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    Retreating Glacier

    by Aidy_p Written Apr 13, 2007

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    Picture of the retreating glacier

    Favorite thing: This information board provided me with an understanding of what is happening to the glacier. The board had the earliest photo taken in 1867 where you can see that the valley was covered with a sheet of ice.

    In 1909, the ice started to retreat. In 1939, the glacier further melted, turning the entire valley into a lake. Circa 2003, the waters are all gone, and the glacier has retreated even further back. All these in a short span of less than a 100 years. What it means for our children is that there may be a time where Franz Josef Glacier may be no more.

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    Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters

    by imstress Updated Feb 25, 2006

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    Favorite thing: http://www.glacierhelicopters.co.nz/

    "Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters offers a range of scenic helicopter flights from 10 minutes to several hours’ duration. Flights depart from Franz Josef Glacier, Fox Glacier and Queenstown.

    At Fox Glacier there is a popular flight combination with glacier hiking. This “flights plus” combinations with hiking, mountain biking and snowmobiling enable thrillseekers with limited time to “get away from it all” and the opportunity to experience areas of New Zealand’s wilderness renowned for their outstanding natural beauty.

    The helicopter bases are centrally located and complimentary pick up and drop off transfers are available."

    Pls refer to the website for more information or refer to their brochuers which I have scanned.

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    Franz Josef Glacier Guides

    by imstress Updated Feb 25, 2006

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    Favorite thing: http://www.franzjosefglacier.com/

    "Franz Josef Glacier Guides is a professional guiding company, operating since 1990. Its heritage can be traced to over 100 years.

    The experienced guides will be able to guide you through spectacular icefall terrain and take you into the unknown, providing support as you face the challenge and share with you a sense of discovery whilst always maintaining the highest levels of safety. To go to the most spectacular glacier terrain you will require the guides to create clear steplines and tracks on a daily basis. "

    Pls refer to the website for more information or to the brochuer that I have scanned.

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    Alpine Guides

    by imstress Updated Feb 25, 2006

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    Favorite thing: http://www.helicopter.co.nz/

    "Alpine Guides offer guided walks and helihikes from half day to the 2 day Chancellor Hut Overnight Heli-Trek.

    The guides are trained through the internationally recognised NZ Mountain Guides Association assure you of a safe hikes.

    Let the friendly and professional guides lead you onto an incredible world of ice. The hikes are tailored to suit all fitness levels, budgets and timeframes."

    Pls refer to the website for more information or to the brochuer that I have scanned.

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    Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Heliservices

    by imstress Updated Feb 25, 2006

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    Favorite thing: www.scenic-flights.co.nz

    Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Heliservices has been operating since early 1980s. It is an experienced helicopter flight-seeing company providing visitors with a diverse range of South Island scenic helicopter flights and private charters in some of most spectacular alpine and coastal regions of New Zealand.

    Boasting an impressive fleet of modern turbine helicopters and with flight offices located in Franz Josef Glacier, Fox Glacier, Lake Tekapo and Kaikoura, they specialise in year round snow landings, flight-seeing within National Parks and aerial whale watching.

    It’s the only helicopter company licensed to land at all designated landing sites within the Westland National Park. It also provides a selection of highly popular Franz Josef & Fox Glacier scenic flights which includes a snow landing on a glacier all year round.

    Complimentary pick ups from the town to the helicopter taking off site.

    Pls refer to the website for more information or refer to their brochuers which I have scanned.

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    $$$

    by imstress Updated Feb 17, 2006

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    Favorite thing: An ATM machine is available in Franz Josef just outside the Mt Cook Ski Plane Building. Eftpos and credit cards are accepted for most services.

    There is no ATM facility in Fox Glacier so do withdraw enough cash before you head for Fox Glacier.

    Money Changer could be found at the Fern Grove Souvenirs at main road.

    For forex exhchange in Fox Glacier head for the Alpine Guides on the main road.

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    DOC Office and Visitor Centre

    by Lozza_9 Written Mar 22, 2005

    Favorite thing: This is open Nov- April 8.30am - 6pm;May- Oct 9am-5pm.

