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Monday, April 10, 2000
Queenstown to Franz Josef, New Zealand
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Franz Josef, New Zealand:
Latitude: 43° 23' 21" South
Longitude: 170° 10' 52" East
Altitude: 462 feet
From Seattle: 8524 miles
Lodging: Hostel - Glow Worm Cottage

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Today's Travel:
Country: New Zealand
Region: South Island
Route: Bus: Atomic Shuttle: Queenstown - Fox - Franz Josef
Path:Queenstown - Franz Josef, New Zealand
Linear:149 miles
Weather: Sunny / Partial Sun / Overcast

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New Zealand sheep West Coast, New Zealand

The coast Knights Point, New Zealand

Fox glacier Fox, New Zealand

Franz Josef glacier Helicopter ride, Franz Josef, New Zealand

Franz Josef glacier Helicopter ride, Franz Josef, New Zealand

Franz Josef glacier Helicopter ride, Franz Josef, New Zealand

Mt Cook Helicopter ride, Franz Josef, New Zealand

Mt Cook Helicopter ride, Franz Josef, New Zealand

Mt Cook Helicopter ride, Franz Josef, New Zealand

Ridge, Mt Cook Helicopter ride, Franz Josef, New Zealand

Ridge, Mt Cook Helicopter ride, Franz Josef, New Zealand

The top of the Franz Josef glacier Helicopter ride, Franz Josef, New Zealand

The glacier On the Franz Josef glacier, New Zealand

Helicopter On the Franz Josef glacier, New Zealand

Helicopter On the Franz Josef glacier, New Zealand

Above the glacier On the Franz Josef glacier, New Zealand

Me On the Franz Josef glacier, New Zealand

Franz Josef glacier Helicopter ride, Franz Josef, New Zealand

Franz Josef glacier Helicopter ride, Franz Josef, New Zealand

Franz Josef glacier Helicopter ride, Franz Josef, New Zealand

Spencer glacier Helicopter ride, Franz Josef, New Zealand

Franz Josef valley towards sea Helicopter ride, Franz Josef, New Zealand

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 1096
Linear Dist: 210859
Countries Visited: 68
Regions Visited: 257
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Hotels: 355
Friends / Family: 288
Camping: 121
Hostels: 248
Transit: 70
Other Lodging: 13
Beers: 3862
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Journal Entry:
Woke up feeling shattered - not enough sleep, and I am getting slammed by a cold. A long bus ride through mountains and along valleys to the west coast - it was beautiful, but I wasn't in a very appreciative mode. As we left Queenstown there wasn't a cloud in the sky. As we crossed the mountains and approached the coast a few white puffy clouds appeared. As we approached the glaciers the clouds descended and everything became very gray. We stopped for ten minutes at Fox glacier - I hope that I'll be able to get back there in the next couple days to at least hike to the face.

In the village of Franz Josef I checked into my hostel and asked about the possibility of a helicopter tour. The receptionist called and there was one leaving in five minutes. So I dumped my stuff and ten minutes later was climbing into a helicopter (a first for me). The helicopter ride (like the stunt plane and hang glider from yesterday) was smoother than I expected. The clouds were to low over the Fox glacier so we explored the Franz Josef glacier, Mt. Cook, and the surrounding peaks, ridges, and glaciers. Landed on the top of the Franz Josef glacier and had ten or twenty minutes to walk around on an absolutely flawless sheet of white. Plenty of sun up there above the clouds. There are some spectacular 100+ foot pinnacles of ice and just surreal frozen landscapes on the glacier. Forty minutes after take off we were landing back in the gloom of Franz Josef. I've now done three completely new forms (to me) of air travel in two days - stunt plane, hang glider, and a helicopter - to bad there isn't hot air ballooning available here.

Spent the rest of the afternoon and the evening doing laundry and sitting by the fire reading. Had an early diner, watched the video "Born on the Fourth of July" and gratefully crawled into to bed.


Related Sites:
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: New Zealand
CIA World Fact Book: New Zealand

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