New Zealand's South Island
New Zealand's most famous glacier is best viewed from a
distance. Plenty of warning signs discourage going closer,
after tourists were injured by falling ice in 2007.
The glacier is now believed to be advancing. It's full size can
only be seen from the air, but helicopters were not flying on
the day of my visit.
There is both power and beauty in glacier ice formations. As
for this particular glacier, retention of the name offered by
an Austrian explorer to honor his Emperor in 1835 seemed
odd and woefully out of date. The Austro-Hungarian Empire
ceased to exist nearly a century ago. So in my video I
propose a far more suitable New Zealand name: The Grand
Kiwi Glacier. Too bad this helpful idea will be ignored.