I’m not a rock climber, hiker, trekker, or mountaineer, but I love mountains. The silence, the trees, the mist and clouds, the twisting, rushing rivers in valleys full of rocks… it’s all more magic than a harsh, empty, burning bright beach could ever be.
New Zealand is full of mountains, and some have snow or ice on them all year. We didn’t walk on or fly over any of the glaciers on the South Island, but I was happy we had the chance to stroll up near one of them.
There are 42 photos below.
On the road
Fox Glacier (the town)
Fox Glacier (the glacier)
As recommended, and because we needed to leave Fox Glacier and drive to Queenstown, we drove to the start of the gentle one-hour walking trail first thing in the morning. It was very quiet. There were only one or two other people on the trail ahead of us. By the time we were headed back to the parking lot, there were more.
I was glad we got to see the valley empty. I was even more glad it didn’t rain; they close the trail if they think the water might suddenly rise to dangerous levels because of runoff.