After the hike in Abel Tasman and a day in Golden bay I went to the West Coast. Here clearly when there is a big sun is that you are lucky 😉.
On the west coast, a first stop is to note: pancakes Rocks. These are eroded rocks in stacks of pancakes! A small way forward is made to have views on all parts.
After a night by a lake I went to Arthur’s Pass. Do not get discouraged if the weather is gray, rainy on the west side. Indeed, once the first mountains past there is a good chance that the sky is very clear!
I did the trek Devils punchbowl waterfall and even if at the beginning the coat and cap was de rigueur they were quickly put off!
Then I took the road to Pearson Lake. To be honest the road to go was worth more than the lake itself 🙄.
After a rainy day in Hokitika, I went to see its gorge. I think that after several days of good weather the color must be even more impressive but frankly it was already really very beautiful!!
Then I went to the glaciers and mirror Lake Matheson. Except that the view was completely blocked. And since there was light wind, the lake was not completely mirror either 😪.
Beware, on the west coast, between the glaciers and Haast there is no fuel, no signal! You can find a free camp on Wikicamps but it’s just a little stop near the beach (but not a lot of traffic).
On the way to Queenstown I stopped at the blue pools. It’s really beautiful! You can jump from the bridge but outside of the summer the water is a bit chilly 😅.