Published: July 18th 2008July 18th 2008
Honeymooners on ice
This was us wandering around a glacier.
Having driven around 8 hours in the rain only to camp up in rain and then to hear that a lightening strike had hit the town we held out little hope of being able to do the helicopter trip onto Franz Josef Glacier that we had booked for the following day. But Mr Sunshine was truly on our side when we woke up in the morning. Having never been in a helicopter we were rather excited and it was not a disappointment, on the contrary it was so smooth, so swift Jon & I would like to use this mode of transport on a regular basis to get around (who said traveling changes people!). We flew over the glacier to get a full view and then landed on the ice. Franz Josef is the fastest moving glacier in the world, up to 10 meters per day, so you could actually sit and watch it move.
We tried wearing crampons on our feet for the first time ever as it would be impossible to walk on this giant ice cube without them, they are a bit strange though. We pootled up, down and through ice caves for around a couple
Blue ice caves
Amazing to see, even better to go through !
of hours, hopefully the one picture shows the blue ice, visible in this way due to light refraction, we were in complete awe! Quite funny that the guide who we trusted on our trip actually lived in Northfield only a few years ago, it's amazing how far people will go to get away from that place. This has to be the highlight of the NZ trip so far just for the alien like surface of the glacier.
Had to include the possum photo that Jon took, the little fella was on our camp site in the tree. They may look cute, they may look furry but New Zealanders hate them with such a vengeance due to the amount of vegetation they devastate with their eating habits & bird eggs they eat. They have set up museums
(Possom World) to highlight the top ways to kill, make use of and just generally obliterate this creature from their lands, we still think they are better looking than hedgehogs!!!!
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