Franz Josef Glacier

“Hey guess what? Rishi and I just checked out the Franz Josef Glacier here in West Coast. The Franz Josef or Ka Roimata o Hinehukatere is a 12 km long glacier located in Westland National Park on the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island. The Glacier is a huge tourist attraction here. We booked a helicopter from a local airline which dropped us off just before the first ice fall [frozen waterfall]. The glacier’s are beyond beautiful. We walked through ice tunnels and skated across these ice floors with water flowing beneath!”

“We travelled with Franz Josef Glacier Guides, an internationally recognized guiding operation. They lead novice and experienced clients through glacier terrain. Rishi and myself went on the full day glacier expedition, which included a heli-hike and we also got to do a little ice-climbing as well.”

“The all day expedition took us deep in the heart of the glacier with the help of experienced guides. We spent around 6 hours on the ice – squeezing through tight crevasses and sliding through ice caves! It’s simply wonderful! We began with a scenic flight, where we landed high up on the glacier and spent a couple of hours just marvelling at the blue ice formations. This is a really a fantastic side of NZ that we just discovered and hope to see Fox Glacier as well!”

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