Franz Josef Glacier – Don’t Forget Your Pac-a-Mac!

When you’re a pair of cool and trendy travellers (that’s what we like to think, anyway!), the last thing you think of packing in your suitcase is waterproof clothing… but there are some places in the world where you just cannot do without!

Mount Kilimanjaro, Iguaçu Falls, and the Amazon Rainforest are all areas where a waterproof poncho or Pac-a-Mac might come in handy, and as we found on our latest trip to New Zealand – Franz Josef Glacier is another!

One of the few Glaciers in the world that you can actually walk right up to, the Franz Josef Glacier is a spectacular sight located in the Westland Tai Poutini National Park on the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island.

Easy to access and suitable for all levels of fitness and ability, this magnificent glacier draws travellers from across the world, but most it seems, were better prepared than us!


With nothing more than jeans, trainers and a light fleece jacket, we made our way to this mighty wall of ice along a pretty but rather wet route that seemed to get wetter by the minute, and by the time we reached the glacier, we were soaked to the bone!

Fortunately, the local Bobbies did not stop us as we drove back to the hotel in little more than our undies…


Great memories of a great holiday in New Zealand… and we couldn’t finish without a photo of sheep!



4 Comments Add yours

  1. sueslaght says:

    Love the sheep! The great thing about travel is there is always something to be learned…even if it be how to stay dry 🙂

    1. Equatours says:

      You are absolutely right Sue! I will always have a poncho in my suitcase from now on 😉

  2. Beautiful part of the world, was climbing on it last year…need to get back!

    1. Equatours says:

      I need to get back too Baz! Love the South Island 😉

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