Franz Josef Glacier
Lake Matheson and Fox Glacier
For my day in Fox, I woke up to a blue sky. The weather definitely did this the right way round, as there are two main attractions around Fox village: the glacier and Lake Matheson. The woman at my hostel had said I could do both in one day, though I might want to take a shuttle to one of them. I started with the lake, and it was a perfect day for it. When it's still, Lake Matheson is known for offering a stunning reflection of Mt Cook. Chances are that if you've ever seen a postcard picture of New Zealand, it might very well have been taken here. I wasn't there early enough for the water to be quite still, but it's still a pretty good view.
As I walked back to the village, a Czech woman offered to take me. It turned out she was going to the glacier as well, so I came along with her. This turned out quite perfectly, as I would have ended up walking a lot otherwise (relax, mum, I wasn't hitchhiking, she just offered me a ride!).
Again, I didn't find the glacier that impressive, especially as it is covered in dirt and gravel. Even though you get quite close to it, it really isn't a great view.