South Island
Southern Alps - Franz Josef Glacier



The final stretch of the Franz Josef Glacier - and below

From above we can see the exiting melt water

See the people (towards the right forefront) to get the scale



Looking back from the end of the glacial valley and beyond
to the stream of melted ice heading towards the coast - and below

From Wikipedia: The Franz Josef (Ka Roimata o Hinehukatere in Māori) is a 12 km long glacier located in Westland National Park on the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island. Together with the Fox Glacier 20 km to the south, it is unique in the fact that it descends from the Southern Alps to less than 300 metres above sea level amidst the greenery and lushness of a temperate rainforest. It is also one of only three glaciers to come so close to a coastline. It terminates 19 km from the Tasman Sea. Fed by a 20 square mile large snowfield at high altitude, it exhibits a cyclic pattern of advance and retreat, driven by differences between the volume of meltwater at the foot of the glacier and volume of snowfall feeding the névé. Due to strong snowfall it is one of the few glaciers in New Zealand which is still growing as of 2007, while others, mostly on the eastern side of the Southern Alps, have been shrinking heavily, a process attributed to global warming. The area surrounding the two glaciers is designated a World Heritage Site. The Waiho River emerges from the glacier terminal.

A pleasant waterfall in the glacial valley

A view of the glacier from afar

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