Ribbonwood Retreat

26 Greens Road, Franz Josef, Westland National Park, South Island, 7856, New Zealand | B&B
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Travel Blogs from Franz Josef

Flight, tramp with a view and a wounded hobbit

A travel blog entry by jimrob


Saturday 2nd February - flight, tramp with a view and a wounded hobbit

Here in Franz Josef we are staying at Ribbonwood Retreat, in a lovely self-contained cabin in the garden. Very comfortable indeed and with lovely views. Joe, the owner, is a ranger, so is full of knowledge about the local and not too distant areas.
We popped out …

Franz Josef

A travel blog entry by laura_schofield


... to be doing a helicopter trip and glacier hike we phoned ahead instead of venturing outside. Our suspicions were realised and our tour had been cancelled and postponed to the next day in the hopes of an improvement in the weather - no guarantee tho! We were left thinking this is going to be a long few days as the roads were yet again closed so no escape! So we ended up sat at the hostel watching Frozen and eating the pepper ...

An unfortunate event

A travel blog entry by guernsey-girl

... time they had such rain but said no more. About an hour into the trip we stopped at Cromwell for a comfort break. As the driver boarded the coach he gave us all a sympathetic smile and informed us "it was happening again" turns out as last time there was this much rain, the road into Fox and Franz Glaciers had been shut due to flooding and fear if landslides. Off back to queenstown where we spent the rest of the day ...

Franz Joseph Glacier

A travel blog entry by clagolzo


... compacted so much that it became ice, and although it's constantly melting (from the warm temperatures so low down) it's also constantly being replenished (because they get lots of snow every year up top). This melting and replenishing cycle means that the glacier is always in motion - apparently it moves about 5-6m each day! It was really interesting hearing the glacier being talked about like that, ...

Glenorchy, Wanaka and Glacier Country

A travel blog entry by toddlerontour


... of the glacier at certain points in time. A stark demonstration of how much the glacier has receded. A 30 minute walk from the car park across a couple of streams and up a steep path took us to the glacier viewpoint (see picture). We continued up the road towards the Franz Josef glacier with a detour to lake Matheson for possible Mount Cook sightings. It wasn't to be (again) as the clouds had come in and were covering the mountain tops. We did enjoy a good stroll to and ...

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