Something else we got to see on the west side of the island were the glaciers - Fox and Franz Josef. There are a number of glaciers coming off the Southern Alps, but these 2 are themost accessible to tourists. We didn't walk on them, as we didn't pay for an official tour, but we got close enough to see and appreciate them. It wasn't nearly as cold on the glaciers as it was in the south at M
ilford Sound, but we were well prepared. There was a glacier center in the village at Franz Josef glacier which had an ice wall which you
could climb up. I was looking forward to trying it, but then found the center was closed for the winter. This seemed strange to me, but most of NZ's tourism occurs in their summer and not the winter.
There is lots more pics I could show so look on the slideshow on the side for more pics in the next few days.