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Apr 15, 2012 - Fox Glacier, Mint!

Hello all, Wow, is all we can say about our day at the glaciers. Fox Glacier; see the pictures they tell you more than I ever could. Apart from the the amazing cracking sound of the ice at the front (you'll see that in the pics). Apparently a piece the size of a bus falls off every day. We hope and waited but didn't see or hear. Enjoy the pics. Much love C & P xx

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Asian Adventure 2011

Feb 3, 2012 - Fox's glacier, and its mint

After an interrupted breakfast, by the overly keen cleaners, we headed off towards Fox Glacier along the Haast pass. The scenery was breathtaking and ever changing. Some of the time it looked like rain forest or a scene from Jurassic park and you half expected a dinosaur to crash through the forest. We stopped off at Blue Pools with lots of other tourists. We didn't’t know what they were but as you’ll see in the photos it was well worth the 30 min round trip. The water is so crystal clear you can see brown trout, which look like they are...

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Dec 6, 2011 - Crystal Blue Sensation - Fox Glacier, Dec. 4-5, 2011

When we tore ourselves away from The Breakers, we headed to Franz Josef Town. Originally, our plans called for a three-hour detour to go to the top of Arthur’s Pass, another pass over the spine of southern NZ. However, Jan told us that we’d already been over what was, in her opinion, the more beautiful pass: Lewis Pass, and that Haast Pass, on the way to Queenstown, was in our future. Moreover, we’d be doing plenty of driving on winding roads on our travels to Dunedin, the Catlins, and to Invercargill. (Note: as I write this, we’re in...

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Oct 21, 2011 - Fox Glacier Day 2

Um 5.30 Uhr hiess es heute aufwachen, weil bereits um 7.00 Uhr der Gletscherflug mit dem Helikopter geplant war. Tja, es hat nicht sollen sein, Nebel und Regen haben uns gezwungen den Flug aufzugeben und noch ein paar Stunden in der gemütlichen Lodge auszuharren… :-) Damit es nicht beim rumlümmeln blieb heute, sind wir ein paar Minuten Auto gefahren und ca. 1 Std. lang um den Lake Matheson spaziert. Auf schönen Pfaden wandernd, durften wir immer wieder an den Viewpoints die wunderschöne Aussicht geniessen. Nach einem leckeren Mittagessen...

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New Zealand 2011

Oct 20, 2011 - Fox Glacier Day 1

Heute hiess es mal wieder Autofahren. Wir sind von Queenstown nach Fox Glacier gefahren. Insgesamt waren wir mit Pausen über sechs Stunden unterwegs. Dies war natürlich vor allem für Patrick als Fahrer sehr anstrengend. Immerhin hat es sich für ihn fototechnisch gelohnt. Landschaftlich war die Strecke wunderschön und sehr abwechslungsreich. Endlich haben wir auch mal so richtige Wälder gesehen und es kam auch zum ersten Mal seit wir hier sind, ein wenig Lord of the Rings Stimmung auf. Die Landschaften hätten auch im Film genauso vorkommen...

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New Zealand 2011

Jul 7, 2011 - NZ Blog Seven - Glacier Country

Friday 1 July - Wanaka to Fox Glacier A bit of a drive today over the Haast Pass and on to Fox Glacier so an early start with a few stops planned on the way. Soon after taking off the area showed how cold it was with a large frost everywhere just outside of Wanaka. Luckily there wasn’t any ice on the roads but we were fairly careful anyway. We soon had our first stop at a lookout overlooking Lake Hawea and at 10:00 it was still very foggy over the lake. A bit further along we stopped at Thunder Creek Falls for a short walk to view the...

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May 24, 2011 - Fox Glacier - but no mint!

Today we hiked to Fox Glacier - how cool is that! (Excuse the pun). We were disappointed that there were no mints though- ha ha. Seriously, it was brilliant - literally. It is the first glacier that we have ever seen and we were amazed to see how blue it was. We thought it would be perfectly white. We didn't do the ice hike that many adventurous people do but we were more than happy with our hike though the rugged mountain track to the stunning glacier at the end. We then went on to find somewhere to stay for the night and are staying in...

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Apr 28, 2011 - The West Coast - glacier country

On the way to the West Coast we stopped at Haast for lunch and I had the regional specialty Whitebait fritters which was very nice. At Fox Glacier township we checked into the budget Holiday Park which wasn't a great idea because by the next morning we were both frozen. We drove to Lake Matheson which at certain spots around the lake you can be lucky to get amazing reflections of the Southern Alps and Mount Cook. The highlight of our trip was always going to be getting up and close to the glaciers. We booked in for a heli hike up to Fox...

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Mar 31, 2011 - Fox Glacier

This glacier has receded a lot from a hundred years ago but is ow growing again. Spent a little time here and hiked out to the Glacier. We met a nice couple from Auckland that were retired trucking people, had a nice visit with them about trucking in general and the related issues. Very similar to the problems we have in the US.

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Mar 23, 2011 - Happy 60th Birthday Verne!

Started off the day with a helicopter ride in the Southern Alps. Our pilot, Nathan, took us to the Franz Josef and the Fox Glaciers. We landed on Whitney Glacier where it was quite windy and cold, Nathan had a down jacket on. Then we were off to finish our flight to Mt. Cook. It was a great time. Why is the ice blue on a glacier? Because the air escapes and the ice becomes compacted, thus when it melts the rivers' water are blue. As we headed to Queenstown our mileage check shows we have logged almost 3000 kilometers. We recap what our...

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Mar 7, 2011 - Fox Glacier

We had a red warning light on dash but checked with the rental company & they said it is just a service due warning light so OK to carry on. Left Fox Glacier site at 8am and motored 27km up to the Franz Josef glacier. We then had a 1½ hr walk to the base of glacier. It seems smaller than the Fox glacier but quite impressive in the early morning sun. We then motored on up the coast to Westport and again it was a nice day of travel with some ups & downs and a lot of seaside roads with some lovely views. We stopped for lunch in Hokitaki by the...

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Apr 10, 2010 - La Cote Ouest

Il est assez dure de rejoindre la cote Ouest en stop, mais nous y arrivons tant bien que mal. Cette ile est encore moins peuple que la précédente, il y a dix fois plus de moutons que d’habitants… nous visitons quelques villes comme Westport ou Greymouth mais elles ne retiennent pas trop notre attention. Par contre, c’est entre les villes qu’il faut ouvrir les yeux ; la route est magnifique, et nous sommes bien contents de ne pas avoir a conduire et pouvoir pleinement admirer le paysage avec nos chauffeurs qui nous servent de guides...

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