This morning I arrived in my next destination – Fox Glacier. Similar to Franz Josef, it’s both the name of the town and glacier here.
Although only a 30 minute bus ride, it feels like a world away! Granted I haven’t seen much, but it’s a teeny town surrounded by farm land, while Franz Josef was more rainforest and wooded.
The road to the glacier was actually closed today due to falling rocks, so I headed to Lake Matheson instead. It was actually a lake I wanted to see anyway, so it worked out perfectly.
Lake Matheson is New Zealand’s most photographed lake and is known for its reflective waters. The Southern Alps (specifically Mount Tasman and Mount Cook) tower in the background and on a clear, calm day, you’re supposed to get a mirror image.
The lake is 6km (a little over 3 miles) from town, but the walk was gorgeous! Yesterday was the first day of summer, so it’s starting to get warm. The sun was shining, the grass is green as ever and you’re surrounded by the Alps.
Dawn and dusk are supposed to be the best times to go – few clouds and less wind. Even a small breeze makes ripples in the water, which can affect the reflection. I was there about 11am, but still got great views!
The main view spot is called “Reflection Island,” which is supposed to give the idyllic image. Turned out pretty nice!