Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand

In October 2006 we did a trip to New Zealand starting with a few days in the North Island covering Aukland and Rotorua. From Rotorua we flew to Blenheim in the South Island via Wellington.The bulk of the trip covered the South Island starting from Blenheim and driving around the island anti-clockwise visiting Picton, Nelson, Punakaiki, Hokitika, Franz Josef Glacier, Fox Glacier, Lake Matheson, Haast, Queenstown, Te Anua, Milford Sound, Dunedin, Moeraki, Oamaru, Mount Cook and finishing in Christchurch.

We drove from Punakaiki to Franz Josef Glacier staying at the most beautiful B&B, Holly Homestead. The room was very comfortable, even had heated tiles in the bathroom, great breakfast and very helpful and friendly hosts.

Franz Josef / Waiau is a small town in the West Coast region of the South Island of New Zealand. Whataroa is 32 kilometres to the north-east, and the township of Fox Glacier is 23 kilometres to the south-west. State Highway 6 runs through the town.

Our first evening we headed into town for dinner – we had a big day tomorrow as we had signed up for the glacier walking tour.

The next day we headed up the small road that led to the Franz Josef Glacier and got kitted out for our trek and glacier walk.

After driving up to the small car park at the end of the road we then had a trek up the barren and rocky valley floor to the glacier.

Once we reached the base of the glacier it was time to don our crampons to walk on the ice. It was a wet and rainy day making it rather miserable and very difficult to take photographs.

We were visited by a Kea bird on the glacier – if you look closely at the picture above you can see it sitting on the ice.

The glacier was incredible and it was quite an experience to be walking on the ice. The light shining on the frozen ice reflected an incandescent blue colour.

We could sometimes hear in the distance loud sounds of small avalanches of ice falling which was disconcerting.

We got back to our B&B totally exhausted but what an experience it was. The comfort of our B&B, the hot shower and the heated floors were much appreciated.

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