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Fox Glacier

• Known as Te Moeka o Tuawe by the local Maori population
• Named after NZ Prime Minister Sir William Fox
• Extends to altitude of 2,600 metres
• 13 km long
• Downward flow of ice at speeds of 1 to 4 metres per day
• 250,000 visitors annually
• Only 10,000 years ago, the glacier extended to the sea!

It was great fun to clamber over with the crampon ice shoes and picks. The whole time the glacier creaks and groans as if it were alive. Occasionally a piece of ice will break off from the face and create a thunderous sound echoing down the valley. Incredible place!

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Additional Photos by Matthew Watt (Matthew-Watt) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 973 W: 326 N: 1501] (5934)
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