NEW ZEALAND'S GLACIERS


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TUESDAY, JANUARY 16, 2007:

It was a very gloomy day as I traveled south of Greymouth to Franz Josef Glacier.
The weather prevented me from taking the heli-hike that I had planned for the afternoon.
Franz Josef Glaciertown of Franz Josef Glaciertown of Franz Josef Glacier

MY DAILY EMAIL SENT TUESDAY, JANUARY 16, 2007
Kiwi Greetings!

I left Greymouth this morning and headed south down the west coast of the south island. I visited a place called Shanty Town on my way down. It's a museum settlement with about 50 buildings depicting life in New Zealand many, many years ago.

As I continued my drive down the coast I passed through the small town of Ross. New Zealand's finest didn't particularly care for the speed at which I was traveling through his fine community. The fine was $170. I won't clear customs if I try to leave before it is paid.

I arrived here in Franz Josef Glacier early this afternoon in time to make the heli-hike I had scheduled for 2:30. You take a helicopter to the center of the glacier and take a two hour hike from there. Of course, as usual that was canceled due to the weather. This is the fourth thing I have had canceled due to weather. There isn't a whole lot to do here if you can't get into the air. The town consists of one gas station, a couple restaurants, a couple of hotels and about ten helicopter companies. I have another helicopter scheduled for 9:00 in the morning. Keeping my fingers crossed.

The weather isn't that bad here. Some blue skies out to the west. But there are low clouds and fog around the glacier. I went out to the glacier and took a couple of the walks they have out there. That is the attached picture for today.



I'm probably going to weigh 500 pounds by the time I get back because I sure haven't been sticking to my diet. When I have an activity canceled I eat to fill the void. Plus no Internet tonight. Good thing I brought DVDs with me to play on my laptop. Also a good thing you don't need power converters for the computer. I brought 3 power converters with me and blew them all up the first day in Australia. They worked fine for a few minutes then got hot, died and never worked again. They worked fine in London last year.

I guess I have rambled on long enough. Until tomorrow,

Tim



WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 17, 2007:

First thing Wednesday morning I went up in a helicopter for fantastic views of the glaciers and mountains.
The first thing we did was fly up the face of Franz Josef Glacier.
Franz Josef Glaciertop of Franz Josef GlacierSouthern Alps

Once on top there were fantastic views of many mountain peaks of the Southern Alps.
Mount Cookon top of Fox GlacierMount Cook

After landing on the top of Fox Glacier we flew down the face of it and back over to Franz Josef Glacier for landing.
me on top of Fox GlacierFox Glaciertown of Franz Josef Glacier

After the helicopter flight I walked around Lake Matheson and then walked to the face of Fox Glacier.
Lake Mathesontown of Fox Glacierme at Fox Glacier

NEW ZEALAND GLACIERS VIDEO
11 minute video of New Zealand's Franz Josef Glacier and Fox Glacier.
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