Monday, January 21, 2013

just going hiking in a glacier is all... FJ

The Ice Explorer Glacier Hike was definitely a high-light of my trip in New Zealand!

There used to be a full-day hike into the glacier, in which you hiked through the valley and back as well. Now, it is a bit (a LOT) more expensive and includes a helicopter to and from the glacier! The helicopter ride is awesome... but also makes the hike a lot safer instead of walking through the valley where rock slides do happen now and then.

Our guide, Chris, making room for the helicopter to take off...

Pretty amazing...

The helicopter looks like it will run into the side of the mountain as it takes off and turns back toward town... but apparently it has plenty of room.

Starting our hike further into the glacier and away from the helicopter landing pad...


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