Franz Josef and Fox glaciers - Roadside Stories

A Manatū Taonga audio guide to the Franz Josef and Fox glaciers on the West Coast

Check out the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's audio guide to the Franz Josef and Fox glaciers in the Video tab above.

The Franz Josef and Fox glaciers descend to unusually low altitudes, reaching into rainforest near the sea. In Māori tradition, Franz Josef is Kā Roimata o Hine Hukarere – the tears of Hine Hukarere, a young woman whose lover fell to his death there. Fox Glacier is the resting place of her lover, Tuawe.

Glaciers
Glaciers and glaciation
Fox Glacier, 1872
Franz Josef Glacier: advances and retreats
Johann Franz Julius von Haast
William Fox

Archival audio sourced from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives. Sound files may not be reused without permission from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives (Reference number T6589).

Roadside Stories is a series of audio guides that follow major road trips in New Zealand. The stories cover the places you’ll pass along the way – their people, their history, their cultural and natural significance. For more information about Roadside Stories visit http://www.mch.govt.nz/roadside/

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