The Franz Josef Glacier descends from the Southern Alps down into temperate rainforest just 300 metres above sea level. From the nearby town, you can arrange to go ice hiking. Alternatively, it’s easy to walk to the terminus of the glacier. A scenic flight will provide a different view of this giant river of ice.
Clarke Glacier, near Queenstown, is a top spot for high-altitude heli-skiing – and you don’t have to be an expert skier or snowboarder to enjoy it intermediate skills will do just fine. Heli-skiing fans love the long runs and dry powder snow that this glacier consistently delivers.
Hooker Valley Track
Completing the Hooker Valley Track has its rewards. Hooker Glacier Lake awaits those who finish this spectacular walk, ensuring that your day ends on a high note.
The higher you go, the more amazing the panorama. Fiordland was carved by ancient glaciers over a number of ice ages. From the air you can appreciate the soaring Mountain views, deep fiords and misty waterfalls. There’s only one road into this region, so most of the scenery is only accessible by air.