Fox Glaciers – New Zealand
There are plenty famous glaciers in south of New Zealand. One of them is Fox Glaciers. You can visit this place by foot or by helicopter (which may cost you more than one hundred dollar per person). Or if you decide to go there by foot, you also have two choices : with guide or by your self.
If you decide to go by foot by your self you need to be cautious. There are several warnings being displayed on side of the road that heading to the glaciers. One of them is to do not try cross the river during heavy rain, because the water level could rise very rapid and dangerous.
Other important warning deserved to be followed is wearing a sturdy shoes,whether you are accompanied by the guides or not. It is because to reach glaciers you have to walk along the river bed which is dry most of the time. But the terrains are very raft. There are plenty of stones in all sizes every where. You could hurt your feet if just wearing office shoes or sandals.
If you are going without the guides the closest point you can enjoy the glaciers is about 500 meters from the lowest part of the object. There are some barriers that prohibit any person to go further beyond that point because the risk is very high. If you want to see closely,you better bring the camera that has at least zooming features.
Visitor who hire the guides are brought to the glaciers. They can make a direct contact with the ice.The guides will lead them through different path on the river bed,separated from the main path,go up to the mountain. And while leading the group, the guides will watch every step a head and make sure their followers are safe.