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February 24, 2015 In life

Fox Glacier for Valentine’s Day

New Zealand Tales: Part Twelve

For three weeks, we’re traveling the country of New Zealand (#WatsonsdriveNZ) and blogging our way through it. Follow along + catch up by reading Part OnePart TwoPart ThreePart FourPart FivePart SixPart SevenPart EightPart NinePart Ten and Part Eleven.

Happy Valentine’s Day! (To us, at the time, on February 14th, not now when I’m publishing it, obviously.) We woke up in St. Arnaud and got on the road headed for Fox Glacier. Our first destination was the Pancake Rocks but on route, we saw a sign – Seal colony, 14km. Let’s do it! We drove off the highway to another beautiful beach and walked to see the seals. The seal colony wasn’t exciting (does 3 make a colony?) but the beach was beautiful.

Now, we were at that important crossroads in a road-trip. 55km to empty. We have 52km to cover before a gas station in the direction we want to go. Or we backtrack 10km to a gas station to be safe. Randy asked me what we should do. “Well, at home, I’d always, always take the risk and just go. I don’t believe 0km to empty makes you run out. Gotta be a buffer. But I don’t want to be responsible for this decision.” Randy made the safe call and we back-tracked to Westport and filled up. Good thing, because apparently there used to be gas 52km away but it closed down and it was a much longer stretch. Whoops! That’s why I got married.

Pancake Rocks was a cool spot. They really do look like pancakes stacked on top of each other! I debated looking up more information to explain why/how they look like this – but I’m writing enough – so you could google how that happened. ;) We walked a half hour loop to check out the coastline.

This whole day of driving was some of the most beautiful we’ve done. We got out at a lookout point to take a few photos – so pretty! After a quick lunch at Speight’s Brewery in Greymouth, we drove another three hours to Fox Glacier.

Around dinnertime, we arrived at a Bed and Breakfast called Misty Peaks. Randy found this place online – and it was the most expensive of our accommodation but a fun splurge for Valentine’s Day. The property is beautiful and we loved our room! We drove into town (one minute drive – and by the town, I mean a gas station, four restaurants and a corner store?) and had dinner at The Last Kitchen. The food was so, so good. We loved this spot.

  

  • Sarah Booth

    when i traveled the south island in 2010 with my best friend (who lives there) we would always joke when we drove through one of the (tiny) beautiful towns… “we blinked and we were past it!” :P love love this part of nz! thanks for being so thourough with your posts!!

  • Simone Anne

    Love this! Sounds like the perfect way to spend VDay. :) I always love having a splurge day/dinner/night when I’m traveling with my bf. Makes one day extra memorable. haha. Love those rocks! So pretty.

  • I am loving reading these posts! They are so fun and your storytelling type writing keeps me entertained, I feel like I’m almost there. The photos are beautiful as well! Thanks for sharing all about it, sounds like an amazing trip!