We all woke up early and prepared some breakfast and lunch for the day.
At 7AM we left our motel to Fox Township, about 30min drive to joint the Fox Trot: Half Day Fox Glacier Walk which was scheduled at 8.35AM. The price for this tour:
After some orientation and explanation, we boarded into the historic bus to bring us to the glacier valley, passing through the thick rain-forest.
Our group of 10 was leading by Lui, the guide. Lui quite knowledgeable and explained many things to us. Once we reached the ice area, we must wear our crampon and took 1 walking stick... Now we are ready to explore the glacier, walking on ice .. Yeeeeeesssssss.....
|Alighted from the bus, ready to explore|
the Fox Glacier
|Lui, Our guide for the fox glacier|
|Walking beside the river bed|
|We were on ICE ..|
We even tried to drink and eat the ice.
Listened to the underground water ..
We all were prepared with few layers of cloths in anticipated that the weather would be very cold since we walked on ice. Surprisingly.. after some walked, we felt warm ... and some took out the jacket..
*some advise, better wear few layers of cloths to make u feel warm than a thick jacket alone. When you feel warm after some walked, u can take out the outer layer of your cloths*
|Glacier .. u can eat the ice or drink the melted ice ..|
|Walking on ice|
|We were on ice .. !!!|
When we back to the tour office, returned those equipment that we borrowed, then we collected our 'certificate' as a proof that we already walked on ice ....
After taken our packed lunch, we went to Lake Matheson, about 5min drive from Fox Township (6km). But the Lake itself is not at the road side, we need to walk about 30 min to be able to see the lake. Since 2 friends of us were not with us at the moment, we decided to go back to motel and be back tomorrow morning for Lake Matheson aka Lake of Reflections...
Our dinner tonight??? Beef stew ...
Since today was a Lord's day, after dinner, we sang some hymns and had fellowship on man in God's history .................
Everyone was so tired after a long day and walk .... so we went to sleep early tonight..
10 Dec 12: LAKE MATHESON & GREYMOUTH
We left Franz Josef at 07.30 for Lake Matheson. The best time to visit Lake Matheson is at dawn or dusk before the wind start blowing, when there is any breeze to capture the perfect reflection.
Lake Matheson also called Lake of Reflections because when there is no wind blow, you will be able to see the reflections of Aoraki/Mt. Cook and Mt. Tasman on its surface.. exactly like a mirror..
From the carpark, passed by the cafe and gift shops, need to walk about 40 min to reach the lake and 1.5hrs to return to the car park. There are few stops to take the pictures.. just enjoyed the forest and birds along the quite easy track.. More informations about the walks to Lake Matheson ... ? Click here or here ..
|Do you see Mirror of the mountain?|
|Lake Matheson, Lake of Refrections|
|Entrance to Pancake Rocks & Blowholes|
|Bagio enjoying his 'giant' burger|
|Blowholes and Pancake Rocks *Pic taken from here*|