Okarito, New Zealand
Our friend at Breakers Boutique had recommended us going and checking out this little town called Okarito somewhat on the outskirts of the Franz Josef town. It’s a neat little fishing village surrounded by the sea and marshes and is somewhat of an artist’s commune. Did I mention the insane amounts of ‘don’t run over the kiwi’s’ signs on the way in? Sadly we didn’t see or run over any as I think they’re pretty nocturnal. Tanya and I also recorded a dancing video on the beach here which some sad soul has probably found and posted to the internet [see lost Zumi story farther down].
Franz Josef Glacier
We spent a wonderful Christmas eve in the touristy town of Franz Josef and boy what an adventure that was. Since everything was closed for the night we hunkered down in the ‘Rainforest Inn’ which was set back in the woods a little bit…almost like a rainforest, kinda. Anyway, so not long after we were there…relaxing…having a glass of tea…BEES TOOK OVER OUR ROOM! Not one or three, probably like 30- a whole hive commandeered our nice bathroom and I probably didn’t help matters by *cough* leaving the heat lamp on. Oops! So we got a different room. The actual glacier was awesome and came with some really great warning signs. If you want to actually go on the glacier you need a guide, we didn’t have one and thought we’d be pushing our luck a little too far for the day.
The other fancy glacier in the area is called Fox Glacier- a bit more spikey than Franz Josef and not nearly as far to walk out to. Amazing amounts of water comes out of these glacier things and it has this incredible florescent blue color with a bit of gray smokiness to it. Very cool to see. Not long after visiting the glacier we went to the rainforest outside town where we promptly put our beloved Zumi camera [which was documenting our trip] on top of the car and drove off. We probably spent easily 2 hours looking for it. I almost cried for real. It was a great honeymoon bonding experience for Tanya and I. It also forced our official New Zealand video going from Super8 no sound > Point and shoot early 00’s quality. It actually worked out pretty well, you should check out the videos if you’re new to stalking us. :) Note: I bought a new one as soon as I got home, along with the same exact Olympus wrist strap and carrying case. It took serious time to find it too because I had the special edition one with the ladybug on the front.