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Experienced mountaineers say they are shocked at the extent of the melt.
Graeme Kates, who has lived at Arthur's Pass for 25 years, said reports were coming in from climbers and mountaineers showing widespread melting.
''We have seen some big melt-back in this national park in the last few years.
''This summer seems to be particularly bad due to the warm and wet [weather],'' Mr Kates said.
He released pictures of the Whitehorn ice field, which is part of the Three Passes route - a classic four-day tramp from Arthur's Pass National Park to Lake Kaniere.
The ice field is normally marked by a continuous ice sheet from near Harman Pass to Whitehorn Pass.
Other ice features to diminish with accelerated melt this year include the Rolleston Glacier (Mt Philistine), Goldney Glacier (Mt Rolleston), and ice fields on both the Otira face of Mt Rolleston and also Mt Harper.
He said other major glaciers in the park were showing signs of considerable moraine wall collapse on to their surfaces from the ice receding and destabilising the surrounding landscape.
''Trampers and climbers should be extremely careful and vigilant when traversing ice fields and glaciers for collapsing ice-bridges and the substantial amount of unstable rock now exposed as they all recede.''
West Coast Alpine Club vice-president Jason Blair said summer 2017-18 had been ''quite alarming'', but this past summer was a ''whole new level''.
Rainfall had whittled down the glaciers.
A side effect of the melt was that as the ice retreated, it was leaving behind treacherous terrain for trampers and climbers, he said.
West Coast Regional councillor Peter Ewen, a keen tramper, said well-above-average temperatures had resulted in continued significant ice loss along the central Southern Alps.
''One example that many West Coast residents will be familiar with is the rapid down-wasting of the glacier and snowfields on the eastern slopes of Mt Harper at the head of the Waimakariri River, as seen from the Bealey Bridge.
''The small glacier below the summit - only 0.27 of a square kilometre in area in 1986 - and two reasonably sized snowfields on the upper slopes have been viewed and photographed by generations from the first day since the road across Arthur's Pass was constructed.
''These now are little more than snow patches. The snowfield in a high valley off the mountain has disappeared completely.''
Photographs from the 1900s show a continuous snow and ice field below the peak during summer, but today little of that remained, Mr Ewen said.
''The melt-back has been dramatic,'' he said.
''It is a similar story with the small Goldney Glacier below the low peak of Mt Rolleston, as seen opposite the Temple Basin skifield car park. A few more hot summers and it may be gone completely.''