Alex Knob and Lake Wombat Walk

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3.8 from 5 users.


Glacier Access Road, Franz Josef, South Island.


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Lat: -43.412285 Lng: 170.177306

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started at 6, I was so sure I would have a good view. But clouds rolled in at 7.30. Arrived at 8.20, no view of the glacier anymore. Bad luck. Forecast of and WetterOnline got it completely wrong for that day. Easy track in the dark. Don't also miss the glowworms like I did, which you can see, if you turn off your torch. You do an elevation of more than 1000m, that's exhausting, if you are not used to it. Parking was full, when I came down the track lol.


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We started the hike at 7am and got to the top at 10am. When we stopped at the Christmas lookout we had a good view on the mountains and the glacier but we could already see that the mountain where the track leads to is covered in clouds. We didn't had a view from the top, just fog around us :( other people arrived at the top at 9am and didn't had a view either. The only people who had a view today started the hike at 4am. The time frame to see the glacier is really small.



We made it up in 2 hours but we're fast hikers and wanted to see the view before the clouds rolled in. Left at 6.15am and the clouds rolled in just after 8am. Definitely arrive early to see the view. The walk was pretty easy, track very well maintained. Loved the neinei trees, saw some keas and heard a long tailed cuckoo very close! Wombat lake isn't really worth the small detour.


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