The West Coast of New Zealand is one of the most rugged and wildest part of the country. It is famous for the Franz Jozef and Fox glaciers and the Pancake Rocks. Inland from the coast, there are many scenic walks to turquoise and emerald coloured rivers. Be sure to pack plenty of insect repellant to protect against sandflies.
Franz Jozef and Fox Glaciers
These are New Zealand’s most famous glaciers and are reachable by road inland from the coast. You used to be able to walk on both glaciers, but both are now unstable due to the severe retreat caused by global warming. Now you must take a helicopter ride to get a close-up view.
Near the village of Punakaiki, you will find an unusual rock formation with blowholes by the sea. Known as the “Pancake” rocks, they are made of limestone and are thought to be around 22-30 million years old.
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