|FJ glacier from start of hike|
|FJ end of trail|
We head back to the town and have a brief look around and lunch on our own - it seems a typical little alpine tourist town with every second building either a tourist souvenir shop, a restaurant or a tourist adventure/tour venue.Helicopter rides over the glacier are the big thing - it was offered as an extra but we opted for the morning hike which is included in our mostly-everything-in tour price.A brief stopover and a bit of a relax until everyone else gathers at the hotel and we are back in the vans on the way to a brief afternoon hike of 4.3km around the Lake Matheson Loop and the on to our next home for two nights, the Lake Moeraki Wilderness Lodge. The traffic was a bit hectic, very windy (that's wind-ie, like lots of curves, not weather related) road and on one bridge we are stopped for about 20 minutes while crews work on the one way bridge and nobody crosses. We are crossing over the mountains, to end up on the west side, the Tasman Sea-side of The South Island.
Fitbit, 14 km; MA, 12.5 km; Backroads, 5 miles.