Hike #5 : Franz Joseph glacier

Hike #5 : Franz Joseph glacier

You want to discover a glacier without risking mountaineering, the Franz Joseph Glacier allows you. Easily accessible and of rare beauty, this glacier is a must see of New Zealand.

About the hike

Although today’s glacier has shrunk considerably, the echoes of its frozen past are still visible in today’s landscape. It is one of three glaciers to be located near the coast.

We did 2 hikes. The first is a short hike of 1h30 round trip. It is a walk that can be done in family and to have a global view of the glacier. As you walk through the rocky valley, you can see waterfalls and the old glacier bed.

But the most interesting is the Robert’s point track. 13Km long and 5h30 (round trip), it will take you closer to the glacier. You will have to cross a majestic forest, multiple suspension bridges and even climb some walls. Moreover on this last point, it is better to go under sunny weather because the rocks are very quickly slippery. In addition, if the rain falls, water currents on the course can take you away. We speak knowingly, having done so in the rain. However, the game is worth the effort because the view at the end of the hike is breathtaking. You will be closer to the glacier.

 

 

Caracteristics

Level : intermediate to confirmed according to the weather

Duration : 5h30 for Robert’s Point track

Required equipment : Good hiking shoes, sunscreen, hat / cap.

In conclusion, the Franz Joseph Glacier is a must see of New Zealand. Larger than the Fox Glacier, it has one of the most beautiful hikes we have ever made: the Robert’s Point track. If you want a more family-friendly hike, it is also possible for you to get closer to the glacier and enjoy beautiful scenery.

Localisation

From the village of Franz Josef, head south on the Waiho River Bridge. After the bridge, turn left onto the Franz Josef glacier access road.
Most hiking trails are accessible from the car park at the end of this 4 km road.

 

First days at Dublin – Part I

First days at Dublin – Part I

Hello everyone ! Today, I give you an account of the first three days spent in Dublin and its surroundings.

Day 1 

Despite a stormy weather, out of the question for me to stay warm under my comforter! At first, I decided to discover the capital without having a specific program. I then head south of the city and discover the impressive building that forms the former Irish parliament. Opposite is the equally majestic gardens and buildings of Trinity College.

I continue on Gratton Street, famous shopping street where many street artists regularly play music. The place is very lively, day and night. You can also find the tourist office of the city located in an old church. At the end of the street, I arrive at the entrance to Saint Stephen’s Green Park. The park is very well maintained and is characterized by Victorian style gardens and a charming lake. This is the perfect place for a romantic get-together 🙂

Day 2 

Some time ago, I heard about a seaside resort called Dun Laoghaire, which would be easily accessible from the city center. A shopkeeper tells me to take the DART (public transit service of the city) to get there.

 

The journey takes only about twenty minutes, the time for me to admire Dublin Bay and the Howth peninsula that appears in the distance. The seaside promenade is almost deserted but remains pleasant despite the strong winds. At the end of the pier is the James Joyce Tower which houses a small free museum.

 

On the other hand if you like shopping, I advise you to go for a walk in the city center since Dun Laoghaire has more than 200 shops!

Day 3 

Raining cats and dogs. So I choose to go to the National Gallery of Ireland. The museum is free but a donation, even small, is recommended. The interior layout is amazing: the entrance is made of raw concrete which contrasts with the worked facade dating from the seventeenth century. The place is filled with corridors that lead to small intimate rooms as well as gigantic halls with dozens of paintings.

The whole is quite eclectic since Irish paintings dating from the twentieth century rub shoulders with the Italian Renaissance. To note, a very beautiful painting of Caravage newly acquired by the museum.

In the coming days, I intend to go to Northern Ireland for a day to go to the famous Giant’s Causeway. If you want to know more, come back to visit our website 😉

Hike #3 : Glow worms at Broken Hills

Hike #3 : Glow worms at Broken Hills

You are in the Coromandel area? If you want to see glow worms without paying a dime, have a look at the Broken Hills Mine!

About the hike

The Broken Hills Mine is in the middle of a forest crossed by multiple streams. Old elements of the Gold Rush era persist in the midst of a flamboyant nature that has since re-established its rights.
The hike is not difficult since one evolves on rather flat tracks. Dotted with different mines, we can also discover glow worms if we are lucky!
The mines are more or less long, sometimes just leading to a cul-de-sac. Some contain, however, streams and are quite deep.

Characteristics

Level : Easy

Time : About 2h round trip

Required equipment : Baskets, headlamp

In conclusion, if you want to try to see the famous glow worms of New Zealand, do not wait! Without paying a penny you can attend their show luminescent.

Localisation

This hike is in a set of hikes called Broken Hills walking tracks. It is located about 20 minutes from Pauaunui, 40 minutes from Thames (GPS coordinates: – 37.105234, 175.738165). You will easily see indications on the road to take and the various hikes around.

 

Logbook: arrival in Dublin

Logbook: arrival in Dublin

Imminent takeoff for Dublin!

6.30pm – Orly airport

The plane finally takes off, with a half-hour late. I am borrowed from a mixture of excitement and apprehension. It must be said this is the first time I go on a solo adventure. In spite of that I fall asleep in a few minutes.

8.00pm – Dublin airport

I wake up with a start when the plane lands. The mind still clouded, I go down the track, get my stuff at the terminal and head to the exit. I am pleasantly surprised by the clear weather and mild temperatures (it is 9 °).

The time of a cigarette, I hesitate between taking an Uber or the bus to Dublin city center. The seller looks cool, I opt for the second option. In a loud and warm voice, he tells me on a map where I have to go and accompanies me to my bus rewarding me with a “have a nice trip”. I recommend this formula at the unbeatable price of 7 euros against 30 euros on average for the taxi.

8.30pm – Dublin city center

When I arrive, I discover a city full of lights and excitement. I make my way to my hostel (Abigail’s hostel) where I am greeted by a very nice hostess. I drop my things and come out almost immediately.

For this first getaway, I make it simple and decide to walk along the Liffey, the river that runs through the capital. Following the docks, I meet many pubs with colorful storefronts where escapes the scent of beers and notes of traditional music. A little further, they gradually give way to ultra-modern buildings that form the business district.

After this short excursion, it’s time for me to return. I invite you to return regularly to the site to discover with me Northern Europe!

Hike #1 : The Blue Spring river

Hike #1 : The Blue Spring river

You are in the Waikato area? If you are starting out on a hike, here is one accessible and at least beautiful.

About the hike

Te Waihou Walkway’s Blue Spring is world-renowned with water so pure that it supplies about 60% of New Zealand’s bottled water. The source is fed by the Mamaku plateau where water takes up to 100 years to filter; the resulting water is so pure and clean that it produces a beautiful blue color while being almost clear. The hike follows this source through large trees that litter the green hills where some cows are living. The trail seems somewhat isolated but many people were practicing it as we walked.

Characteristics

Level: Easy

Duration: Approximately 3 hours round trip

Necessary equipment: Sneakers

In conclusion, a short and pleasant hike to do with family or quietly with friends. Perfect for a first, it reveals the green heights of the region without requiring a lot of equipment or thorough preparation.

The localisation

This hike follows the Blue Spring River, the starting point is 64km (45 minutes by car) southeast of Hamilton. You end up on a parking lot of the Whites Road (GPS coordinates: -38.023829,175.809347). You will easily see indications on the road to take and the various hikes around.