The majestic mountain spine along New Zealand’s South Island is also known as “The Southern Alps”; the Maori Ngai Tahu name for these mountains is “ka tiritiri o te moana”. For many locations on the South Island, you can’t avoid or ignore the sight of looming towers of rock and snow.
Between visits to the Franz Josef Glacier and Fox Glacier, I had been contemplating whether or not I should have a look from above. It would be so good, so beautiful, but it seemed costly by comparison to other expenses.
What to do, what to do … it sounds stupid writing it out now, but a unique opportunity had presented itself, and I knew I’d have deep regrets if I didn’t take it.
I bit the proverbial bullet and hopped onto a plane with Air Safaris for a 50-minute “The Grand Traverse” tour including aerial views of various glaciers, Mount Tasman, and Aoraki / Mount Cook. The tour began and ended at the Franz Josef Aerodrome landing strip, shown as an airplane symbol in the map below. The red line traces the approximate (counterclockwise) flight path for The Grand Traverse.
The remaining symbols/pins refer to my other visits:
• The slow approach to Franz Josef Glacier : green path marked by pins A and B in the map above.
• The slow forest walk to Fox Glacier : green path marked by pins C and D in the map above.
• Lake Matheson and the southern Alps at sunset : marked by pin M in the map above.
I made the photos above on 21 July 2012; the NZ Topographic Map has been very helpful in identifying a number of geographic features. This post is published originally on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com.
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