Hope you are all well.
So we arrived at Fox village last night…but we were a little concerned…not snow…no ice…bright blue sky….very green…..UMMMM!
So where was this Glacier? We walked around what can only be described as a few building aka Fox Township. It seemed bery nice…but small. We could not even see much of a mountain around. We walked into the FOX Glacier tours office and enquired about the trips.We decided to do the Heli-Hike trip…which included two flights and The guided walk on the Glacier. It was a little out of our price range…but how often do you get to walk on a glacier?!We decided not to book there and then as the weather forecast was a little dodgy for the following day and we did not want to be up there and unable to see anything so we waited.
Today we got up and decided to go to the Mount Cook lookout (the largest mountain in NZ) But it was a little disastrous as we could not see anything with the cloud and the mountain being so big. After that we decided to go and book our trips. When we entered the centre I enquired and the lady said that there is a trip leaving in 10 mins and it would probably be the last for a few days as the weather was not looking good for the next few days. We decided…what the Hell….lets go for it. I ran and changed clothes in the car park and we quickly bought supplies…and off we went. It was a quick as that….within half an hour of us entering the centre…we were in the air…on our way to an amazing experience.
When we arrived the glacier looked amazing from the helicopter… It looked so rough…I thought we were never going to be able to walk it…but as we got closer I realized that the size had fooled us and it was not as harsh as it had first appeared…but still tough.
After arriving we attached our boots with spikes and off we went. The glacier felt like we were in Antarctica of something. The Ice was solid and had caves, crevasses and tunnels…all made out of ice, and Bright blue in colour. It was really cool…literally! We had such an amazing hike. It lasted about three hours once we were up on the ice. We found a fresh water waterfall in the ice..so we filled up our water bottles in the fall. It tasted very nice…even I thought so…which is not something I say often. …mind you…diet coke is on limited supply when you are 800m above sea level on a 18km Glacier!
It was so untouched that the guide had to constantly cut steps out of the ice for us with an ice axe.I felt like a true mountaineer with spike on my hiking boots…that's for sure!So we had an amazing day in all…tomorrow we are off to cross Arthurs Pass…not sure what that is yet but we will tomorrow!
Lots of Love
Kirsty and Lee