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Tasman Glacier

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Tasman Glacier

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Cruising Milford Sound is among New Zealand’s most spectacular activities, but the mountain scenery that lines the coast is just as gorgeous. Experience both on this full-day trip from Queenstown, traveling through the heart of Fiordland National Park, and then cruising all the way to the edge of the Tasman Sea. This excursion includes plenty of sightseeing stops throughout the day, along with a picnic lunch to enjoy onboard the cruise.
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Barbara J wrote a review Jan 2021
Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom2 contributions1 helpful vote
One of the best things I have ever done! Such an incredible sight tinged with a terrible sense of doom as you learn that the glacier is melting at 30cm a day :( If you know anyone who dosent Venice in climate change, pay for them to come on this tour. The proof is right in front of your eyes.
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Date of experience: January 2021
Helen wrote a review Dec 2020
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I was blown away that this glacier exists in NZ and I've never heard of it. I loved being able to get up close to the icebergs and touch them, we even got to see one turning over slightly. The walk was OK, I don't think you would want to try it if you had any serious mobility issues, there is a small reasonably steep slope, which I managed with a tramping stick. The guide was helpful and knowledgeable.
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Date of experience: December 2020
pd7 wrote a review Sep 2020
London, United Kingdom534 contributions270 helpful votes
Amazing location & scenery. We drove along the Tasman Glacier Road & hiked up to see the glacial valley and it was quite exhausting (altitude?). The weather was just so kind and we had amazing views as the sun was setting (in January). The whole area is well worth exploring - either on foot or by car. The day after we took a flight over the mountains & glacier and actually landed on top of a glacier (think it was the Tasman) - which is a definite must do activity. Don't leave Aoraki/Mt Cook without doing some kind of flight!
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Date of experience: January 2020
Ernest Kung wrote a review Aug 2020
Christchurch, New Zealand1,091 contributions129 helpful votes
Actually, there is. It's literally right in front of you. Unless you don't want to believe your eyes anymore. New Zealand's largest glacier, the Tasman Glacier, is shrinking. In 1972, the lake didn't exist. The glacier used to reach all the way to where the viewpoint is today. New Zealand isn't one of the world's biggest polluters. But what happens thousands of kilometres away has an undeniable impact here. The trek up to the viewpoint from the parking lot takes a bit of physical fitness. A number of reviewers have counted the stairway steps. I have it at 329 steps. It can be gruelling, but thankfully there are many places to stop on the way up. The view along the way is extraordinary, especially of the Tasman River valley.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Kathy wrote a review Apr 2020
573 contributions32 helpful votes
We viewed the Tasman Glacier from a viewing area, accessed by a trail called the "Tasman Glacier View", a 20-minute steep incline to the top of a range overlooking the glacier lake and the tip of the glacier. On the way, we passed the Blue Lakes, which were named for their beautiful blue color back in the 1800's when they were fed by turquoise glacial melt from the Tasman Glacier. Today, the Blue Lakes are green because the Tasman Glacier has shrunk and its melt water no longer reaches the Blue Lakes. The warmer rainwater that now feeds the lakes supports algae, which has turned the lakes green. The green Blue Lakes and the shrinking Tasman Glacier were beautiful sites, but also a sad testament to the effects of global warming.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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