16th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Travel
Climbing Franz Josef Glacier

Franz Josef Glacier, or, as its known in local Māori legends, Kā Roimata ō Hine Hukatere (the frozen tears of Hine Hukatere). From its origins high in the Southern Alps, the Franz Josef Glacier (Kā Roimtata ō Hine Hukatere) descends into the lush native rainforest of Westland's National Park. This descent occurs from a height of 3,000m above sea level to 240m over a distance of 11km, making it one of the steepest glaciers in the country.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 12.2016
Date Uploaded: 06.2018
Photo Location: Franz Josef, New Zealand
Camera: NIKON D5100
Copyright: © Noa Castro Blanco
Photo of the Day: 06.16.18
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