Today was a travel day. We were loaded by 10am and made our way through some dramatic landscape. We followed along lakes and mountains and headed to the west coast of New Zealand toward the Franz Joseph Glacier area. We made several stops along the way for photos and stretch our legs. We had lunch in a little town called Haast on the west coast. The scenery really changed from arid to more tropical. We drove through a rainforest where it rains 2 out of 3 days. We have hit it right and had a gorgeous day today and it's supposed to be tomorrow too.
We finally stopped at the beach which reminded me of the movie The Piano and why I wanted to see this foreign land so much. It's so varied and lush. I have a hard time wrapping my head around some of it to see tropical plants and ferns and mountains with snow on them in the background. The sand was dark almost black and the rocks beautifully white. The Tasmanian Sea is so blue and the rocks and shoreline are breath taking. Big day tomorrow with a glacier hike. Hope I can keep up!