Haast Pass- Fox Glacier- Franz Josef Overnight Tour
This is a fascinating overnight photography tour of the West Coast area of South Island. Our tour begins in Queenstown, taking us through Crown Range up to the amazing Haast Pass, which is the true gateway to the West Coast. Among the first highlights that we will come across during the journey is the renowned “Bra Fence,” which began as a joke but ended up becoming a local legend.
Along the way, I can show you the best points to take great shots of the amazing New Zealand Landscape. You will have a chance to take shots of a number of awe-inspiring waterfalls such as the Thunder Creek Falls – a breathtaking wonder that cascades 30m down, in a beautiful silver beech forest and many more splendid sights. However, I have to warn you in advance that you are likely to be greeted by sand-flies in some parts of the beautiful and wild West Coast. So ensure you carry plenty of protection against them. The region is also known for crazy amounts of rain so you also need appropriate preparation for such eventualities.
On our adventure tour we will make a brief stop at the wilderness town of Makarora, before taking on the spectacular twists and bends of the Haast Pass. You will then relish in the sheer beauty of dramatic waterfalls and snaking river scenery as you enter the rain forest country. Here you will also have several chances of taking great New Zealand Landscape scenery photos. Haast, once a ministry of works construction camp, is a town with a unique touch of the Wild West.
Adventure Tours in the area can never be complete without a visit to Bruce Bay with outstanding wind swept native bush. Next is the beautiful Lake Paringa, where you can also take great shots of New Zealand Landscape photos. Fox Glacier is about 5km from the township serving it. Its name came from an early New Zealand Prime Minister by the name William Fox. Tucked right into the forested and charming foothills of the Southern Alps, this small and pleasant township is always ideal for Adventure Tours that are geared up for hikes, glacier walks, as well as flights.
This will definitely be one of the most memorable Adventure Tours, since from Haast Pass, we will proceed to Fox Glacier where we can spend some time exploring the splendid Te Wahipounamu; a renowned UNESCO World Heritage area. Here you will also have a chance to take great shots of the amazingly unique New Zealand Landscape in the area, where you can sample and photograph the beautiful scenery of Gillespie’s Beach in the backdrop of the setting sun.
The scenery here offers amazing panoramic views right back onto the towering snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps. Here you will have an opportunity to take great shots of Lake Matheson. Capture a perfect reflection of Mt Tasman and Mt Cook in the clear waters of the lake on a calm morning or evening.
The following day, we will rise early enough to capture the splendid scenery of the area at sunrise. We will then head out to explore the areas around Franz Josef Glacier, as well as the scenic Okarito Lagoon and charming Lake Mapourika. The beautiful scenery around the glaciers makes this itinerary one of the most sought after Adventure Tours by many.