Fox Glacier is located on the west coast of South Island. First, I took the Alpine Landscape Train from Christchurch to greymouth, and the intercity bus from the railway station to Fox Town. It took me a long time to cross the South Island from east to west. In fact, if there is no train scenario suggestion, go directly to the bus, then there is no special scenery along the mountain landscape train, train tickets are also expensive. The back section of the bus has been driving in the mountains, the mobile phone is in a signal-free state all the way. If the self-driving breaks down and calls for help, the closer it gets to Fox, the more rain it will get and the more heartbreaking it will be. The bus goes first to Franz Josef and then to fox, where the town looks bigger and busier and there are glaciers. Fox is really small. Introduced below, usually go to these two places will go on a glacier hike, and if it rains, helicopters are absolutely useless. I estimate the probability of rain over there. It's not raining in a few days a year. The guide over there says that the annual rainfall in town is 6 meters, and the annual rainfall on the glacier is 11 meters. So we are prepared for it, and we may regret it if we go. At home, helihike was booked and the first shift was booked on the same day. If the weather was bad, we would change it later. I was ready to give up the rainstorm that morning, but then suddenly it stopped raining and the sun was shining. And even the Sun waited five minutes before his flight to confirm that he could fly. Fortunately, my class was the only one that flew that day. When I got there, it thundered and rained. The latter two classes were cancelled. If it's sunny, glacier hiking must be very addictive. I survive in the wilderness above under the light rain. The glacier is still beautiful. The ice cave is blue and pure. Helicopter hiking is recommended as a rare experience. Fox Glacier is connected with the rainforest. I remember that there are small woods in the evening just a few steps from the town. There are many glow worm fireflies in them, many of them. Don't turn on a flashlight when you watch them.
Fox Glacier is 13 kilometers long and slopes down 2600 meters from Southern Alps in the South Alps. Four alpine glaciers accumulate snow about 30 meters deep each year and inject it into Fox Glacier. Snow compresses into blue snow hundreds of meters deep at the top of the glacier, slides down the mountain to the valley below, and falls on ice 300 meters thick. The pressure between the glacier and the steep canyon soil causes part of the snow to melt, providing lubrication for this movement.
Don't miss Fox Glacier when you come to New Zealand. The glacier here is probably one of the lowest sea waves in the world. To visit here, you must choose the kind of glacier that has a long hiking route. The feeling on helicopter is far less real than standing on the glacier. Of course, if you want to go to the Glacier Helicopter, you must take it. Otherwise, you can't go there. The glacier leaders here are all good young people. They are enthusiastic, open-minded, chatty and easy to communicate with tourists. They all speak English, but they haven't met Chinese yet. In addition, the front row of the helicopter can only sit in the ladies, while the men can only sit in the back row.
As the helicopter flew toward the snow mountain, we saw more and more clearly the coming snow mountain, and the Fox Glacier at our feet. It is the first time in our lives that we have seen such a magnificent glacier with such a distinct and prominent tongue of ice lying in the valley. What we feel inside is an unspeakable shock. Fox Glacier is also one of the most accessible glaciers in the world, because it extends from the snow line to temperate rain forests only 300 meters from sea level. Of course, with the accumulation of global greenhouse effect, the tongue of ice extended by this glacier is now far away from temperate rain forests. Of course, this glacier can be a tourist attraction in New Zealand, because it has a very suitable area for helicopter landing. The helicopter landed on the planned glacier area. With the help of the pilot, we got off the plane. For the first time, we stood on the real glacier. We couldn't resist joy and excitement. We looked around with white snow. In addition to surrounded by mountains on three sides, on the other hand, it is as empty as a huge stage. We used our cameras to shoot crazily, then stood, sat, lie down, jumped and other postures to take pictures with the glacier. The small and exquisite helicopters embellished on the vast glacier became the background of our photographs. The driver took pictures of us with his camera, and soon he took the printed pictures from the cab and put them in the album to sell them to us. The price of a photo is NT$20. It's really expensive, but there are pictures of the location of the glacier where our helicopter stayed, photo of the glacier, and the names of the two glaciers we saw on this helicopter tour. With so much added value and the driver's enthusiastic service, we accepted the unexpected expenditure in a logical way. Then we boarded the helicopter again and left the glacier. The plane flew toward the town of Franz Joseph. Through the porthole of the helicopter, we could see some glaciers beneath our feet were smooth and smooth, some were piled up and cut, and the peaks were raised and extended. Ice trenches are always visible, snow mountains are close at hand, sunshine is brighter, and the sea of clouds is stepping on its feet. When Franz Glacier appeared in our field of vision, we looked down at the valley that we had hiked in the afternoon yesterday. At this time, we could see clearly that there were hikers on the ground, and they kept waving to us. By contrast, the Franz Glacier is much smaller than the Fox Glacier. Obviously, the former seems to be heating faster under the influence of the greenhouse effect.
Fox Glacier, 3 hours walking，completely different experience, its worth a try
Fox Glacier is located on the west coast of New Zealand's South Island. It is adjacent to Franz Joseph Glacier. Both glaciers are very beautiful. If time is short, you can see either one. If you have enough time, you can see both. Glaciers are shrinking every year, and the human impact on nature is evident. The most beautiful is the glacier trail. It's really beautiful. We must take a walk. According to our own situation, we can choose what is suitable for us and prepare our equipment.
The weather on the west coast of the South Island is very changeable. It is rainy and windy, and the sun is hot. Leave Greymouth in the heavy rain and clear up halfway through Hokitika's break. Joseph Glacier hiked for two hours only to find a cave, no glacier. Lake Mason is famous for its reflections and hiking for an hour and a half. The son of two hikes came down and continued his FOX glacier hike today.
Because of the young children, the glacier project can not participate, but choose to stay in this glacier town for a night. One reason is that Matheson Lake, the highest peak in New Zealand, Cook Mountain and its reflection in the lake can be seen with good luck, and the other reason is that you can still choose a hiking route suitable for family travelers to observe the glacier at close range. It was less than 2 p.m. when we arrived at Fox Glacier, and we had plenty of time to visit Matheson Lake. We chose the route around the lake, 4.4 kilometers, taking 2.5 hours. The lake is surrounded by primitive forests and vegetation, covered with layers of lichens and mosses, all kinds of fungi (sky-blue mushrooms, etc.), streams and rivers live in harmony and full of vitality. Although the Cook Mountains were covered with thick clouds, we were lucky to see the town full of golden light at sunset.
Whether it comes from Hokitica or Vanaca by car, it takes a long and wonderful journey, even the feeling of a time of flood and wilderness. Along the road, there are waves of ancient trees and ferns coming. After arriving in the town, change to the scenic car and enter the Glacier Canyon under the guidance of the guide. After getting off, we have to walk a long way to reach the bottom of the ice tongue. Because of the warming climate, the glacier is no longer spectacular. If you want to go deeper, you need to make appointments with professional guides and rent equipment to climb. Therefore, the best way to watch it is to take a helicopter to view the town and the magnificent glaciers deep into the Cook Mountains at a high angle and make a glacier landing when the weather permits.
We watch the glacier by helicopter. The price is NY 275 per person, about RMB 1425 per person. This kind of consumption seems a bit luxurious, but considering that all the scenic spots along the way do not accept tickets, if calculated according to the domestic ticket cost, it may exceed this price, so it is still flying to overlook the spectacular glacier. There are six people in each plane, two in the front and four in the back. As the plane circled over the approaching landing point, we saw a velvety patch of flat snow and the tourists who were staying on it. That kind of feeling is very good, after the shutdown, off the plane to play for about half an hour, the driver is very friendly, and will take pictures with you.