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Get­ting there:

Air New Zealand has di­rect flights from Auck­land to Buenos Aires. In­ter­nal flights are available with Aero­lin­eas Ar­genti­nas from Buenos Aires to El Calafate. See airnz.co.nz. For those up for a long bus ride, nu­mer­ous com­pa­nies make the 36-hour jour­ney from Buenos Aires to Rio Gal­le­gos with on­ward con­nec­tion to El Calafate.

Walk­ing on ice:

Hielo y Aven­tura runs two treks on Per­ito Moreno Glacier be­tween September and April. It’s Mini Trekking op­tion ($215) spends 1.5 hours on the ice and rec­om­mends a mod­er­ate level of fit­ness. Big Ice ($350) takes groups to the cen­tre of the glacier with a high level of fit­ness rec­om­mended. For more in­for­ma­tion visit hieloy­aven­tura.com

El Calafate is geared for vis­i­tors to Per­ito Moreno Glacier. Ac­com­mo­da­tion ranges from 5-star luxury to back­packer digs.

Stay­ing there:

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