After all the rains of the previous day, today turned out to be a glorious sunny day. We left our hotel and made our way to Franz Josef Glacier. we didn’t have the time nor the inclination to view the glacier up close. So we were satisfied with just taking a 2.5 km stroll to get some good views of the glacier from a distance of about a km.
After that, we made our way up the West Coast, to Punakaiki. Punakaiki is famous for it’s ‘pancake rocks’. And they are certainly worth seeing. In addition, maybe due to the warm sunny weather compared to the rest of the South Island, I found it to be one of the more beautiful places that we had visited this far on the South Island. Punakaiki is also the southernmost region in the world where palms go naturally. And this certainly helped add to the lazy, sub tropical feel of the place.