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Day One

We usually meet at our office in Wanaka at 8:30 in the morning when we do a final check of your equipment and answer any last minute questions.  We drive 3 hours to the small village of Fox where we load the helicopter and relocate to Pioneer Hut (2400m) at the head of the Fox Glacier.  Your guide will instruct you on the safety aspects of glacier travel.  The journey from the rain forest of the west coast to the world of massive glaciers is one that you will never forget.

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Day Two

We walk to Grey Peak, which takes us high up onto the very spine of the Southern Alps. Views of Mt Tasman and the eastern glaciers and lakes are a treat while we have lunch. Spectacular is an understatement for this area, with the views over the Tasman Sea, Mount Tasman (second highest peak in New Zealand) and the Tasman Glacier (largest glacier in New Zealand) you will  remember this day forever.

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Day Three

We travel across the glacier to Centennial Hut.  Navigating the crevassed ice fields is an experience you will never forget.  There is one pass to get over with some tricky glacier travel involved.  This is the country’s premier glacier walk, taking two of the country’s finest glaciers.

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Day Four

We will spend another night here at Centennial, so we either have a rest today, or take a day trip up to Graham Saddle for views of the Tasman Valley. Graham Saddle is the watershed for the Franz Joseph and Tasman glaciers providing views from one side of the South Island to the other.

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Day Five

Travel to Aylmer Hut brings us down to the top of the Franz icefall. The lower we get the more broken the ice becomes until it finally it turns into a broken cascade of tumbling ice.  A helicopter rendezvous takes us back to Fox Township.

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