After we got done with our helicopter ride, we continued driving south to Fox Glacier where we had booked lodging at a 700 acre working farm/bed and breakfast called Clearwater B&B. We had never stayed in a B&B before and the fact that it was a farm made it all the more interesting. Upon arriving, we were delighted to see that it was nestled below Fox Glacier, providing stunning views for us to enjoy during our visit.
The family of 4 was incredibly hospitable. It was more like staying with friends than going to a hotel. I really liked it, although I think Nick longed for a bit more privacy (not sure what he thought it was going to be like). We had lots of time to chat with the family and I loved how worldly the kids were because of all the travelers they had met. I hope that our kids end up benefiting in the same way. The shot above was a picture of the front yard and what we got to look out on as we enjoyed our breakfast.
My hands-down favorite part of the stay were the 7 peacocks that roamed the yard. I sounded like Veruca Salt from Willy Wonka saying, “I want a peacock Nick (said in my whiniest tone)!” I thought they were simply delightful – so regal and poised. The kids on the other hand, hated them, and talked at length about how they’d like to eat them (they supposedly taste like turkey). Too bad they’re Dad’s pet animal! :) The highlight of the stay was seeing one of them in full bloom, showing off for their mate. I had never seen that before – WOW!
We had a very relaxed stay while we were there and took full advantage of the very cool animals on the farm. Here are a few of my other favorites:
The other highlight of our time there was trying a delightful cafe called Matheson Cafe. It’s had to decide what was better, the food or the views. We ended up dining there for both dinner and lunch. Mmmm.
We’re on to more adventures on the South Island… blogs and pics coming soon!
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