Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier
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Fine for a stopover. Clean and comfortable, good breakfast, a bit tired and dated.
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The trip from Queenstown to Fox Glacier was very long, but it gave us a chance to experience the Southern Alps, see the west coast, walk many forest trails, and visit a vineyard. The latter was beautifully situated, and though it was a bit too early to sample organic wines, we did nonetheless. I loved that area-- it was cool, dry, beautiful, and I …
... The flight up to the glacier was impressive and Braydon offered a commentary showing how much the glacier had rescinded in recent years and why the ice was blue! Fascinating. We landed on the top and to the side of the glacier where Brayden gave physical instructions ( we couldn't hear much as the heli blades were still going round)as to where you could and couldn't go or stand. The experience was quite overwhelming, you see pictures and you hear ...
... drove us the twenty minutes to Fox Glacier. Twenty minutes too long for the girls worrying in the back.
We were quickly directed to get kitted up with a flattering jumpsuit, a conehead style hat, comics red harness and glasses that would look better in a science lab. They briefed us on what to do at each stage and how to position ourselves when free falling and landing, which only added to the worry the girls were feeling.
We were up second in the plane so had ...
... It was an hour and a half to get to the large lake of hooker valley, which was bordered by towering mountain sides with glaciers precariously attached. The summer had clearly started to warm the glaciers as an iceberg was thrown around within the lake. Despite the weather being terrible I think we all enjoyed battling with the forces of nature today. We were thankful to get back to the car though. Next stop Franz ...
... we emerged to find no car. Being the competent and intelligent people we are we did not panic, at all, before logically thinking through the fact that we probably excited at a different place than we started. I figured out the direction, spoke up and we began to walk- all the while doubting my direction abilities, but die to the fifty fifty shot of being right we stumbled across the car and went to another short uneventful hike at a river. We ...