26 November 2008

Day Four

On Thursday we were readying to vacate the hostel in Haast when the hostel manager filled us in on a sweet deal. There was a jet boat that needed filling, so they were offering tickets for half price. We had considered doing a jet boat in Wanaka, but we didn't go through with it because $100 for one hour seemed a little steep. We were glad, then, to learn that the jet boat on the Waiatoto River would last two and a half hours and cost only $90. The day was simply beautiful. The sky was a beautiful blue. The mountains were stunning, and the river was especially gorgeous. We thoroughly enjoyed our jet boat ride! Plus it was an "eco-tour" which means that we learned lots of cool stuff about the environment and history of the area. Ask me about stoats some time!

The picture on the left is the dune lake, and it was pretty impressive. Very still and quiet, and there were no bugs! (It had something to do with science and the nature of the dune lake, but I don't remember the explanation.) Just on the right side of the photo is a dune. On the other side of the dune is the Tasman Sea. (Picture on the right). In this picture you can just barely see on the left where the dune is beginning. It's really quite cool! (Unfortunately the photos don't fit together the way the land does).

Fox Glacier- We took a hike toward the glacier but couldn't get very close, so we took another hike which gave us more of an overlooking view. Pretty cool! One day when we are rich we will take a helicopter to the top of the glacier and walk around on it.

We found this sign when we couldn't find the campground. (This time we couldn't find it because the sign indicated it was a picnic area. Grr!)

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