Passing through Queenstown and Wanaka with nice and hot weather we took the Haast-pass during strong rainfalls to the west coast. The Haast pass and the following town Haast was named by Julius Haast, a german explorer and mountaineer that also named one of the glaciers after the long ruling emperor Franz-Josef. The other glacier is the Fox glacier – I didn´t check where this name came from.
To both glaciers lead walkways to see them from a closer distance. In fact there is not so much to see from this walkways. Even with the nice weather we were a bit disappointed by these poor views we got. I guess to get a really decent view a ride with a plane or a helicopter is needed. A much nicer stop was in Okarito – sun and a very nice, long sandy beach invited to a beachwalk. For a swim it was much too windy. It was so nice there that we stayed in this village overnight at the campground.
Next day was again nice, but the weather forecast was really bad. The leftovers from a typhoon were heading from the northern Island to the South Island and so we had to look for a more waterproof accommodation than a tent. So the next two days we stayed in Motels overnight and did a lot of driving during the day to pass the bad weather as fast as possible.