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ATV Tour To New Zealand’s Franz Joseph Glacier
Explore New Zealand’s rugged West Coast on unique 1 or 2 seater quad bikes or 3 seater ATV buggies. Enjoy this off-road adventure tour that will take you to the spectacular Franz Joseph Glacier and the snow-capped Southern Alps.
The Maori name for the glacier is Ka Roirnata o Hine Hukatere and means “the tears of Hine Hukatere”. Legend has it that Hone Hukatore loved climbing in the mountains. She persuaded her lover, Tuawa, to go climbing with her. He was an inexperienced climber and was swept to his death by an avalanche. Hine Hukatere was heartbroken and her many tears flowed nonstop down the mountain. The tears froze and became the glacier.
The glacier was discovered by European explorers on 1865 and was named Franz Joseph after the Austrian emperor. Franz Joseph and nearby Fox Glacier are the most publicly accessible glaciers in New Zealand and are among the world’s most accessible glaciers.
Your guide will fit you with wet weather jacket, pants and gumboots. There will be a place for secure storage of your belongings at their base in the village of Franz Joseph, New Zealand. You’ll be instructed in how to ride the off roading vehicles. You can test your skills on the two test tracks. Drivers must be at least 16 years of age but no experience or driver’s license is required.
You’ll zip through a rainforest filled with lush vegetation. Explore scenic trails and get views of grasslands. Go over sand and mud and go across riverbeds and through creeks. The quad bikes and ATVs have great suspension and power steering will make for a smoother and easier ride. Rev up your engine and kick up as much dust as you can.
There will be many photo ops and opportunities for selfies. You’ll get a break half way and your guide will tell you about what you are seeing and some local lore.
You’ll follow ancient glacial pathways carved thousands of years ago by ice and water. It’s thrilling to drive the fun quad bikes through this wild country. You’ll be delighted by what you see around each turn.
And then you’ll see Franz Joseph Glacier! This is one of only a few places in the world where forest and ice meet in such a spectacular way. The view is stunning. And ATVs and quad bikes are the best way to see it all.
This is a fantastic outdoor adventure that will create memories to last a lifetime!
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