We plan to leave Marahau early and drive to Franz Josef in one day. I recognize this is a long day in the car but I hear this is a beautiful drive and an event in itself. From what I can tell this will take about 7 hours with 2 planned stops along the way. We will stop at Pancake Rocks/Punakaiki to stretch our legs and grab some lunch. I'd also like to check out Hokitika Gorge Scenic Reserve, even though it's a bit off the beaten path. Ideally we would like to get into Franz Josef around sunset. What time should we leave Marahau? We are going mid-April so not sure exactly what time it gets dark. Is this trip even possible in one day or are we pushing it?