Franz Josef (the town) was just what I'd expected - cool and laid back in an alpine resort-ish down under-cool kind of way. We also found that we had finally made it far enough south to find Speight's!
Happy Hour after a long drive.
We hiked through sweltering rainforest to reach the glacier. True story.
Finally out of the canopy and into the Waiho River floodplain.
Richard, our guide
Crevasse and blue ice
all photos, ours