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July 30, 2014

Glacier Country

More from the NZ roadtrip. We managed to visit Franz Josef and Fox glaciers, as well as Lake Matheson, in one day. With the glaciers, you can either do a tour with a company which flies you onto the glacier itself via helicopter (pricey) or just walk up to the terminal face (which is what we did). I'd read somewhere that it rains a lot here, so we were lucky to have a sunny day.


First stop was Franz Josef. The walk across the valley takes a good while (about 40 minutes).



Luckily the scenery is pretty impressive.




In the end the walk to the viewing platform wasn't really worth it - this glacier is receding so you couldn't see much up close anyway.


We then drove down to the Fox Glacier township, and took a half an hour walk through a forested area...


To see Lake Matheson, famed for its reflective surface, with Mt Cook in the background.


To be honest? This is the one place on our whole trip that looked better in photos.


We soldiered on to Fox Glacier. For a sense of scale, check out the group of people standing by the river!


The walk up to this glacier was a bit more challenging.


But more worth it than Franz Josef, I'd say. Again, look for the people on the ice at the bottom right, it was massive.



We hadn't eaten all day so we passed by this cute bakery in Franz Josef we'd bought breakfast from earlier in the day.


Sunset as we drove to the town we'd stay at for the night.

21 comments:

  1. Amazing photos!

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  2. Wahhh gooorgeous views and who needs a helicopter when
    you walk to it while admiring the surroundings c: Nice to
    hear that this Franz Josef has a bakery like that :P Xx

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  3. gorgeous! i think i would pinch myself if i saw this in person. bet the air is so fresh there too!

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  4. that sunset is beautiful. i can't believe you're visiting all these incredible places. crazy to think they're all natural. Fox Glacier is HUGE. You're right, once you compare them to that teeny group of people, it's breathtakingly impressive. It's awesome that you were able to capture it's fall scale in the frame of your photo.

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  5. Yay for pretty pictures! I find it crazy how much the glaciers and fjords you visited in NZ this Summer are set in such a similar landscape to the ones I visited this Summer in Norway and Iceland. We could switch holiday snaps and I don't think anyone would notice!

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    1. So true, crazy to think they're at opposite corners of the Earth!

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  6. The ice is receding so much :( how worrisome. Beautiful scenery though--your photographs make me want to go.

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  7. That reflective surface of the lake is amazing!

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  8. It looks so peaceful and quiet, the water is so still! Lovely photos as always :)

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  9. Beautiful photos! It looks so serene there.

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  10. Your photos are so pretty!
    Was the hike/walk up the glacier hard? We're contemplating between the helicopter & just walking it!

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    1. The walk to Franz Josef Glacier is okay, walk to Fox is a bit harder with a steep hill but still manageable! Walking only takes you to the face of the glacier though, if you want to walk on the glacier itself via helicopter I image it would be a totally different experience!

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  11. Woah! These photos are ravishing. I've been stung by the green stuff again ahah x

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  12. the scale of the final glacier is insane, i wouldn't have spotted the people if you hadn't mentioned. seriously, i'd love to go traveling with you. thanks for your comments over the last 2 blog posts, funny as I do read books on the train but on my kindle app now....it's never ending!

    Buckets & Spades

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  13. I love the photos. It looks so calm and pieceful :) I would love to go there.

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  14. So beautiful. I really want to go to NZ. It is actually the location I want to visit the most right now.

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  15. wow such a beautifully and naturally abundant place. heavenly indeed

    btw do check out my new post
    stay in touch
    xx

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  16. So amazing Jane! I am so envious of this trip! x

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  17. Oh wow, you seriously capture the most beautiful photos. This looks like quite the trip!

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