Cave-Stream

Excursion to Cave Stream, NZ

I first learned about Cave Stream while putting together a list of geocaches we might try to find to while on vacation in New Zealand. In December, I started trying to convince the rest of the family that walking up a stream in a cave for 600 meters would be a great adventure. By the…

Harihari

Driving NZ – Franz Josef to Arthur’s Pass

Another day, another scenic drive on New Zealand’s South Island. According to multiple sources on teh interwebz (that’s what happens when you hang out with teens 24/7 for more than a week), a non-stop journey along the 235 km of (mostly) one-lane-in-each-direction highway between Franz Josef and Arthur’s Pass should take about three hours. We…

Franz-Josef-Glacier

Hiking New Zealand – Franz Josef Glacier

We drove 8 hours from Queenstown to the very small, adventure tourist-oriented town of Franz Josef in Westland Tai Poutini National Park mainly for the chance to heli-hike on Franz Josef Glacier. When we arrived to check in with Franz Josef Glacier Guides we learned that no helicopters had gone up for the past three…

Bruce-Bay

Driving NZ – Queenstown to Franz Josef

We started Day 6 of our New Zealand family vacation with a short walk to the car rental outlet in Queenstown. In exchange for a copy of Mr. GeoK’s international driving permit and an imprint of his credit card, they handed over the keys to a Toyota Highlander, which easily swallowed our 4 carry-on sized…