we took a ferry from wellington over to the south island and met back up with our friend bryan to travel around with him a bit. we hiked around abel tasman on st. patrick’s day … I think about a 14km hike. much easier than tongariro. we camped out that evening and celebrated st. patty’s with about 10 other people at the campsite. The stars were fantastic that night …. been awhile since I’ve seen a sky that clear.
parking lot before hiking/camping abel tasman
hiking abel tasman
we spent the next day driving further south to greymouth. got to stay in a really nice hostel there … free wifi (which is unheard of here). made it to franz josef the following day, where christy and I hiked a glacier! pretty freaking amazing! who knows if i’ll ever get a chance to do that again. our guide said that this hike was probably around 18km or so. first time wearing crampons … and i actually don’t even think i knew that word before this hike.