Wednesday, November 21, 2012

#906 West Coast Glaciers (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand

Fox Glacier ice cave
River emerging from Fox Glacier
People are often quite astonished to discover that New Zealand has growing glaciers -- it perhaps does not seem cold enough, but the Southern Alps provide a perfect environment for the mountain glaciers to feed the coastal ice flows that end in the rain forest not far from the ocean's edge.
Fox Glacier -- rainforest surrounding it
Very accessible in around an hour's walk from the main road, but surrounded by spectacular high peaks, they are a magical other-worldly place to visit. Like most other place's on New Zealand's West Coast South Island, there are minimal people living anywhere closeby allowing it to remain untouched and wild.
Franz Josef Glacier


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