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Three glaciers in New Zealand that you can't miss

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There are many glaciers in New Zealand, but if we have to highlight three we would stay with Rob Roy, Fox and the famous Franz Joseph. The first to have one of the most beautiful routes of a day on the south island. The second, the Fox glacier, for its proximity to the sea and the majestic seracs that are near the summit if you get close to it. And finally Franz Joseph, with a shocking tongue of ice that pales day by day for the climate change. The glaciers in New Zealand are another attraction of the country of the Kiwi and delKea, the bird that will accompany you more than once if you visit any of these three glaciers.

Glaciers in New Zealand

TheSouth Island of New Zealand She is the queen par excellence. We can get lost among its fjords like Milford Sound or by the multitude of national parks. Many glaciers are close to each other, such as Fox and Franz Joseph, and others more inside and that to access you have to prepare for a good walk. In any case, accessing these three is simple and also free. It is suitable for all audiences, although Rob Roy requires a little more physical preparation, it is not difficult, but if it is within what we consider a hiking route. Let's see which three glaciers in New Zealand we liked best.

Rob Roy Glacier Track

About 2 hours fromWanaka Lake We have this fantastic route. To access it you have to drive on a dead end road, half asphalted and half dirt to the parking lot where the routes to the glacier leave. From which parts of the dirt track the views are great. It is a past drive with your motorhome along this track, as you go through endless expanses with a variety of farms to a long valley cut by a mighty river that comes from the bowels of the glacier.


Rob roy glacier

It's weird to see those sheep farms, vaccines and even deerThey are simply spectacular, since for this type of cattle they require immense green pastures.


Rob roy glacier
Rob roy glacier

The hiking route to the glacier is simple although it takes 3 to 4 hours to get to and from the glacier. For us it was a great discovery. A beautiful, simple route with an exciting ending. When you approach the glacier it is easy to observe small avalanches that originates the movement of the glacier, a whole show.

Fox Glacier

From Wanaka to Fox Glacier there is little more than 4h of road with alpine landscape and that changes to tropical as you approach the beach. Driving in this country is a real delight, since this glacier is a clear example of landscape changes and the dazzling beauty of this country. How is it possible that there is a glacier near the beach? You can be walking through a tropical forest or bathe on the beach and shortly after use your crampons in a huge glacier. This is the essence of many of the glaciers in New Zealand.


Fox Glacier - New Zealand

Fox Glacier is one of the two most popular glaciers from New Zealand. Between Fox and Franz Joseph they are only 45 km between them and just over 20km to the sea, something really incredible.


The Kea, the native bird of the South Island

The name comes from first tourist who came to the glacierWilliam Fox, a tourist who saw something very different from what we can find today. Unfortunately, climate change has wreaked havoc and year after year the glacier has been losing both height and length.

They say that in 1752 it reached its maximum splendor of what is remembered, but it is true that thousands of years ago these glaciers reached the sea.


Fox Glacier - New Zealand

From the main viewpoint of Fox Glacier you can perceive a dirty ice due to the fusion of the earth and the stones of the place. Some crack has that blue tint that defines glaciers so much. From my point of view in the Alps there are much more spectacular glaciers, both in dimensions and in the visual part, much more beautiful, such as the Mar de Glace in France.

By the way, next to Fox Glacier is the most photographed lake in all of New Zealand, the Matheson Lake.


Fox Glacier - New Zealand

To see the full Fox Glacier article click here.

Franz Joseph Glacier

Fran Joseph is one of the most famous New Zealand glaciers and his name is due in honor ofFrancisco José I of Austria. The glacier is easily accessed from a small road that leaves a town with the same name. At the entrance of this road there is a small tropical forest, very curious, next to a new track prepared to be able to access the glacier by bike. The access road to the glacier is somewhat longer than in the case of Fox, but along this road there are several waterfalls that deserve to make a small stop. Possibly more than 10 years ago the walk to the tongue of the glacier was shorter, since it feels and looks like the glacier has been giving ground to climate change and rising temperatures.


Franz Josef Glacier

To see the full article by Fran Joseph click here.

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