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Fox Glacier Hiking Trails

Fox Glacier, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand
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“car park” (30 reviews)
“franz josef” (29 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 30 reviews
"franz josef"
in 29 reviews
"valley walk"
in 13 reviews
"great hike"
in 8 reviews
"steep climb"
in 10 reviews
"valley floor"
in 4 reviews
"viewing platform"
in 8 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
"helicopter ride"
in 9 reviews
"bad weather"
in 4 reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Although it is stated to be a quicker walk to Fox vs Franz and you do get slightly closer, the walk is definitely not easier. There are several quiet steep parts on the current iteration of the trail to the view point. Keep up to...More

Thank Michael W
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Perhaps other reviewers have also compared these two very beautiful national parks, since they are not very far from each other and they are similar in some ways, not only because they feature glaciers. Some of the tourist companies offer guided tours, although my wife...More

Thank Mark G
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The hike in was great, The weather held off and we really enjoyed the walk. The last 400 metres is really UPHILL and will test your resolve to reach the viewing area but we all made it You cannot get really close to the Glacier...More

Thank Robert Charles I
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Reviewed 10 July 2018 via mobile

Good walk today - did not get wet at the river crossings. Found a multi coloured beanie at the viewing area around 1pm. Have brought it done and left it on a high traffic cone at the start of the walk next to the carpark.

Thank MelbSur
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Reviewed 5 July 2018 via mobile

The walk up to Fox Glacier is much shorter than Franz Josef, but it is a much steeper walk. The scenery on the lead up to the glacier is mainly rocks, and the path is extremely rocky and steep in some bits. Make sure you...More

Thank phoebew599
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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

1  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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juliebarrett1964
17 December 2017|
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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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