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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Fox Glacier February 10th 2013

We left Nelson first thing in the morning and headed towards the west coast. We stopped at a place called Cape Foulwind (named by Cpt Cook after his ship was blown off course here) to see the Fur Seal colony. We managed to spot a couple of pups, but I think we arrived around feeding time, so all the mothers had gone out fishing. We continued south down the coast and our lunch stop was at the "famous"? Punakaiki Pancake Rocks. We had a picnic in the sunshine and had a quick walk to see the rocks before getting back on the coach. They are formed by the erosion of limestone layers in the rock (did I mention I got an A for GCSE Geography?) I had to explain to Hazel that they look like stacks ... read more
Franz Josef - as the clouds roll in
Franz Josef - Shtop it's not ready yet!
Fox Glacier - from the air

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Fox Glacier December 9th 2012

After a good meal in the White Pub at Fox Glacier we had a good night. I watched "The Man who moved Mountains" again on DVD to see where I had been and to review the next big field trip location - Pigeon Bush on the North Island. Woke to find the mist of last night had disappeared to leave a hot and beautiful summer's morning. Had breakfast outside to the sounds of the helicopters taking people up the glacier and someone singing 'White Christmas'. Being here and knowing that it is only 16 days to Christmas is very strange. And then a slight detour to Fox Glacier. A short walk up the valley from the car park takes you to the snout of the glacier and the zone of melting (ablation). From here all the ... read more
Mount Cook
Fox Glacier
Fox glacier

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Fox Glacier December 9th 2012

Our first night in the Maui went well though tonight we are going to set the bed up before it gets dark and definitely before any wine! Slept well and woke at 7.30 ready for the "main" event - the Alpine Fault at Hare Mare Creek. This is an iconic place as it was in this creek that Harold Wellman first identified the Alpine Fault - a major displacement of the crust that runs across New Zealand. This was in 1942 - well before plate tectonic theory. We now know that this fault to be a "strike slip" fault with horizontal movement similar to the San Andreas fault. Movement on the fault has been measured up to 700 km horizontally with a vertical movemnt as well. This helped to form the Southern Alps, the sediments of ... read more
Hare Mare creek
The green band
The green rock

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Fox Glacier November 19th 2012

Well we went on the Shotover Jet Boat in Queenstown. The jet boat goes at a high speed through the canyons and all I can say is you think you are going to hit the side of the canyon - they then do 360 degree spins it was brilliant. All I can say is how are we going to get to feed our habit of being adrenaline junkies when we get home! Well we have left our little B&B in Queenstown and will miss the company of Michele and Fred and I will especially miss Fred’s legendary breakfasts. We also met a fabulous mum and daughter Kaiko and Erico at the B&B - they have moved off to Auckland where Erico is working and living at the moment. So on the road we went and thought ... read more
Queenstown Family
Fox's Glacier (Mint)

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Fox Glacier June 2nd 2012

Glacier, hikes and glow worms... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Fox Glacier May 21st 2012

Wednesday 2nd May At 8.30 sharp we were over in the Fox Glacier Guiding office (just 2 min walk across the road from our campervan) to confirm our booking for the Heli-Hike up to the top of the glacier. They don't finalise your booking until the 'last minute' to ensure that all is well "up there" before your flight. We are quite impressed with the safety preparations and as Mary has never been in a chopper before she is a little apprehensive but also excited. This is not a cheap outing but we may never get the oportunity again, so what the hell! 8.50am and the flight is on. We all (about 15 of us Australian, German, French, Dutch, Canadian, Chinese and even a Kiwi!) then boarded an old (but refurbished retro) bus to run us ... read more
Fox Glacier Guiding Office
Ready to go.
Better get the camera ready

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Fox Glacier May 5th 2012

We spent most of Friday May 4 on our drive from Queenstown to Fox Glacier. The ~360 km drive was stunning and passed through many national parks and mountain passes and we took our time as we stopped at multiple locations to enjoy the views, and of course, get pictures. We reached Fox Glacier just before sunset and caught some great views of the last light along the monutains by Lake Matheson, which we later found out was created by Fox Glacier when it extended all the way to the valley nearly 10,000 years ago. We woke up early (today) for our glacier walk, both excited and a little nervous. The walk was amazing, starting with a short hike up to the face of the glacier, and then onto the glacier itself. New Zealand is one ... read more
Road to Fox
Road to Fox
Road to Fox

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Fox Glacier April 14th 2012

Hi Everyone We're well into our 18 day tour of New Zealand's South Island. Have picked out a few highlights to share. Hope you enjoy them. Remember to click on first photo to view all as a slide show in larger format. Please add a comment after the last photo if you wish. Cheers from Garry & Jan... read more
Castle Hill 2
Lake Brunner
Franz Joseph Glacier

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Fox Glacier April 13th 2012

13th April ’12 Wanaka to Fox Glacier A long day’s travelling again today – they feel that way as all the roads are twisty and turny, but again through immense scenery and with lots of photo stops at viewpoints and for a short walk to a nice waterfall. Howard had me all excited at the lunch stop prospect as he found a place called Jackson Bay which was according to the map slightly off our route but which the guide book reckoned was where you could get the best, freshest fish and chips ever along with more stunning views. However when we reached the turn off and discovered it was going to be a 50 mile detour we reckoned it wasn’t worth it and so we stopped instead back at Haast at their café which boasted ... read more
Lake Wanaka
On the way to Fox Glacier
Fox Glacier

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Fox Glacier April 1st 2012

Sky diving is the tops guys, that was such a rush, not as fightening as the bungy but lasted way way longer, so cool, im buzzing.... read more
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