Travel Blogs from Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand

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Grounded..., Fox Glacier/Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand travel blog

Grounded...

A travel blog entry by paulandciara

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... early. We had planned to look into getting a helicopter flight over one of the glaciers, and we were advised to organize from Franz Josef - the biggest one. At lunchtime we arrived at Fox Glacier and took a walk to the bottom of this one and admired ...

Franz Josef and Fox Glacier, Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand travel blog

Franz Josef and Fox Glacier

A travel blog entry by alexndean

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Alex: We got into Franz Josef and headed straight out to the glacier. The glacier sits at the end of a valley it has calved, and a sign marks the end of the glacier in 1720, about 2 km from the glacial face today. The valley is beautiful and the glacier ...

New Zealand - South Island West Coast, Franz Josef Glacier and Pancake Rocks, New Zealand travel blog

New Zealand - South Island West Coast

A travel blog entry by gonetilwhenever

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The Fox Glacier is one of two major glaciers along the West Coast of South Island; the other is Franz Josef Glacier, just 30 minutes north of Fox. Both glaciers offer heli-hikes, day long and half-day hikes but Franz Josef is said to be more crowded with ...

The Dark of the Glacier, Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand travel blog

The Dark of the Glacier

A travel blog entry by stevejames

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The long retreat, Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand travel blog

The long retreat

A travel blog entry by mbgower

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... of New Zealand's west coast grind and fracture your perspective. They wear away one's sense of scale. At Franz Josef, we park our car where the glacier once stood and hike forest paths along its slow retreat from history. Like all the great ice flows ...

Snow and Ice at the Glacier - no Polar Bears!, Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand travel blog

Snow and Ice at the Glacier - no Polar Bears!

A travel blog entry by alinmattrtw2005

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... car to gaze in awe at the scenery. Soon enough we arrived in the township of Franz Josef - famous for its name sake Franz Josef Glacier which is just outside of town. Our campsite is just so nice, the kitchens are clean and modern, the bathrooms are a ...

Nice To See You, To See You Ice, Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand travel blog

Nice To See You, To See You Ice

A travel blog entry by escapetherace

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... . Once off the bus we began the first leg of the expedition, a nice 45-minute trek to the foot of the Franz Josef Glacier across a semi-lunar landscape of rocks, shingle and creeks. Once at the base the large group had already strung out and had begun ...

Franz Josef Glacier, Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand travel blog

Franz Josef Glacier

A travel blog entry by shonandgraham

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After a brief stop for lunch we then drove to Franz Josef Glacier and instead of walking to the terminal face, we did the Sentinal Rock walk instead, which provides good photos and views of the glacier. The glacier was named by Julius von Haast after ...

Hodge on the rocks, Franz Joseph Glacier, New Zealand travel blog

Hodge on the rocks

A travel blog entry by hodge

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And relax......... Finally caught up with my blog and all the pictures I have taken of this magnificent country. Today I climb a glacier, which was cool enough, but the most impressive thing is the rainforest surrounding it and the Southern Alps in the ...

Tramping around Middle Earth, Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand travel blog

Tramping around Middle Earth

A travel blog entry by martin

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... to wearing green cloaks and other Middle Earth garb. (I read that some Japanese Tolkien fanatics had placed an order with the New Zealand company that supplied costumes for the film crew. The order was not written in Japanese or English, but elveish!) ...

Chapter 11:  Falling from 12,000 feet., Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand travel blog

Chapter 11: Falling from 12,000 feet.

A travel blog entry by easyread

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... forgotten the town. This morning I was psyched to wake up to beautiful blue skies again, and the bus ride down to Franz Josef Glacier was quick and uneventful. Well, maybe it was eventful for those people who got really turned on by panning for gold ...

Mountains, Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand travel blog

Mountains

A travel blog entry by jamie083

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... was hilarious reading his sarcastic responses to some of them. Currently in Franz Josef. Spent all morning walking around on the Franz Josef Glacier which is one of only three glaciers in the world which ends in a rainforest. Also the place they filmed ...

Glacier country, Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand travel blog

Glacier country

A travel blog entry by laurieandjilly

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... a short walk at Lake Matheson which on a good day has fantastic views of Mount Cook before making the 20 km drive to Franz Josef glacier. The hike to the terminal face at Franz Josef was closed due to bad weather but we enjoyed 2 other walks there which ...

Glacier country..., Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand travel blog

Glacier country...

A travel blog entry by seetheworld

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... in the mist on one side, and glorious rainforst at the foot of the mountains on the other side. We ended the drive at Franz Josef glacier, where we did a heli-hike. Not the cheapest option to see the glacier, but absolutely amazing. After a 10 minute ...

13 km in someone else's shoes, Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand travel blog

13 km in someone else's shoes

A travel blog entry by rosey

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Pain. Pain and a few photos. That is what remains after I spent 7 hours yesterday climbing Franz Josef Glacier, the steepest and fastest moving commercially guided glacier in the world. Everyone says how amazing it is but they fail to tell you how much ...

