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Mar 4, 2015 - Franz Joseph Glacier

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – New Zealand chapter on The West Coast has to say about Franz Josef Glacier: “Literally the biggest highlights of the Westland Tai Poutini National Park are the Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers. Nowhere else at this latitude do glaciers come so close to the ocean. The glaciers’ staggering development is largely due to the West Coast’s ample rain. Snow falling in the glaciers’ broad accumulation zones fuses into clear ice at 20m depth then surges down the steep valleys. The rate of...

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May 22, 2014 - Franz Josef

Day 14 Distance: 71 Total: 2896 Campground: Top 10 Fox Glacier We had somewhat of a late start this morning, but not much driving planned for today. Our first stop was Lake Matheson for a scenic walk through the forest to an alpine lake. Following our walk, there was a stop at Lake Matheson Café for our morning coffee, and with mostly cloudy skies, we hit the road to Franz Josef. At Franz Josef, we took the access road to the car park at the glacier access point. The walk to the glacier was about 1.8 miles and much easier than the walk to...

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Apr 12, 2014 - Franz Josef Glacier, South Island, NZ

A longer drive today, much of it through the mountains, so lots of twists and turns. We made several stops for short walks to some very pretty, and in some cases, tall waterfalls. It was a nice way to break up the trip. Our prime destination was glaciers. We first came to Fox Glacier. We've seen the shrinking glaciers in Montana, Canada, and Alaska, but it's still amazing to pass the signs with " The glacier was here in 19xx" and yet no sign of the glacier. We passed the 1935 sign and still drove almost two kilometers to the parking lot and...

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Mar 14, 2014 - Glaciers

Last night I did laundry and wrote my journal, and ended up going to bed shortly before midnight. Woke up around 8 am, and when I looked out I was amazed that it was a clear morning. The sun wasn’t over the mountains yet, and it had rained overnight, but the view of the mountains was great! The picture shows the view – and what “Holiday Parks” look like in general. We fixed breakfast in the kitchen, then drove out the road to a viewpoint of the mountains and Fox Glacier, where you could see most of the glacier. From some of these...

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Feb 17, 2014 - West coast Glaciers and Haast village

Fri 14th Feb……………..Heading to Fox Glacier……… In the morning I am not disappointed as the water is like a millpond and no wind so Steve has decided to come with me. The flight is only 20mins but it “awesome “ as they would say here. The views are stunning and it just makes you appreciate a little bit what it would have looked like when Capt James Cook first landed here all those years ago. It’s so unspoilt and you can see the north island which is only 18 miles away at its nearest point. You also get to see these wonderful homes, way out in...

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Dec 4, 2013 - A Heli of a Hike!!!

This morning was our HeliHike on the Franz Josef Glacier. The guides turned us out in all the latest in glacier fashion; waterproof jacket, waterproof pants, boots and crampons for traction on the ice. After the issuing of equipment and some safety instructions (they really did not want any help in the flying part) we were crammed tightly in a helicopter and off we went for a very scenic delivery to a point on the glacier. I (Dave) thought that the hike part would probably not amount to much, but we tramped up and down, and up and down some...

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Dec 3, 2013 - Movin' on down south to Franz Josef

We left the Breakers B&B and its great view a bit after nine and headed south on the West Coast Road. Almost immediately we started getting glimpses of the really high peaks of New Zealand's "Southern Alps". We stopped and shopped just a bit in Hokitika where we watched a glass blowing factory/shop and bought Marilyn a jade pendant. A quick stop at a beautiful lake and a short walk in the bush. When nearing Franz Josef, we turned off and went to tiny Okarito, a little village right on the coast. There we rented a tandem kayak and went...

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Sep 26, 2013 - New Zealand!

Well hello :D I thought I would update you on the most amazing country that is New Zealand!! I apologise for my delay but wow is this country stunning. Okay, so lets start from the beginning shall we? Are you sitting comfortably? Then I shall begin.. I arrived in Auckland. Hmm was my first response to this city to be honest...I didn't get a good vibe from it like I did from Perth and Sydney, ( which by the way was a brilliant few days!! Don't recall if I have told you about that bit!) Anyway, the first night in Auckland was okay, bit dull,...

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Jul 17, 2013 - The Hostel World

The Hostel World I left my cozy little apartment in Q-town yesterday morning and headed west and north toward the coast. My first stop was Lake Wanaka, Queenstown’s little sister in terms of looks. I stopped there just long enough to take a couple of pictures and pick up a take away flat white and the biggest cheese scone I’ve ever seen in my life. Take away is what they call to go. A flat white is like a latte only with one shot of expresso and less foam. I ask for a large every time but finally realized they only have one cup size and it...

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Mar 28, 2013 - Glacier Hot Pools

So this evening we went to the hot pools spa, pretty much because it was free because we went on the heli hike! there was three pools 36 38 40oc which were all good. I was really surprised when i got out because i was knacked had no energy. Aswell some random kid came up to dad and said "You got a six pack!" and dad relied "I think your find is a eight pack" Brilliant!

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Mar 28, 2013 - Franz Josef Glacier

Today we got a helicopter to the top of a glaciers and with ice strikes on your boots you were able to walk on the glacier, We were abit worried about the weather because in Franz Josef weather wasn't great but when we got over the clouds the weather was amazing, and was amazing to see and be able to walk on a glacier!

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Mar 27, 2013 - Glow-worm hunting

Last Night we went for a walk on the Terrace Walk track with if famous for its glow-worm we got to the end of the track and only show one or two then walking back at 9oclock the whole track was fill of them! unfortunately the pictures didn't come out very good.

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