The road from Queenstown to Franz Josef winds up, through, and down the Southern Alps to the West Coast. Around every corner (and there were many!) was a new vista, with large lakes and peaks withholding no wonders.
We pulled over (along with many others) along the way at Blue Pools, a series of deep ultramarine glacial pools in Mount Aspiring National Park. Swinging bridges, beautiful water, and the lush rainforest all proved fruitful for photographs and mere enjoyment!