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A Day in the Life of a Skydiver 19 Sep 2016
I catch up with local Skydiver Henry Morgan & talk about jumping out of planes for a living… Where do you work: “Skydive Franz.  Our office is on the main street Franz Josef, and the Drop zone is 7 kms out of town at the airport.” How long have you been working there & how did you get the role of Drop zone Safety Officer?:  “I’ve been working for Skydive Franz since the company first opened six years ago.  I first started by packing shoots for them, then I went to skydive school...Read more...
10 Most Popular Restaurants in Glacier Country NZ 28 Aug 2016
 The Alice May Restaurant & Bar in Franz Josef Glacier The Blue Ice Cafe in Franz Josef Glacier King Tiger Eastern Eating House & Bar in Franz Josef Glacier   Snake Bite Brewery, Franz Josef Glacier offers amazing meals and local craft beers on tap.       The Speights Landing Bar & Restaurant Franz Josef Glacier   Lake Matheson Cafe Fox Glacier   The Last Kitchen, Fox Glacier   The Cook Saddle Cafe & Saloon, Fox Glacier   The Hobnail Cafe, Fox Glacier   The...Read more...
Carve Your Own at Te Koha Gallery Franz Josef 28 Aug 2016
Where do you work?  “Te Koha Gallery, Main Rd SH6, Franz Josef Glacier.” What goes on there?  “At Te Koha we have a  wide selection of Jade, Bone and Wood carving on display for purchase, sourced from master carvers all up the West Coast, many with own cabinets in the gallery. We also have a ‘Carve Your Own’ studio– where anyone can come in and carve their own necklace out of their choice of stone, design and shape.  We pride ourselves on providing 100% NZ Nephrite Jade, and...Read more...
Ten Must-Do Winter Activities in Glacier Country NZ 01 Aug 2016
  Here in Glacier Country, Winter is a special time for us.  It’s quieter, but by no means less beautiful. In fact, the weather is more stable for longer periods of time; there are often no clouds hanging around the mountains; resulting in clear, blue skies and perfect photo-capturing mountain views. Below are some of our favourite activities we can recommend for this time of year.   Visit the West Coast Wildlife Centre and see the new season’s Kiwi chicks with the VIP Backstage Tour,...Read more...
Kiwi Dog Saving a Species in Franz Josef Glacier 16 Jun 2016
I talk to Iain Graham about his dog Rein, saving a species and the unconventional combination of dogs & kiwis. Where do you work?:  “I have a great balance of 60/40 in the field and office.  The ‘office’ is our new DOC building in Franz Josef Glacier, and the ‘field’ is both Okarito Sanctuary – 12,000 hectares, and the only place the Rowi kiwi is found; and Motuara Island – a 90 hectare predator-free island in the Marlborough Sounds, where we spend about one week per...Read more...
Endangered Kiwi’s Population Slowly Increases 07 Jun 2016
Dusty, NZ’s most endangered kiwi,  featured on the cover of last month’s edition of New Zealand Geographic. The rowi kiwi, found only in the forest near Okarito, South Westland, is the most endangered of the five kiwi species, with only  450 approx left.  The article provides a great insight into the life of a rowi,  and the expanse that amazing people will go to keep these little guys alive.  The team at Department of Conservation, in combination with the West Coast Wildlife Centre,...Read more...

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