New Zealand part 1, Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand travel blog

New Zealand part 1

A travel blog entry by sixweeksoff

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Am sitting in an internet cafe in Franz Josef Glacier (the village is also called that, I'm not actually IN the glacier!) writing this latest installement and drying off. They get 5 meters of rain a year here. It feels as though quite a lot of it fell ...

Glacier Country, Franz Josef and Fox Glacier, New Zealand travel blog

Glacier Country

A travel blog entry by gem_and_sprack

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... sea-which basically never happens with glaciers, and also because of the rate at which they are moving. we went to see the Franz Josef glacier first, which is the busier of the two, with the intention of spending a night here before going down to see the ...

Glaciers, Sandflies, Pancake, Blowholes & more!, Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand travel blog

Glaciers, Sandflies, Pancake, Blowholes & more!

A travel blog entry by usupandaway

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... else as the flies are still here. On our todays scedule is the Franz Josef Glacier. The 12 km long Franz Josef Glacier is one of New Zealand's most spectacular natural attractions, a remnant from the Ice Age which is one of South Westland's major ...

Ice Maiden, Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand travel blog

Ice Maiden

A travel blog entry by heathermills

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Arriving in the tiny town of Franz Josef Glacier it quickly became apparent that the whole setup was entirely geared towards glacier tourism with as many backpackers, guides and helicopter companies as you could fit into a 100m stretch of road. We ...

Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Glacier, Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand travel blog

Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Glacier

A travel blog entry by danielandrachel

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... go on a full day walk on the Franz Josef Glacier which is just a few kilometres up the road. 13th April 2007 - Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand Daniel's Day on the Franz Josef Glacier: I have an early start this morning as I am going on a full ...

Helicoptor ride to the top of a glacier!, Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand travel blog

Helicoptor ride to the top of a glacier!

A travel blog entry by simon_cassidy

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Franz Josef Glacier - There are thousands of glaciers in New Zealand, though only three large ones. Franz Josef is one of the larger ones. We got a helicoptor to the top of the glacier (300 meters of ice deep at its thickest point) where we hiked ...

Ice on a summers day, Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand travel blog

Ice on a summers day

A travel blog entry by shelwar83

This is a really amazing place especcially if your English as you just wouldn't get anything like this at home. A glacier is caused from a load of snow being compacted at the top of a mountain and then being forced down the hill from the weight of the ...

Franz Josef Glacier, Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand travel blog

Franz Josef Glacier

A travel blog entry by silverlining

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Glacier Spotting, Franz Josef  Glacier, New Zealand travel blog

Glacier Spotting

A travel blog entry by garybaker

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... for a couple of days. Today the rain had cleared in the morning and I made the short trip North to Franz Josef to have a look at their Glacier. The walk from the carpark to the glacier was around 40 mins taking you right across the spectacular U shaped ...

Glaciers, Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand travel blog

Glaciers

A travel blog entry by louandandy

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... but there are two that you can get to easily so that's where all the tourists are) so we made our way up to Franz Josef glacier - a town named after its glacier, right next door to Fox glacier, another small town and glacier. Andy went off to do a ...

The best of a bad situation, Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand travel blog

The best of a bad situation

A travel blog entry by fionamary

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... I went for another walk (Douglas Walk) to Peter's pool which is a small lake that was formed from a massive chunk of Franz Josef glacier that was left behind as it retreated. It was very pretty, reflecting the mountain scenery all around us. We continued ...

Glacier Walking and Lake Matheson, Franz Joseph Glacier, New Zealand travel blog

Glacier Walking and Lake Matheson

A travel blog entry by byrnedm

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... to the nearby Lake Matheson, just 10km from the Fox village on the Gillispies beach road. A jewel in the crown of New Zealand scenic wonders, the magnificent lake Matheson is famous for its reflections of New Zealand's highest peaks Mount Cook and Mount ...

NZ 's West Coast---Wanaka to Greymouth, Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand travel blog

NZ 's West Coast---Wanaka to Greymouth

A travel blog entry by 3bybike

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... southwest and were at our backs for a change. Our primary goal was to get to see the Fox and Franz Josef glaciers. Anna had never been to a glacier before so this was an important first for her. And we weren't disappointed. This region is so picturesque ...

The Drosh of Ranginui Walker, Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand travel blog

The Drosh of Ranginui Walker

A travel blog entry by hikrchick

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FRANZ JOSEF, Jan. 6 -- Hi from a cold and misty glacier, a World Heritage Park here on the West Coast of the South Island.   But I'm not writing about that today. Instead I'm writing about something that I"ve been thinking about since my first ...

Walking on Glaciers, Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand travel blog

Walking on Glaciers

A travel blog entry by richandvic

... to get even closer... The trip involves being kitted out in waterproof gear, plus boots and crampons, then a short transfer to the glacier. A guide then leads the group up on to the glacier, by way of steps carved out of the ice. The guides each have ...

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