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  • National Park Visitors' Center at the small town of Franz Josef, situated just a few km from the terminal face of Franz Josef Glacier. width:640;;height:386
  • Franz Josef town lies at the base of several majestic, rocky snow-tipped mountains. Between them flow Franz Josef Glacier, not visible from town. width:640;;height:400
  • Franz Josef Glacier width:531;;height:480
  • Terminal Face of Franz Josef Glacier. A 30-minute walking trail, situated a few km out of town, leads to this viewpoint. width:640;;height:480
  • Close up of the terminal face, with striking blue ice and icy-cold glacial melt water flowing out from under the glacier. width:640;;height:365
  • This phenomenal blue glows from deep within the glacier mass. width:640;;height:480
  • Murky glacial melt-water flows out from under the glacier, forming a forbidding gray river racing through a masive field of gray rock. width:640;;height:411
  • The gray rocks are strewn with metallic silver and flecks of other mineral content. width:640;;height:433
  • Other rocks are splattered with vibrant red algae and green mosses, brightening up an otherwise solid-gray world with startling color. width:640;;height:480
  • Rocks display all sorts of stunning visual designs - racing white lines, flecks of red, clumps of green moss... width:640;;height:480
  • An exceptionally red-encrusted rock. width:640;;height:480
  • The vast tumble of gray, red and green flecked rocks create an otherworldly valley at the base of Franz Josef Glacier. width:360;;height:480
  • Gushing waterfalls blast down the steep, lushly-forested hillsides and cliffs all along the glacial valley. width:360;;height:480
  • Several waterfalls lie high up the valley walls, racing down sheer walls of rock. width:360;;height:480
  • ...even more gorgeous waterfalls in the glacier valley. width:640;;height:480
  • Panorama of New Zealand's highest mountains, including Mt. Cook and Mt. Tasman, all viewed from placid Lake Matheson. Located a few km outside of Fox Glacier village. width:640;;height:468
  • Mt. Cook & Mt. Tasman. width:640;;height:340
  • The snow-capped peaks seen from fields outside Fox Glacier village. width:640;;height:393
  • Fox Glacier. width:640;;height:326
  • Terminal face of Fox Glacier. width:640;;height:405
  • Midway up Fox Glacier. width:640;;height:480
  • Vibrant blue interior ice glows through cracks and outer edges of the glacier terminal face. width:640;;height:480
  • Close-up of Fox Glacier terminal face, with collapsed ice walls and glacial melt-water flowing out in a rushing gray stream. width:640;;height:480
  • A final look at the glacier's stunning blue interior ice. width:640;;height:480
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