197 - 5th August 2006 - Lake Matheson, Fox Glacier


Not a bad view to wake up to


The Southern Alps


The path to Lake Matheson


Goes through the woods


There's the lake


and this is the reward for the 20 minute walk


Ducks on the water


One of those peaks is Mount Cook, but I'm not sure which


Chris and Pip at Lake Matheson


Pip at Lake Matheson


Boardwalk


The 'View of Views' - Technically out of bounds, but no one was looking


Lake Matheson


More Lake Matheson


Ducks again


Chris at Lake Matheson


Perfect mirror lake


Ducks disturb the mountains reflections


The tannin coloured river


Near the Fox Glacier


It's tough to describe just how huge these cliffs are


The Fox Glacier - About 20km from the Franz Josef


Geology in progress - This huge boulder has rolled down the hill and torn all the trees out of the ground


The terminal of the Fox Glacier


the terminal of the glacier


you can see how the ice is moving over the rocks here, at the moment it is advancing but less than 10 years ago it was retreating


it used to cover the whole of this valley, in about 1750


this is where the glacier is feeding the river, they are all melting


into this. You can tell why they chose to film Lord of the Rings here in New Zealand


it's so mucky because of all the rocks underneath and it's moving quite a lot


Chris by the terminal of the Fox Glacier


both of us


the moon was out as well


the glacier is moving about 1m every 24hours


to get to the terminal the path crossed a couple of streams, so we were balancing on the rocks to get across


quite dramatic scenery


Lake wanaka


Lake Hawae


Lake Hawae again, we thought it was mist, but there were about a dozen forest fires just around the corner