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The Glaciers

sunny 15 °C

27th September 2014
Woke to a beautiful sunny morning in Queenstown, unfortunately we were leaving! We packed and headed off to the West coast, first passing through Wanaka where we stopped and had a coffee. It looked like a very nice place on the lake and would be a nice place to stay.
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We drove then towards Haast through the Haast pass, a very scenic road through the mountain range. We made a stop at the blue pools which were aqua coloured water pools from a mountain river.
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The road through Haast pass has been closing at night due to rock slides and at one area where they were repairing the road we had to wait about 30 minutes for traffic and road clearing.
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Once reaching the coast we drove to Fox Glacier. It was only a short couple of Km walk to see the Glacier, pretty dirty looking and the cloud had lowered so we couldn't get a perspective of its size. We then drove to Franz Josef and it rained all the way. It was about 6pm when we reached Franz so there wasn't time to see anything. We were hoping that the weather would improve for our Glacier tour tomorrow and make it a bit harder to wake it was also the changeover to day light savings!

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28th September 2014

The sun was shining in the morning and we headed out for our Glacier tour. We were given coats, pants and boots for the Glacier walk and headed to the helicopter. There were quite a few groups going as it was the first good day for a while. We flew and landed about half way up the glacier then followed a guide through different hills and crevices that made up the breaking front section on the glacier. It was huge once you could see across it and have the perspective of other groups in the distance. It was a very good tour.
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We caught the helicopter back, had lunch then went to the canyon walk to the front of the Glacier, it was surprising that we could hardly see in the distance where the helicopters were landing for the walking tour we had done earlier. We went for another walk through the rain forest at the end of the glacier canyon then called it a day.

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Posted by cbrewster 01:29 Archived in New Zealand

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