Today we drove 6 and a half hours from Wanaka to Franz Josef, home of the Franz Josef glacier which we will hike tomorrow. We made many side stops to take landscape shots and on a black beach lined with white rocks. The tradition is to write a note on the rocks. It is breathtakingly beautiful…minus the sand flies that bit me about 30 times and caused swelling red circles on my legs. The ride was very long but well worth it. The scenery changed from mountains to rainforests and beaches!! I love every second of it!!