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Fox Glacier Hiking Trails

Fox Glacier, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand
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“car park” (29 reviews)
“franz josef” (27 reviews)
“valley walk” (13 reviews)
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Fox Glacier, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand
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"car park"
in 29 reviews
"franz josef"
in 27 reviews
"valley walk"
in 13 reviews
"steep climb"
in 10 reviews
"great hike"
in 8 reviews
"viewing platform"
in 9 reviews
"valley floor"
in 4 reviews
"terminal face"
in 11 reviews
"guided tour"
in 10 reviews
"well worth the effort"
in 5 reviews
"stepping stones"
in 4 reviews
"rock falls"
in 4 reviews
"nice walk"
in 8 reviews
"hour hike"
in 4 reviews
"stunning views"
in 5 reviews
"new zealand"
in 10 reviews
"helicopter ride"
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Reviewed 18 April 2018

Although it was great to see Fox Glacier on this walk, be aware that you cant get very close and you can only see the face of the glacier. I enjoyed the whole valley walk as much as seeing the glacier so to me the...More

1  Thank Allgoodthyngs
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Reviewed 18 April 2018

Amazing scenery on the hike. It's labelled as easy 1 hour return, but it's not. Most is uneven rocky ground up and down steep hills. The last leg of the hike is a really steep hill. Finally get the end that is barricaded off but...More

Thank Kath M
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Reviewed 31 March 2018

March 2018. Access road on North side of valley closed (storm damage). Some tracts closed too, so no chance of getting anywhere near the glacier or even a view of it. Access road on south side of valley still open, but doesn't get you anywhere...More

Thank Dean A
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Reviewed 16 March 2018

It is not possible to walk to view the clicker on the northern access road. Views are still possible from the southern access and viewing area near Lake Matheson.

2  Thank Paradimn
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Reviewed 1 March 2018

The main road for this hike was closed when we were there. They had also had Cyclone Gita a few days earlier and access to the riverbed was closed. It was still worth the walk to see what you could see but you were't able...More

Thank Kim W
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Reviewed 8 February 2018

The Fox Glacier is a wonder in itself, but you will get a much better view on foot. Remember to take some water and something with a little energy kick, like chocolate. And take care, the weather can change very quickly.

1  Thank Annette Y
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Reviewed 28 January 2018

We took the valley walk on a sunny day. Bring plenty of drinking water and wear a hat. Wear good hiking shoes as there are lots of loose gravel. The final ascent to the view point has a fairly steep gradient, but not too difficult...More

2  Thank PaulSiow
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Reviewed 21 January 2018 via mobile

Fox Glacier is an interesting little rocky walk. As it gets towards the end - meaning you are within 450m of the glacier -the walk goes uphill a bit. Be prepared, wear good walking or sport shoes, not thongs, high heels or sandals... like what...More

2  Thank Ian-Down-Under
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Reviewed 19 January 2018 via mobile

Make sure it’s not raining and put on good. Shoes. The view is nice and the glacier river is wild and beautiful!!

Thank mentaltheo
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Reviewed 5 January 2018

We did the walk to the glacier - approx 1 hour return from car park. Great views along the valley floor of the stream, waterfalls and valley walls. There is a reasonably steep section at the end of the walk but manageable with kids.

2  Thank Mewett_Family
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juliebarrett1964
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Response from Scott B | Reviewed this property |
At 260 pounds and 66 years old, I am the perfect person to respond to your question. Leave the crampons in the car. The trails, as are all the trails we walked throughout New Zealand, are excellent. The walk up to the... More
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