Day 5: Maruia Hot Springs to Franz Joseph (Via Hokitika)

Today we had a little lie in, followed by a decent coffee (given yesterday’s coffee granules experience, I was having major withdrawal symptoms) within one of the most beautiful tranquil locations I’ve ever experienced. Mountainous ranges with snowy tops surrounded us. The sky was bright blue and the sun so warm and toasty. Added bonus, we were one of a handful of couples there.

After coffee took full advantages of all the facilities, even the plunge pool and came out feeling revived and refreshed (and apparently 10 years younger according to Jules!!)

To top the experience off, we brunched on some of the most amazing savoury scones I have ever tasted.

Hokitika Gorge 

Back on the road, we headed to Hokitika Gorge. The turquoise waters of the gorge is a must see if you are on the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island. So how does the water get this blue colour you ask? Well it’s all down to something called ‘rock flour’ which is ground down mineral-rich schist rock and sandstone which is so fine that instead of settling to the bottom of the river it remains suspended in the water as it flows down from the southern alps. After a few pictures, we headed onto our final destination for the day Franz Joseph.

Franz Joseph

We arrived in Franz about 7pm and headed to Rainforest Retreat for the evening. Obviously we headed straight to the bar for a quick vino before we retired to the camper for a night of wine, cheese and cards.



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