Day 27, South Island, New Zealand

Trip Start Nov 14, 2011
Trip End May 13, 2012

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Monday, January 2, 2012

Still heading south down the west coast.

Pleasant journey but not quite on the same scale as yesterday until towards the end when we were approaching Franz Josef Glacier. This time the main scenery was the mountain range to our left, known as the Southern Alps.

The Franz Josef Glacier and nearby Fox Glacier are a must visit as nowhere else in the world do glaciers descend this far down into the rain forest, descending down the valleys from the peaks of the Southern Alps until they are just 12kms from the sea and therefore very accessible.

There are various ways to view the glaciers, driving and then walking only gets you to where the glaciers end, so the alternative options are either a helicopter or a small plane (8 seater).

We chose the 1 hour flight in a small plane as this would also include going higher and circling Mount Cook and Mount Tasman - the highest and 2nd highest mountains in New Zealand.

The  glaciers were amazing, and we are so glad we chose to do the trip in a small plane as we got a lot higher than the helicopters - right up to and close to the peaks - spectacular! 

Another good day.

Total  today 190 kms
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