Wanderlustress

Life in Laos through the lens of a diplomatic wife raising twin toddlers.

Campervan Trip on South Island, NZ – Day 2

From Lake Pearson we drove over Arthur’s Pass is fog and rain down along the west coast of South Island to visit Franz Joseph Glacier. Much of the drive looked like this…

Ominous but with hopeful breaks in the clouds.

Ominous but with hopeful breaks in the clouds (ok, not really).

And this…

Winding roads and rain made for good napping.

Winding roads and rain made for good napping.

We camped at Rainforest Retreat, nestled into our little lot thankfully shielded from other campers by thick ferns and trees rather than in one of the other side-by-side open plots. The rain was a bit discouraging but we made the most of playing with sticks and giant fern leaves, and of course, a playground.

Enveloped by giant ferns, the camp had a slight Jurassic Park feel to it.

Enveloped by giant ferns, the camp had a slight Jurassic Park feel to it.

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Rain or shine, we are always excited to see a playground.

We got the heat settings in the campervan right that night and snuggled in with grand hopes for sunshine for our hike to the glacier in the morning…

Well, dashed hopes were still met with an enthusiastic attempt, at least by G&M while O had little desire to be outside trekking in the cold rain, especially when he was hungry. So he and I turned back while the intrepid G&M duo pressed on. Even though I was personally disappointed about not going all the way to the glacier, we managed to at least get to a viewing point before turning back. Without sounding like too much of a geek, I was in complete awe of the fact that we were hiking through a rainforest to get to a glacier already which made reconciling the incongruity of the ecosystems here in my mind made the experience satisfying despite having to tend to the whims of a toddler.

Reluctantly making way towards the glacier.

Reluctantly making our way towards the glacier.

Raining in the rainforest, of course!

Raining in the rainforest, of course!

At least I got to see the dot of white glacier before turning back with O.

At least I got to see the dot of white glacier before turning back with O.

A triple water fall on the way to the glacier.

A triple water fall on the way to the glacier.

And there it is, not right up close but close enough.

And there it is! Not right up close but close enough.

Our happy adventurous girl near the glacier.

Our happy adventurous girl near the glacier.

I could not be happier with the bonding experiences they are having.

I am so happy with the bonding experiences they are having.

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2 comments on “Campervan Trip on South Island, NZ – Day 2

  1. Natasha
    May 16, 2013

    that walk would be too wet for me….your little ones are brave and with such happy smiles at the end 🙂

  2. confessions-of-a-nomad
    May 16, 2013

    It really is beautiful!

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