Franz Josef Glacier
The early Maori knew Franz Josef as Ka Roimata o Hine Hukatere (Tears of the Avalanche Girl). Legend tells of a girl losing her lover who fell from the local peaks, and her flood of tears freezing into the glacier. The glacier was first explored by Europeans in 1865, with Austrian Julius Haast naming it after the Austrian emperor.
The Coast Road
The highway from Punakaiki to Greymouth is flanked by white-capped waves and rocky bays on one side, and the steep, bushy Paparoa Ranges on the other. At Barrytown, 16km south of Punakaiki, Steve and Robyn run Barrytown Knifemaking, where you can make your own knife – from hand-forging the blade to crafting a handle from native rimu timber.