Our two families including 3 adults and 4 college aged adults arranged a hike to the glacier with Mark, an area we would not have seen with out his guidance. We met up early and proceeded under Mark's direction to the parking area. First we forded several streams in our car. Left on our own, we may have stopped at the first stream however Mark had checked out the road and assured us it was fordable. We hiked successfully all the way up hearing the snowfall as we drew closer. It was a spectacular place and we felt honored to witness this beautiful glacier. The wide glacial valley, the birch forest, the streams and waterfalls and the final glacial view, all were stunning.
Mark was a good leader, familiar with the terrain and sensitive to our groups needs stopping for breaks and attending to one who was not feeling well. During our breaks, we asked about the flora and fauna around us. Mark has a great wealth of knowledge about so many aspects of the area and easily shared information on the geological, natural, agricultural, and historical past of New Zealand.
He brought a snack for the mid point of hour hike and after the hike we enjoyed a delicious lunch during which we had interesting conversations about the current state of the world and the climate. He was easy going and it was great fun to share our day with him. Mark is very highly recommended for helpful, informative hikes to some of New Zealand's most beautiful places. Thanks Mark, we hope to come back soon.
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