After a few days in Christchurch, we boarded the Tranz Alpine Train - one of the world's most unique train journeys. Travelling from Christchurch, up and over the Southern Alps, across farmlands of the Canterbury plains, into the mountains and following the winding Waimakariri River to Greymouth.
We picked up our car and headed along the mountain highway, winding through the forest and following the snow capped peaks, crossing wild icy rivers & deep but scenic gorges. As we neared Franz Joseph Glacier, Mum was surprised at how much the glacier has receded since her last visit some 30 years past, but none the less we were still thrilled to see its beauty and the sheer size of this huge ice bed.
Seeing the Franz Joseph Glacier glacier for the first time, I wanted to experience as much of this beautiful area as possible and the best way to view these majestic glaciers is from the air. Mum was less than thrilled to be going up in a helicopter but I was sure I would somehow convince her to join me.