Welcome to Westland Tai Poutini National Park
The glaciers are the most majestic handiwork of the West Coast's ample precipitation. Snowfall in the glaciers’ broad accumulation zones fuses into clear ice at 20m depth, and then creeps down the steep valleys. Nowhere else at this latitude do glaciers descend so close to the ocean.
But the glaciers are as fragile as they are amazing to behold. Rising temperatures have beaten the glaciers into retreat, reducing opportunities to view them on foot and clanging a death knell for their long-term future if climate change continues unchecked.