The impressive glaciers of New Zealand

The 3 most popular NZ glaciers

One of the most precious natural wonders in the world is glaciers, and in fact, New Zealand can boast them. Most glaciers are found on the South Island, including Rob Roy Glacier, Fox Glacier and Franz Joseph Glacier. These three wonders are considered the most impressive glaciers of New Zealand.

In addition, these territories offer a wide variety of hiking trails. Next, we give you more information about the three glaciers mentioned above.

Fox Glacier

The Fox Glacier is one of the most popular in NZ and it has this name in homage to the Prime Minister William Fox in 1872. Certainly, around 1.000 people visit it every day.

The glacier is located 4 hours from Wanaka. A few meters away, you can also enjoy the most photographed lake in the country, the Lake Matheson. It is impressive as it acts as a mirror.

Also, it has an extension of 13 Km long and it is exactly located in the National Park of Westland Tai Poutini.

If you have the opportunity to visit the glacier, we recommend you to do: hiking trails; helicopter tours to see ice caves, waterfalls and streams; visit Lake Matheson through a circular walk (1 hour 30 min); parachute jump and observe the Southern Alps, the glacier and the Mount Cook; and enjoy the sunset at Gillespies beach.

Franz Joseph Glacier

The name of this glacier referes to Francisco José I of Austria. It is very close to the ocean and at a very low altitude. Also, it is located 5 km from the city Franz Joseph Glacier and you can easily access by road to the car park.

Also, you have two options to visit the glacier. On the one hand, you can access on foot and walk around 30 minutes from the parking. On the other hand, you can visit it by helicopter but with a minimum cost of 300 NZ dollars.

If you decide to do the hike until the end of the glacier (1 hour 30 min), you will see the blocks of seracs caused by the movement of the terrain, the blue caves, etc.

Finally, we recommend you to organize the excursions with Franz Joseph Glacier Guide, the main tour operator in the area. They organize safe routes, glacial climbs, access to hot pools, etc.

Rob Roy Glacier

This glacier is located in Mount Aspiring National Park, the largest park in New Zealand. It has a lot of mountains, glaciers, cliffs, lakes, etc.

We want to indicate you that there is the Rob Roy Glacier Track, a route of 3-4 hours and easy level. During the tour, you can listen and observe small avalanches and earth movements.

In addition, you should keep in mind the following aspects: a fall can have serious consequences; unstable weather at any time of the year; and avalanches between May and November. Certainly, you must wear appropriate clothing and footwear to avoid risks.

Finally, we hope you enjoyed reading this article about the impressive glaciers of New Zealand and learned a little more about the country.

If you finally dare to discover the natural beauty of this territory, do not forget to get an eTA for New Zealand. Currently, it is a mandatory procedure to enter the country.

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