Two of the three major glaciers in the South Island of New Zealand are located on the west coast, namely Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Glacier. It's not easy to come here by land. Over the mountains and ridges, the road seems to have entered a prehistoric era. It also proves from another angle that it is not affected by humans too much, and it is primitive enough. There are usually helicopter sightseeing, canyon hiking, and ice climbing experience to visit the glacier. I participated in the first two of Fox Glacier. Due to the impact of global warming, the lower edge of the glacier has been receding into the mountains. There are only a large amount of gravel cut by the glacier in the canyon. It is scary to see, but it is still beautiful to overlook from the helicopter and the glacier landing. Hope Mankind can implement emissions reductions as soon as possible and protect our shared nature.
The West Coast Glacier Region is a famous tourist area in the South Island of New Zealand. However, due to its unique geographical location, the West Coast is blocked by the Central Mountain Range when the warm and humid air flows ashore, and the weather is changing, making roads often closed here!
The town is small, but glacier hikes and helicopters are worth a try. Very spectacular and beautiful. If you go in peak season, remember to book a helicopter and accommodation. We booked the helicopter in advance and were delayed one round, if we can remember to reserve time
Those who are adventurous will not get tired of the exciting and interesting activities here: helicopter hiking on the glacier, parachuting, rafting...everything.
This glacier is slowly sliding down every day at a speed ranging from 23-45 cm. In the interior of the glacier, due to its movement, the gravel of the mountain slides down, coupled with the sunlight, so that numerous cracks and ice towers are formed on the surface of the glacier.