    Web site: vctemp@doc.govt.nz

    This has loads of leaflets on walks in the area. They also have up-to date weather reports so double check with them before you start any walk.

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    red flowering Rata

    by Kate-Me Written May 18, 2004
    spectacular Rata

    Favorite thing: Rata is a relative of the famous NZ flowering tree, Pohutakawa, and the former seeming semi tropical, I really didn't expect to see all this colour this far south in NZ!

    The micro-climates in this country are simply amazing.
    I never would have thought it possible to drive up to the glaciers, and drive through semi-tropical rainforest most of the way, including not only rata and tree ferns, but cabbage trees (relative of the palm tree) as well! And this happened a lot.
    It was really special to see, when the only times I've visited snow areas, I've seen barren, rocky ground, as on ski fields etc.

    I don't know how the ferns survive, when at this altitude they must spend quite a bit of the year beneath snow or ice.

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    Glasier hike

    by dragontml Written Nov 21, 2003

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    my glasier hiking boots

    Favorite thing: when you go for the glasier hike, make sure you take a comfortable pair of shoes which is supplied. take the clean socks which these ppl offer you as when you return from the hike it would be wet and it would be good to wear back your own dry pair of socks !

    Fondest memory: it's surely a memorable experience to be going for glasier hike !

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    Visit the Visitor Centres

    by Mez77 Written Sep 23, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Department of Conservation (DOC) Visitor Centres in Franz Josef and Fox Glacier are great starting points to get your bearings.
    Both Visitor Centres offer interesting displays and detailed information about the glaciers and Westland Tai Poutini National Park. The Franz Josef Glacier centre screens excellent audio-visuals. Up to date weather forecasts are provided daily and make sure you ask about the recreational opportunities in the area. A range of conservation gifts and essential outdoor equipment are available for purchase.

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    Glacier Country Climate

    by Mez77 Written Sep 23, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Weather in Glacier Country is spectacular with its sudden and intense contrasts. When it rains it buckets down. Average rainfall is 4700mm falling on about 178 rain days. However, there are many clear, sunny days - an average of 1860 sunshine hours annually, more than in many other regions in New Zealand. Late summer and midwinter are particularly noted for milder than average South Island temperatures and high sunshine hours.

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    Ice and snow

    by rozehill Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Glacier country

    Favorite thing: The spectacular Franz Josef Glacier descends to just 250 metres above sea level amidst the greenery and lushness of a temperate rainforest.
    Of all the accessible temperate glaciers in New Zealand, the Franz Josef Glacier is easily the steepest and fastest moving.
    While many glaciers world-wide have been retreating, the Franz Josef Glacier still flows almost to sea level, through a temperate rainforest of ancient podocarp trees and other evergreen species.
    This combination of ice and temperate rainforest is a unique feature of New Zealand's glacier country, and is an ecosystem found nowhere else in the world.
    South Westland is situated at 43.5 degrees south, an equivalent latitude to the south of France. Cannes, for example, is the same distance from the coast as Franz Josef, with mountains of similar altitudes.
    Running through Franz Josef is the Alpine Fault. Along this faultline the Southern Alps have been pushed up, and continue to rise in close proximity to the ocean. The weather that flows on to the West Coast is forced to rise over the Southern Alps, thereby cooling and dropping most of its moisture as rain and snow. This process causes up to 30 metres of snow to fall on the neve (or catchment area of the glacier), every year.

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    Clear the Way...

    by kenmerk Updated Jun 22, 2003

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    The Ice block is bigger than he is...

    Favorite thing: The guide working on felling a large ice boulder perched up above the path... (A good idea, so to avoid catching one on the noggin....)

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    Look out Below !!!

    by kenmerk Updated May 26, 2003

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    Look out Below....

    Favorite thing: Looking down in some of these cracks in the ice, you couldn't see the bottom...

    As a warning, our guide kicked a rock down one of these cracks... (I never heard it hit bottom...)

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    Ice Climbing

    by kenmerk Written May 26, 2003

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    Trust me, that is not me up there....

    Favorite thing: For the more adventursome, how about ice climbing straignt up one of the sheer faces in the ice falls ?

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