Exploring New Zealand’s Glaciers

Posted on Apr 10, 2017 | Travel Tips |

New Zealand is a land of immense beauty, dominated by untamed landscapes formed by the powerful forces of nature over tens of thousands of years. With bubbling mud pools, spouting geysers, ancient volcanoes and imposing mountain ranges the country is a timeless testament to the geological evolution of our planet.

On the South Island can be found the majority of New Zealand’s famous glaciers, over three thousand in total, each with a surface area of more than a hectare. Among them are the immense Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers, making this unique region the most stunning example of its kind in the world. This unmissable sight is certain to be a breathtaking highlight of your visit to the country.

Fox Glacier

The glacier region of the South Island offers an unrivalled range of invigorating activities which will enable you to fully appreciate the splendour and beauty of the area. A guided glacier walk will take you right into the heart of the scenery, giving you an unforgettable first-hand experience unlike any other. For a more leisurely adventure take a horseback ride through Glacier Country or explore the region by boat, kayak or even helicopter.

Submerse yourself in a hot pool for invigorating refreshment or simply enjoy a spot of bird watching to while away the hours. Activities are available throughout the year so you need not be limited by the seasons.

Hardy walkers trek through Franz Joseph glacier

For a stress-free experience visiting Glacier Country consider a tailor-made holiday package so that you can focus on soaking up the stunning scenery and immersing yourself in the extraordinary culture that New Zealand has to offer. The eight day West Coast Glaciers and Queenstown Tour offered by specialist New Zealand travel company Anzcro will take you deep into Glacier Country in addition to acquainting you with the lively resort of Queenstown in Otago. Arriving at Christchurch Airport where you will collect your inclusive hire car, your journey will take you across the Southern Alps where stunning scenery awaits.

From the artists’ community at Hokitika you will venture into Glacier Country where, for several days, you can explore the region at your leisure, enjoying a helihike to the glacier with a local guide or a variety of short walks through rainforests and past impressive waterfalls. The final leg of your journey will take you to Queenstown, a lively resort in the shadow of the mountains where the young-at-heart can engage in a range of adventurous outdoor activities or, for something more relaxing, a boat cruise across Lake Wakatipu.

New Zealand’s Glacier Country is a world-famous visitor attraction unlike any other place on Earth and a holiday in the region is destined to leave you with timeless memories of this remarkable ancient landscape.