Franz Josef Glacier / by Mark Nunneley

Westland National Park joins a few other parks to for a sweeping area of over 5 million acres including some of the best examples of plants and animals on the planet. It's a place of extremes including precipitation at the top of Westland of over 300 inches of snow per year that feeds Westland's glaciers. There are more than 60 glaciers here but the most famous are Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Glacier. Next to the glaciers is Mt Cook which is New Zealand's tallest mountain at 12,316 feet. We took a helicopter to the top of Mt Cook and then around both Glaciers. We actually landed on the surface of Fox Glacier and got to walk around and take pics.

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