Kiwi Adventures – Day 7
Day 7 looked very cloudy first thing in Fox Glacier Township – not ideal for a day when we were planning to visit the most famous ‘mirror’ lake and the first of the big glaciers. But an opportunity to go back to a couple of rusty crusty places that we’d had to pass by yesterday when we were worried about running out of fuel! Amazing lichens and mosses growing on all the damp wood too.
By the time we arrived back at Lake Matheson the cloud was starting to lift so we set off for the viewing area. A lot further than I had anticipated, walking through tropical forest of white and red pines & so many different varieties of ferns.
But worth the walk when we arrived. The cloud had lifted enough for us to see the amazing reflections of Mount Cook & Mount Tasman that make this lake so famous. Such a beautiful, serene place.
Then just a short drive to the foot of the mountains where we could walk to view the face of Fox Glacier.
I have drawn a trace of part of the path climbed to the viewing platform (quite a climb!) and circled the people on the platform area. As with many sights in NZ, it’s difficult to appreciate the sheer scale.
Fox Glacier is 8 miles long extending down 8500 ft into temperate rain forest less than 1000ft above sea level (Fox and Franz Josef are the only glaciers that extend this low making them very easy to access)
Circle shows people walking on the glacier and pic below is the massive face of the glacier.
A bit more rustic moss covered gorgeousness although when you appreciate it’s purpose perhaps not always so appealing if you are a sheep!
The wingman grabbed a pic of me in action!
After a day of lots of walking, another amazing sunset!
Day 8 – a visit to Franz Josef Glacier and a very wet journey up to Greymouth.
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