Wednesday, January 29, 2020
After our relatively dry day yesterday in Punakaiki, we encountered more of the rain of the rainy West Coast on our way south to Franz Josef.
Point Elizabeth Track in the rain – palms and seals
We started the day with a hike through rainforest to a coastal viewpoint at Point Elizabeth. Highlights were lots of blooming nikau palm trees, and then our first sighting of fur seals for the trip.
Views from Point Elizabeth:
We stopped to eat lunch and browse the shops offering Maori greenstone carvings.
Another hiking stop – we took the Jum Michel Walk, in the rain, and saw some interesting plants. Once again our guide dropped us at the trailhead, and met us on the other side.
Then we wandered over to Lake Mahinapua to look at what could have been a view to the peaks of the Southern Alps.
Total hike stats for the day: 6 miles, 300 feet.
Our final stop was our lodging in Franz Josef. Tomorrow, if the weather cooperated, we planned to see the Franz Josef glacier.