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... to the glacier armed with fleeces and waterproof jackets. As we set down on the glacier and fitted our crampons the sun came screaming through.the clouds so the fleeces would not be necessary. Smiles all round at the stunning scenery. Blue ice tunnels one of which we even managed to walk inside. The ice was particularly slippery after the heavy rainfall and we were the first on the glacier for two days. Barry was most upset when Kath fell as he had only just turned off the video ...
... have to split in half as the helicopter will only take 6 people including the pilot. The first two 6 people of the first group went up so we were hopefully we would go. The first 6 of our group then went with our guide so we were definitely going. How lucky were we?!?!? :-). Because the lighter people needed to go at the front of the helicopter I was split from Noel and sat next to another girl from Sydney at the front. I hate flying but I had the most awesome view once I ...
... amazing being just above the clouds, seeing the mountain peaks with thesun and blue skies overhead. We were the only ones there. On the return, we took in the Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers before landing back in the carpark.
Our resting point for the night was the DOC site beside Lake Mapourika where Ian took a dip in the water while I sunbathed in the summer sun on the shore.
... green everywhere and it was all very pretty.
We arrived in Franz Josef at around 4pm and checked into Glow Worm Cottages, then had a look around Franz Josef and did some shopping. This is a very small town - basically two streets - and everything seems to be connected to tourism in some way - accommodation, cafes, bars, attractions. The permanent population is approximately 400 and on any given night in the summer there ...
... motor boat and drive the boat across Milford Sound to Sandfly Point, the end of the Milford track. Luckily it was a beautiful day in Milford Sound, which I've since learnt is a rarity, so the views were incredible. It was hard work but great fun and very rewarding as we could see the result of our labour. I was still coughing and sniffling, so we had a joke going that they were going to work the cold out of me, definitely the Kiwi way! On the boat ride home we took a longer route so ...
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