All hail me or face the wrath of my COW ARMY!!
The drive from Queenstown to Franz Josef is long, about 6-7 hours long. However, it is perhaps one of the most amazing drives I have ever been on, particularly the section between Queenstown and Haast. Everywhere you look is something worth taking a photo of and of the places we stopped I can barely remember where most of them were (such as where this photo was taken):
However, one place that you can’t forget is Lake Hawea. I’m not sure what the peak in these photos is, but I have a suspicion it is either Mt.Lisa or Dingle Peak (I think dingle peak is actually further right):
Once again, I couldn’t resist the chance for a panorama (1.8mb)
Rolling hills and snow-topped mountains as far as the eye can see:
As the drive went on, the weather slowly got worse, but that just made some of the views a little more eerie:
The further into the mountains we headed on the road to Franz Josef, the more cloud there was hanging around. The atmosphere was quite weird, with clouds lowering light and visibility, giving us only glimpses of mountains with no idea how high they went or how far they expanded:
Stepping out of the car greeted you with almost no sound save some light wind. It was much like calm before a big storm, very spooky. However, it could just have been the way the cows seemed to flock to the sight of a real life human:
From this point in the holiday onward, the weather decided not to be our friend. Still, we’d had a good run in this regard, so we weren’t too fussed. Maybe it was because later that night we got to use the internet in a bus.