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The only reason people go to Fox Glacier is the overpowerig presence of Mount Cook, Mount Tasman, Fox Glacier, Franz Josef Glacier and all the accompanying stuff of mountains and snow.
And the best way to see all this is by helicopter - given their ability to fly high and slow and land on the snowfields high in the mountains.
Happy Birthday to us!!!!! ;-) What an amazing experience! We took a helicopter to a spot on the Fox Glacier and did a 3-hour hike. To say it was stunning would be an understatement! Thanks to everyone for our bday wishes!
... it from distance. Impressive. The glacier is only about 8 km from the sea and therefore the closest mountain glacier to coastline in the world.
As being on West Coast we also wanted to see the coast itself. Our guidebook recommended to go to Okarito beach and walk to Three Mile Lagoon. So we did. Unfortunately for us we got to the beach about 50 minutes before the high tide and ...
We woke the next morning to blue skies so rang ahead for the glacier hike - so far so good! They asked that we check in at 9 so we had breakfast and headed down. At 9.30 we were being kitted out with boots, crampons, waterproofs and a bag to take up - yay we were going! Once the group was ready we walked to the helicopter field where luckily we were given the front row seats which meant the best view! ...
... 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, ...