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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Fox Glacier August 12th 2010

I wonder if it’s possible that when I changed my plan and took such a large and radical right turn that I splintered a hole through the known Universe, slipped through the slit that appeared vagina-like in the ether and slid in-between into some sort of place just slightly out of sync with the rest of reality. I know this might strike you as slightly far-fetched, hardly the stuff of a plain old travel blog (although if you saw where I was currently sitting writing this, the surreal quality I’m asking for might be far simpler and more plausible for you to entertain) but ever since I’ve arrived in New Zealand I’ve had this same bizarre feeling, as if everything is going on one realm away from wherever I am, as if I’ve fallen into some ... read more
Christchurch Park
Christchurch street
Christchurch sunset

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Fox Glacier May 20th 2010

Up at 6:45am and off towards Fox Glacier today! It started off crappy and cloudy out but got warm and sunny closer we got to Fox. Majority of us did the 4 hour hike through a rainforest up a million steps, to get to the glacier. Most people were exhausted but I showed true fitness as I was luvin every moment of it! I love hiking with a passion! Our guide warned us not to sweat too much cuz once we got out of the rainforest and onto the glacier our sweat will freeze so it was hard to maintain your body temperature. Our guide was a cute 20 year old who all the girls (and guys) loved so much! I think everyone was trying to impress him with our fitness so it was funny! When ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Fox Glacier March 23rd 2010

Shortly after checking in we booked a helicopter flight to fly over the Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers and to land on the upper portion of the Fox Glacier. Although Mare and I were in shorts and golf shirts we were warm due to the strength of the sun. Interesting that when we threw snowballs at each other the other helicopter passengers just stared. The ash on the snow is from the fires in Australia. The next morning we walked around Lake Matheson from which I got several interesting photos of the mountains and the glacier. After lunch we setoff to an area that provided a view of the glacier. The going was rough since about 10 days before our arrival they had torrential rains with the result that the trail was in less than the ... read more
Fox Glacier
Fox Glacier

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Fox Glacier March 13th 2010

Having done a whole glacier day yesterday, instead of the half day I'd planned I've stayed in fox for another day giving me chance to see lake matheson and do some laundry, the hostel scuppered all my plans by doing my laundry for me, it arrived back on my bunk this evening washed and dried, even the dry sac it had been packed in which makes me alittle worried, but it meant I had nothing to do this afternoon which turned well in the end.  This morning I took my life into my own hands and borrowed a bike from the hostel to take me the 2km to lake matheson, the mirror lake. To say the bike was badly maintained was an understatement. I don't look after my bike but this one had, no breaks, and ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Fox Glacier March 12th 2010

So today was glacier day, and it's been brilliant. I've wanted to see a glacier for years to now and to have finally experienced one and been mesmerised by it is just amazing. The constant reminder of the force of nature is truly humbling.  Fox glacier is one of the only glaciers in the world to be surrounded by rainforest. Now I knew that fact before I went but I hadn't appreciated what it meant. The walk up, please note up, to the surface of the glacier saw us walking up the morain to the terminal face (get me with the lingo), well not that near because it's too dangerous, then moving to the left of the glacier itself to walk up the hill on the side, in 3 minutes you go from standing beneath a wall ... read more


Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Fox Glacier February 21st 2010

Quittant Fiordland, ma route s'oriente au nord, une direction que je ne lâcherai plus pour un moment. Mes prochaines destinations ont pour noms Queenstown, Wanaka et Fox Glacier et vont m'emmener à nouveau au cœur des Southern Alps. La montagne me plaît toujours autant, à croire que les paysages si terriblement magnifiques de Milford Sound ne sont en définitive pas parvenu à me blaser. Il faut tout de même ajouter que cette étape alpestre a aussi été le théâtre d'une chasse frénétique aux lieux de tournage du Seigneur des Anneaux ; de quoi combler mes aspirations et faire passer en un éclair une nouvelle semaine sous le soleil de Nouvelle-Zélande. Voyons cela de plus près. L'appel de la montagne Un lac, des montagnes, des rivières, des canyons, des forêts et au milieu de tout ça : ... read more
Mt Alfred ou la tombe du géant
Etes-vous prets pour le Paradise ?
Poulain au paradis

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Fox Glacier February 19th 2010

Fox Glacier and Southern NZ Thur., Feb. 18th and Friday 19th We had a rainy drive from Arthur’s Pass to the West Coast and Glacier Land of NZ -however if you are going to have rain - better while you are driving than while you are doing the fun things. We were schedule to do a Heli-Hike of Fox Glacier, but morning today, Friday, Feb. 19th had clouds which grounded us, so we were able to add on the ground ascent of the Fox Glacier. Fox Glacier is one of 140 glaciers in NZ, but is fairly accessible. The base of the glacier is only a few miles from the ocean and ends in a Rain Forest - seems odd, we know. So we donned the special boots they included - like Marine boot camp boots ... read more
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Fox Valley
R&G you guessed where

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Fox Glacier January 27th 2010

Well we arrived at Fox Glacier expectant of some stunning scenerey and the initial drive to it did not dissapoint! However upon arriving a thick fog enveloped the town of Fox and we were unable to see the mountains let along the glacier! We had booked a heli hike and it didnt look good, although we needn't have worried as the weather cleared the following day and we were on! Firstly, you get how can I say it what is a rudimentary safety briefing telling you to sit calmly in the crash position should the helicopter be plummeting to its demise. Yeah right, I think we all know you are a gonner in that scenario. We got picked up by some young pilots who had seen Top Gun a few too many times (not that I ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Fox Glacier January 26th 2010

We left Wanaka headed for the glaciers via Haast pass - one of the most incredible scenic routes in NZ. We were expecting proper hairy driving but actually it was fine, as always - nice wide roads and a 25/35/55/65km/h warning before each bend - a fantastic idea so that you can gauge the turn. Apart from our customary mid-morning 'trim latte' stop (there is no semi skimmed here just full fat and 'trim') we didn't really stop until Lake Paringa. Loz has picked up a very useful 'taste New Zealand' guide and is seeking out some of the foodie hotspots. This one was a winner - a salmon farm in a random hamlet. We picked up a chunky piece of smoked salmon and a piece of fresh salmon for $6 (£3) each and had the ... read more
carving out the ice steps
glacier hiker
the iceman cometh

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Fox Glacier January 15th 2010

...and I did it! This has got to be one of the most amazing experiences of my life! Less than 24 hours after deciding to actually do a skydive I have already jumped out of the plane and landed again! It cost quite a bit but well worth every hard earned penny. We meet the dive company at 5 and they took us over to Fox Glacier to a ting air strip (it was in fact just a few caravans and an old road and the world's smallest plane!) I signed the "if I die it's not their fault form" and then got straight into a jump suit. There was a brief safety talk and a guide through how to jump out the plane properly. Dan and I were the last two to jump so we ... read more

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