Another early start but thankfully I was able to snuggle up in my sleeping bag for a little bit longer. Last night was our first night sleeping in a campervan and it surprisingly wasn’t too bad. It kind of felt like I was sleeping on our lounge which I’ve done too many times in the past.
A lovely lady who ran the campsite advised us that we should head up north, so we cleaned up and started on our 40 minute journey to Punakaki to the Truemans Track. As we walked along the gritty sand the end of the track greeted us with an ocean cave which I couldn’t have been more happy to see after what felt like forever walking along this so called ‘sand’. It was time to brave the surface and put our feet through pain once more and make our way to the Pancake Rocks. I personally thought they were pretty fascinating but nothing to really write home about.
We then headed south along the West Coast to the Hokitika Gorge, the drive was stunning, such lush landscapes and adorable farm animals. I couldn’t of been more excited! I quickly make my way down the track to see with my own eyes how spectacular the water and stone is in real life. I saw a Stoat for the first time as I made my way across the suspension bridge to get as close to the water as possible. The water is such a beautiful milky blue/teal and felt surprisingly nice considering the weather being quite overcast, safe to say Hokitika Gorge sure is Gorge-ous!
After taking in the beauty of Hokitika Gorge as much as possible we hit the road to Frans Josef, we saw several people using cows, goats, and Shetland ponies to cut/eat their front lawns. We arrived at Frans Josef around 8pm and found ourselves a nice little camp site nestled in the towing mountains that surrounded this tiny town.