On our way down the West Coast, we stopped off at Franz Josef Glacier Guides’ base in Franz Josef in the hope the weather would allow us to fly up onto the glacier by chopper. The impressive complex was alive with hearty-looking guides in red shirts and shorts with climbing ropes, pitons and two-way radios hanging off them.

Franz Josef Glacier guide Tim Bluett leading the way. Above: A perfect day on Franz Josef Glacier


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