Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Franz Josef Glacier

The magnificent Franz Josef Glacier is widely regarded as the gem of New Zealand's West Coast Glaciers.

In the last ice age the glacier extended in a huge ice-sheet to beyond the present coastline. Although today's glacier has retreated considerably, echoes of its frozen past are still apparent in the present landscape. The terminal face of the glacier is less than 300 metres above sea level and is just one of three to be this close to the coastline. Take an imaginary journey back in time and witness the awesome power of moving ice, the shaping of the valley, the formations of moraine, and the impressive wall of ice at the terminus of the glacier.

Location Franz Josef Glacier is located in Westland National Park on the West Coast, 5 kilometres from Franz Josef township.

Hike, climb or just stand in awe of the amazing natural beauty of Franz Josef Glacier on your next New Zealand Vacation with Celtic Tours World Vacations  

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