TRANZALPINE TRAIN INTO GLACIER COUNTRY
This morning we board the TranzAlpine, renowned as one of the great train journeys of the world – Michael Portillo eat your heart out.
We travel over massive viaducts, river valleys and spectacular gorges as we ascend to Arthur’s Pass National Park located in the centre of the Southern Alps.
We then travelled through the hills to Hokitika which is a lovely beach resort and renowned for its Greenstone, Jade and blown glass. It’s also well know for its white bait patties but didn’t see Sponge Bob Square pants anywhere.
We then went via Franz Josef Glacier to Fox Glacier and were meant to take a helicopter up to the glacier but unfortunately a combination of low cloud and bad weather prevented it. Hopefully we’ll do it from Mount Cook later.
Fox Glacier Town is the very definition of a one horse town. No idea what’s going to happen when the horse leaves!
At least it had a decent Saloon, but oh dear, the flies were vicious.
No matter how hard I looked I couldn’t find a polar bear and trying to buy some Fox Glacier Mints well that was impossible.
Just a thought since little Greta has everyone’s attention just now I wonder if she can tell me who they blamed when the glaciers started receding 25000 years ago!