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Glaciers

2016-12-04

tl;dr: I visited Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers and picked up more hitchhikers.

I was on the road before sunrise. The Franz Josef Glacier carpark was completely empty when I arrived. Sweet. I hiked up to the glacier and had the whole thing to myself for a good whole ten minutes before other people began to show up. There were a few helicopters flying in for the fancy hikers, but they were surprisingly quiet.

I returned to Franz Josef town for coffee and picked up a kid hitchhiking south. He only needed to get to Fox Glacier to meet up with his parents, which was as far as I was going right then, anyway.

Fox Glacier wasn't quite as nice as Franz Josef Glacier in my opinion.

There is a track that leads to Welcome To Flat Hut, a hut that you can spend the night in if you have a reservation. The Department of Conservation's website wouldn't work to let me book a night. Also, I misread a trail description and thought the hike was 34 kilometers each way rather than 17 in and 17 out. So I skipped it. I would have liked to do that hike. I should have planned better.

Leaving Fox Glacier I picked up Emma. She's Finish. I brought her all the way to Wanaka. Along the way we stopped at a few roadside sights. I decided to get a room at the Matterhorn Lodge hostel where Emma already had a reservation. Tomorrow I shall try to do some more hiking.

good morning New Zealand


I'm the first one to Franz Josef.


first look at Franz Josef Glacier




Franz Josef Glacier




You can only get so close to the glacier.


Franz Josef Glacier


Franz Josef Glacier


These rocks were smoothed over by the glacier in the past.




last look at Franz Josef Glacier


lots of cars now


This may be only the second such sign I've seen here.


treking to Fox Glacier


These peopl are trying to figure out how to get across this stream.


Fox Glacier




leaving Fox Glacier




Thunder Creek Falls


Fantail Falls


Blue Pools


Blue Pools


Lake Wanaka


Lake Hawea


Matterhorn Lodge

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