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Mt Cook or Glaciers (Fox and Franz)

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Mt Cook or Glaciers (Fox and Franz)


We (family of 4 which includes 2 kids aged 4 /8 yrs) are planning for 7 days self drive trip of the South Island.

From the foroum I see that Milford is highly recommended and not to be missed...which leaves us to pick between Mt Cook or the Glaciers Fox/Franz (to avoid backtracking --> which adds to driving time but more importantly will be tiring for the kids)

Which one would you recommend ?

We are looking for a family scenic holiday, and plan to have a heli ride with a snowlanding (either ways)

We fly in to Queenstown and exit via Christchurch (all flight bookings are done and cannot be changed)


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1. Re: Mt Cook or Glaciers (Fox and Franz)

Totaly un biased of course but here are a few sound reasons why to take the West Coast Drive

* The franz and Fox Glaciers are the only Glaciers in the world to decend down and into a Temerate rain forest

* The drive from Haast to Hokitika holds 'World heritage' Status

* Hokitika Shops for greenstone, Glass blowing, Gold jewlerey are uniquie

* The drive over Arthur's Pass has dramatic scenery particularily through the Otira Gorge.

thats just a start, wait till you get to Franz Joseph village, there is a lot of activities available there too and an excellent range of accomodation.

the east coast via Lindis pass , tekapo is barren by comparison

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2. Re: Mt Cook or Glaciers (Fox and Franz)

I love the drive Tekapo to Wanaka - or Queenstown, if you insist ;)

The landscape through the Lindis Pass is gorgeous and far from barren, in my view, and this shorter route is my preferred drive.

I do sometimes tire of the bush when driving down the West Coast. My favourite section of that road is Haast to Wanaka with its dramatically changing landscapes.

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3. Re: Mt Cook or Glaciers (Fox and Franz)

I've driven both many times, and I personally much prefer the West Coast route, but it is longer, and there's lots to do see/do along the way, so time could well be the deciding factor.

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4. Re: Mt Cook or Glaciers (Fox and Franz)

Hello, since you are at queenstown, would recommend Milford sound. There are many tour operators that provide coach and cruise from queenstown. This is a full day trip becos of the traveling. If you intend to drive to Milford sound then you should spend a night at te Anau . A 2 hr drive from here to Milford sound is required. There are also coach and cruise option from te Anau as well. The closer you are to Milford the cheaper it gets . Since you are traveling with children I don't think you will be climbing the glacier but just the heli rides. Both mt cook and glacier country had heli rides. For family wise I suggest mount cook. You can stay a night or 2 at mount cook village. But do make your reservations ESP in summer. Mt cook follows the route that leads back to Christchurch . Unless you intend to visit the west coast then glacier country can be your consideration.

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