Once we got back on the road we decided to head for the glaciers, rather than exploring Hokitika. While the whole of the West Coast is lovely, with lush rainforests and bush, the Glacier Country is even more so.
It was warm, but rainy, with low cloud and mist clinging to the hills. These three photos at the rest stop and campsite at Lake Ianthe are typical. What you can’t see of course, are the notorious West Coast sandflies. I stayed well-covered, and we made sure to keep the car doors closed while we took a break.
The Department of Conservation do a good job with sites like this: clean toilets, a fresh water tap, covered rubbish bins, picnic table and barbecue spot. There’s a fee of a couple of dollars for campers, and an honesty box for collecting the fee.