Franz Josef Glacier Warnings and Dangers

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    Over priced shops

    by abeorch Written Oct 16, 2010

    Franz Joseph is not a large place consequently your shopping choice for food basics is limited. As someone who used to live in the area we always avoiding shopping for food in Franz Joseph because the prices were higher - because transport costs, lack of options and because the shops serviced tourists who would pay.

    If you are driving south from Hokitika and self catering stock up at the supermarket in Hokitika and save yourself some money.

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    Falling Ice

    by Atre Updated Jan 11, 2009

    As the glacier is relatively fast moving, blocks of ice often fall, ice caves cave in, slopes slide down, and so on, thats why the base of the glacier is roped off. However if you want to see it closer, you can climb over...

    its what I did, but if you get crushed, dont blame me!

    update on 12/01/08 two Australian's did cross the ropes and venture close to the face of the Fox Glacier which then caved in, killing them. So be aware!

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    BEWARE! Falling ice blocks!

    by HarShe Updated Feb 27, 2006
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    Despite warning signs, there are some "smart" people who do what come to their mind without paying heed to these signs (See other photos). We saw & heard huge blocks of ice coming rolling down into the river below - easy to kill an elephant! Follow the signs.

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    Beware

    by imstress Updated Feb 25, 2006

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    Be aware

    Beware of falling rocks as they can fall from the valley sides or from the front face of the glacier. Always follow the marked route to the glacier and stay on walking tracks.

    Beware of falling ice from the front face of the glacier. Stay out of closed, roped-off areas.

    Beware of flooding areas as streams and river can rise rapidly during periods of heavy rain. Stay out of closed routes and tracks.

    Beware of river surge from falling ice. Stay on walking tracks.

    All warnings are clearly stated on the signboard, so do heed the advise.

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    Beware of car thieves

    by imstress Updated Feb 25, 2006

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    Please ensure that your car is securely locked and all the windows are winded up.

    Always lock your boot and bring your valuables along and keep them out of sight.

    Car thieves will always take the encouragement you give them so please help to reduce the crime rate.

    All warnings are clearly stated on the signboard, so do heed the advise.

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    Watch your step!

    by davidlop Written Jul 18, 2005
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    When you walk over the ice, or by the rainforest paths, be careful how you step, as it is often slippery. Be specially careful when going down, as a simple slip will drag you several meters down (or more). I can tell you ice is hard, and mud is... well, mud. So just wear good mountain boots, and a good dose of common sense... ;-)

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    Watch the cheeky birds!

    by Mez77 Updated Sep 28, 2003

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    Depending whether or not it's your property under inspection, the kea can appear as a cheeky comic, or a mischievous vandal. I thought they were quite funny until I heard stories about kea-damaged tents, sleeping bags, backpacks, skis, mountain bikes, and even cars and huts.

    Inquisitive by nature, the kea soon sinks its claws and beak into any object including, unfortunately, things we perceive as our valuable private property.

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    Tired Dogs

    by kenmerk Updated May 26, 2003

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    Swollen Dogs after Two Weeks of Tramping About...

    There is so much great outdoor stuff to do and see in New Zealand, that you are likely to wear your feet out... Feet bruised and battered after a day on the Franz Josef Glacier... (It was worth it, I'd do it again anytime...)

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    Bring a Brolly

    by Duffelgirl Written Apr 24, 2003

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    View from campsite

    Apparently you do get nice days, but generally It is VERY wet in the West Coast - make sure you bring lots of warm and dry clothes to wear. I would also give camping a miss, unless you are hardcore!
    If out walking take a thermo flask to keep a hot drink at the ready.

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    Proceed only with a trained guide

    by Aidy_p Written Apr 12, 2007

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    It's a fine line between bravery and stupidity

    You may want to experience the beauty upclose of what Franz Josef Glacier has to offer. But never do it by youself if you have not had any prior training. Remember, never dice with mother nature.

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    Falling Ice

    by 2Cities1Love Written Mar 10, 2007

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    Don't pretend you can't see the sign!!!

    Don't be tempted to climb the barrier,just to get a better picture.
    It is there for a reason, as there have been quite a few people hurt by falling ice from the glacier.

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    No Stopping Next 400m!

    by wkcsmt Written Jan 11, 2005

    Beware of falling rocks/stones & rising water! Often people ignore the signs to take some eye catching photos...they are so tempting!

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    Unsafe surfaces

    by rozehill Updated Jan 25, 2003

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    Access beyond this point is unsafe for inexperienced or unguided parties, due to hazards such as steep drops, slippery and unstable surfaces.

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