The rainforest & the glacier
Posted on January 23, 2014
Franz Josef Glacier, South Island, New Zealand: One of the thousands of things surprising about New Zealand is the diversity of climates bumped up against each other. Franz Josef Glacier was one of those places: a tropical rainforest coexisting with a polar glacier. We stayed in a campground brimming with palm trees and traditional kiwi ferns overhead, and then hiked over to the glacier with bright blue icicles piercing the surface. The rain poured down on us (again), but that was ok since we got to see even more waterfalls.