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Glacier Country - New Zealand

Franz and Fox GlacierFranz Glacier, New Zealand
On the west coast the villages of Franz and Fox Glacier are good bases from which to explore the glaciers.
A range of walks exist provide excellent vantage points for viewing the glacier as well as exploring rainforest environments.

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West Coast
Stretching 600 kilometers along the western edge of the South Islands is the rugged West Coast. A region that plunges west from the Southern Alps through luxurious rainforests to breathtaking coast. The West Coast is home to five of New Zealand's National Parks with not-to-be-missed natural features.

Greymouth is the major town on the West Coast boasting a range of character restaurants café's and bars. For an experience of early West Coast life, visit Shantytown, a replica pioneering and gold mining town. It is also home to the traditional West Coast delicacy - white bait, which is celebrated each year at the various festivals.

On the West Coast, remnants of the ice age cascade from vast snowfields of the Southern Alps to valley floors just 300m above sea level. Nowhere in the world’s temperate zones are glaciers so accessible. A range of companies offer guided excursions to explore the spectacular ice formations. All companies provide professional guides that give full explanations regarding the geological features, flora and fauna of the area. Helicopter and fixed wing aircraft also provide scenic flights and snow landings amidst New Zealand's highest peaks overlooking the glaciers.

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