West Coast, Glaciers and Mount Cook

The land that time remembered

Rocks like pancakes and blowholes at Punakaiki. Timeless glaciers and primeval forests at Fox and Franz Josef. Mirror reflections of Aoraki/Mount Cook in Lake Matheson. New Zealand’s West Coast offer you a 600 km parade of the spectacular.

Travel along the slender ribbon of New Zealand’s West Coast and you could well pass through a world of different environments in a single day. But you won’t. You’ll want to take longer than a day. You’ll find yourself making endless stops for viewing, as the mountains reveal dramatic valleys, towering snow-capped peaks and landscapes stretching far off towards the blue horizon. You’ll loiter in untouched national parks – there are five to choose from – and run barefoot along deserted beaches. You’ll explore glaciers and rainforests, caves and tranquil rivers. And, along the way, you’ll discover fine food, local arts and crafts, fascinating museums and historic architecture.

So let your luxury, tailor-made holiday to New Zealand take you to Punakaiki where the rocks have been shaped by nature into thin pancakes, and where blowholes hint at hidden forces. Travel to the charmingly typical towns of Fox and Franz Josef; the gateways to the mightily impressive Franz Josef Glacier – an awe-inspiring sight surrounded by primeval rainforest. Then make sure your camera battery is fully charged; at Lake Matheson you’ll be able to capture mirror images of Aoraki/MountCook reflected in the crystal water. Or take scenic flights and heli-hikes over the mountain itself.

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    JK, India, 2014