Franz Josef Glacier Photo Gallery
I was surprised that Franz Josef town was not uphill but actually along flat land. The main town was not that small and had many restaurants whose prices were not too out-of-line. I couldn't visualize what it was like to have a glacier amidst the rainforest, but the walk to the terminal face did the job. Remember to check the ranger's update plaque at the beginning of the trail. Conditions change quickly and it may not be possible to get too close to the glacier.
The rain then started coming down so I had to carefully hike up the gravel pits to reach the final lookout point less than 1km away from the glacier. Helicopters were not running that afternoon due to the low clouds, so I would need to be patient and wait until the next day at the Fox Glacier.
It seemed a long way to the glacier. Hard to believe it wasn't that long ago that the glacier covered all of this.
Reflecting the precipitation-laden coast's climate, the rocks were well-covered with vegetation.
This is a unique part of the world where a glacier can co-exist with a tropical rainforest.
The vegetation eventually gave way to a more turbulent glacial drainage zone.
By now, the rain was falling steadily but I wouldn't give up after walking so far.