Motel Franz Josef
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... us of falling ice and stones, sounds like fun! We all escaped unscathed however, never fear, and got some awesome photos of the glacier, the four of us, the glacier and some various combinations of the four of us :) A quick five minute drive- because we are lazy and Emily is awesome- found us at the head of a half hour hike through moraines- a type of rock formation left by glaciers. Mostly the hike consisted of jungle but it was nice all the ...
... up shear walls using a rope to keep our balance. The coolest part of the whole hike, however, had to be the crevice that we squeezed through. Sam prepped us all by asking the open ended question "anyone here claustrophobic?" .. well, no, not right now, but maybe if he had told us what we were doing beforehand we might have been! The hike in didn't start so bad, except the fact that we were 8 meters down a wall of ice that was starting to get smaller ...
... pint and instantly hooked! The evening also saw departure of 5 of our original crew; Mark, the fountain of South Island knowledge and two great couples, Una & George and Lona & Eirik. It was great to meet you all and all the best for the rest of your travelling / returning home :) The next day was even longer with an early start and 3 hour ferry trip from Wellington to Picton. Let's just say it beats the Dover to Calais crossing I know so ...
... He had an ice pic and had to clear some steps for us to climb. It was actually quite warm on the glacier, Nathan thought it was about 8oC but it started to rain soon after we had landed which meant we were going to have to leave slightly earlier as it wasn't safe for the helicopter to pick us up in heavy rain. We followed Nathan's track up the glacier through crevasses and past small streams of water. He pointed out a part of the mountain next to the ...
... beauty. Although it was raining quite heavily, the rain strangely seemed to add to the surrounding beauty, especially where the rain water falling from the top of the cliffs and mountains had formed tiny waterfalls.
Arriving in Franz Josef, the area was covered with thick cloud and fog, hence we were unable to instantly appreciate the beauty of the place (snow capped mountains). Franz Josef is a 12km long glacier located on the West Coast of New Zealand. ...
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