Land of the long white cloud
"Aotearoa" means the land of the long white cloud in the Maori language, the original inhabitants of N
Months we lived in Asia at temperatures above 30 degrees centigrade and now it is only 16 degrees, dark grey clouds (instead of long white clouds), rainy and a cold wind is torturing us. We are not used to this kind of weather anymore and it is not pleasant to ride the bike. And when after a while my rain pants start to leak i get chilled to the bone. We keep riding, knowing that sometime the sun will be back. And when the sun comes from behind the clouds we can feel the warmth and everything looks better. The smell of the pine trees and the freshly cut grass tickles our noses. Travelling on motorbikes you feel everything more intense, you feel that you are alive. When it gets dry we spot a nice place to camp. Our first night in new Zealand.
Discovering New Zealand
At the west coast there are two beautiful glaciers and at the Franz Josef Glacier we make a glacier walk. The guides supply us with some old glacier boots, probably from Franz himself and some woolen socks from his grandmother. After a 10 minutes bus ride to the glacier my feet are killing me already....We walk up the glacier and when we reach the ice the guide shows how to put on the ice talons. These "metal teeth" will give us grip on the slippery ice. These glaciers are called "warm" glaciers because they reach the rainforests at sea level. They most glaciers melt at altitudes at 2000-3000 m. Carefully we walk along deep cracks and than we have to go through a 30 cm wide split. We squeeze ourselves through the narrow slit. This is cool. Later we have to go through an ice cave. On hands and knees we crawl over deep blue colored ice, pushing ourselves forward with the ice talons. This is exciting and it is a great experience.
Franz Josef Glazier
Touring around over the perfect and empty roads we reach the Bluff. The Kiwi's call this "lands end". It is the end of
In Asia we had to take hotels for the night because it was too crowded to camp but in
Long way fom home...