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There are over 3100 glaciers in New Zealand and they grow much faster than they shrink. They can grow over 5 feet a day but will never shrink more than 4-5 inches in one day. That is all I have been able to retain about glaciers after an hour and a half hike with a tour guide to see one! Hike was terrific though ..... We got up before dawn and after a quick breakfast, The bold ones ( not me or Jerry) took off for a thrilling helicopter ...
... then do a short walk to Te Pukatea Bay. It was only a 40 minute walk but a perfect chance to get some exercise and see a bit of Abel Tasman, including Split Apple rock out in the sea. As it was a fairly long journey to Westport, we didn't stop too much on the way, except to go swimming in Lake Rotoiti for those brave enough.....cold weather and eels put me off! I'd opted to go for a surfing lesson in Westport, but by the time I got there it was cold, raining and 6pm and ...
... for one hour and everyone was hungry so we stopped at a waterfall for lunch. This waterfall was very cold. We were going to go swimming there. I went under the water twice. Then my aunty Yasmin walked over the stream so I went with her. After we had finished our swim we kept on driving until we got to Haast. We now had been driving for three hours. Once we finally arrived in Franz Joseph we went for a walk and then went out to dinner. ...
... cloud had started to descend as predicted but, luckily, frequent breaks enabled us to see the glacier. We felt very privileged to be up there and, once again, there was ************e else around - just two others at the top with us.
After a quick picnic lunch and more photos we headed back down to the car in just under 3 hours.
Back at our hotel (the Aspen Court, very nice btw) for a well earned rest before a bath and dinner.
... THE ROOTS Okay, so on to THE HIKE that we will forever compare all other hikes. Mt. Fox, seriously what were we thinking! Two days later our quads are still feeling it and Queenstown is nothing but hills so we have a constant reminder of the insanely hard hike we underwent on Tuesday. FROM CLIFF: Feb. 25: Fox Glacier = glorious glacier worth seeing (and with little effort at that). Mt. Fox = treacherous mountain with VERY steep slopes, wet and muddy terrain ...
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