The routes travelled are never the same.
Originally from the high reaches of the Southern Alps, the beautiful Franz Josef Glacier has been slowly making its descent through the lush native rainforest of Westland National Park. It is the steepest glacier in New Zealand, with its descent starting from 3000m to 240m above sea level.
On average, the glacier moves approximately 50cm a day – but it can move as fast as 4m in certain ice fall sections.
Consequently, a hike on Franz Josef Glacier is never the same, with the constant moving creating incredible features in the glacier such as ice caves, tunnels, seracs and crevasses that change everyday. Guides that take groups out on the ice are up early surveying the glacier and mapping out the route for that day.
This photo essay covers our trip on the glacier, highlighting the beautiful mix of white snow and blue ice.
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