Driving through Haast Pass on the way to Fox Glacier was spectacular. The journey took us past blue lakes, green valleys, and let us out on the wild West Coast. It was one of the most diverse drives we have had in New Zealand!
We did a number of things the first day we were at Fox Glacier. First, we went over to Lake Matheson to see the famous mirror views of Mount Cook. It was a nice walk, but unfortunately it was cloudy and we didn’t see the view.
After that, we made our way over to the beach to take a walk on the beautiful pebble beach.
We ended our day going to the Fox Glacier, where we got to get close to the end of the glacier. It was amazing seeing how much larger the glacier was only a few years ago. Climate change is truly a thing, I promise!
On the second day we headed out to do the Copland Track, which was our last overnight hike in New Zealand with Luca’s parents. The Copland Track was recommended to us by a couple of people and we were drawn to it because of the natural hot springs at the end of the track. We heard that it was pretty easy terrain and very beautiful. Unfortunately, we did not have luck with us. The weather was very cloudy on the first day and on the second day we got caught in a New Zealand Western downpour on the way home. It was a little miserable. The track was easy in a way because it was mostly flat, but the terrain was a little difficult to navigate, especially in the rain. It was very slippery with the exposed roots sticking out of the ground and moss covered rocks layering the path. It was not our favorite experience on our trip, but an adventure none-the-less.
One of the most memorable parts of walking the Copland Track was going over the long suspension bridges. Walking over a deep valley in what felt like a swinging basket did not make my tummy feel so good.
After drying off the following day, we made our way back to Queenstown to drop Luca’s parents off at the airport. On the way, we stopped at Blue Pools Walk, which was a nice nice detour. It is amazing how blue the water is in the Alpine Regions of New Zealand!
It was sad saying goodbye to Luca’s parents, but the trip gave us fond memories we can have for the rest of our lives.