A Charmed Life (Climbing New Zealand’s South Island)

Baz - Bonar Glacier

I’m heading to the west coast of New Zealand’s South Island today for another week of climbing in the mountains.

 We will drive from Wanaka over the Haast Pass to Fox where we will helicopter into Centennial Hut on the Franz Joseph Glacier. Our alternative will be Pioneer Hut on the Fox Glacier

I spent a week last September climbing this region using Pioneer Hut as a base, and all I can say is the scenery is spectacular.

Sunset from Pioneer Hut
Sunset from Pioneer Hut

You can sit on the balcony of the hut at 2,000 metres and watch the sun slowly set over the Tasman Sea.

How good is that!

And the weather looks okay for the next few days at least!

Climbing Mt Bevan - Baz
Climbing Mt Bevan – Baz

19 thoughts on “A Charmed Life (Climbing New Zealand’s South Island)

  1. charlie January 20, 2013 / 7:26 am

    i envy you i was there when i was younger and lived and breathed the place what a wonderful country, have a wicked time and stay safe 🙂


    • Baz - The Landy January 23, 2013 / 1:28 pm

      Thankyou, had a great time, and yes – safety first and above all else!


  2. tlsylvan January 18, 2013 / 10:04 am

    Have fun! Those are some breathtaking views!


    • Baz - The Landy January 23, 2013 / 1:29 pm

      Stunning views…and yes, had a great time, thank you!


  3. sweetlybalanced January 17, 2013 / 10:25 pm

    You’re pictures are always ridiculous!!!! I love them and need to go there! 🙂


    • Baz - The Landy January 23, 2013 / 1:30 pm

      And don’t I like going to some lengths to get them! Trust all is well for you…!


  4. sarahsdoodles January 17, 2013 / 1:10 pm

    What kind of camera do you use? You’re pictures look so crisp! Have fun on your trek to the top!


    • Baz - The Landy January 23, 2013 / 1:33 pm

      Hey Sarah, all Nikon Cameras, mostly Coolpix on the mountains as size and weight is a big consideration…otherwise a Nikon D50…cheers, Baz


  5. The Guat January 17, 2013 / 7:25 am

    I love Sunset on Pioneer Hut. Very awesome shot.


    • Baz - The Landy January 23, 2013 / 1:35 pm

      Has similar sunsets from Centennial Hut, which isn’t far as ‘the crow flies’ from Pioneer Hut, on Franz Joseph Glacier this past week…cheers, Baz


  6. icescreammama January 17, 2013 / 5:36 am

    GorGeous! Hope the weather is as beautiful as your pictures!


    • Baz - The Landy January 23, 2013 / 1:37 pm

      Let’s get this out of the way first, just back from another week of climbing and I’ve had two ice creams already…phew.

      The weather was good except for one day, and we did leave one day early then planned as weather was about to change (good choice, because it has!)…

      And New Zealand is such a photogenic place! Went to some lengths to get some great ones this last week!

      Cheers, Baz


      • icescreammama January 23, 2013 / 11:04 pm

        looking forward to the new pix! the last ones were AMAZING! Hope you had the best best time!! and you missed my cranky without ice cream week! i’m back in business baby. got my coffee and my (ice) cream and i’m ready to go! 🙂


  7. Cowboys and Crossbones January 17, 2013 / 5:33 am

    Safe travels and good luck! Shout a big YEEHAW for me when you reach the tip top.


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