Despite my trepidation, I soon got the hang of walking with the crampons on and really enjoyed myself. The trip took well over 4 hours in total so it was rather later that I had planned when we left the small township of Franz Josef bound for Greymouth.
We did drive down to Okarito as the lagoon here is the largest unmodified wetland in New Zealand and it is famous for its White Heron, the lagoon was large and we did not have time to do this destination justice. This was the same for the small town of Hokitika where we filled up with petrol. We arrived at Greymouth late in the evening and checked into The Greymouth Seaside top 10 Holiday Park, the location of this park was good, it is on a lovely stretch of beach facing the Tasman Sea. The camp has mixed accommodation, from simple camp sites for tents & campervans, cabins, studio units, and small apartments. There was a jumping pillow, playground, large TV room (with sky) BBQ, kitchen, laundry and a games room. As with all accommodation in New Zealand we were asked what kind of milk we wanted upon check in, and given a pint full fat or low fat milk. Just another good thing about this lovley country.