

The west coast in the south, so after the village called Haast, is pretty rough as you can see. This was at a free campground near Fox Glacier. Via Campermate we find our places to stay for the night. A great app that saves you a lot of money :-)

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Somehow, the stone beach is covered with old trees. They must wash ashore I guess, but from where do they come?

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On the way to these places we stopped at the Blue Pools. Gorgeous clear pools in the forest. There is a lot of trout in these waters but fishing is prohibited here. I really liked the hanging bridges which move a lot of course ;-)

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Gorgeous isn’t it? No Photoshop effects or filters here, this is all real :-) We couldn’t touch the water but it looked very cold! Oh and there are also a lot of sand flies here. Have you heard of them before? They look like harmless flies but they bite you and this can itch for a week! ARRGHH!!

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The last few pictures are views over Lake Wanaka. It was very windy that day as you can see on the lake. A gorgeous spot in New Zealand!

Have you ever seen such a clear blue water? Where and when did you see it?

Safe travels, Claudia

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