On the drive from Greymouth to Franz Josef we were on the hunt to find the perfect jade pendent which brought us to Hokitika. My perfect piece is a brilliant green circularly carved flower jade piece found at Hokitika Craft Gallary. To our delight the artist of the piece, Jayme Anderson was working the studio that day.
I learned flower jade gets its name from the yellow rind that shoots through the outer edges of the stone. The stone rarity and beauty makes it used sparingly.
The drive had incredible views of the glacier water throughout the drive down. We are staying at Chateau Franz Josef in The Love Shack” for a great price! It does not disappoint! The Love Shack is a converted camper trailer with heaps of character that includes pinned red velvet star fabric ceiling, large ceiling mirror above the bed, VHS/TV and hanging swing off the front porch.