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Fox Glacier Guiding

Fox Glacier, New Zealand
About Fox Glacier Guiding
It's our privilege to guide you on the West Coast's largest and less crowded glacier. It is one of New Zealand's truly natural wonders. Whether you are walking, heli-hiking or ice-climbing with us in this incredible environment, we can promise you a memory you'll cherish. We have a long guiding history on the glacier (guided walks first started in 1928). Those years of accumulated knowledge and experience mean we are able to guide you with complete confidence. You can rest assured we take your safety and comfort very seriously. Come and enjoy our friendly West Coast hospitality, experience the mighty Fox Glacier with us and create a lifetime memory. We have glacier trips suitable for most fitness levels and ages including children from 9 yrs.
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On a helicopter tour you can get a close-up look at the Fox Glacier and go beyond what you can see on a simple walking tour. Be amazed by the spectacular views of the mountain, glacier, and ice falls, before landing and hiking through the hard-to-reach terrain. All necessary ice-hiking equipment will be provided, including sturdy leather boots, so you don't need to worry about safety or comfort.
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Nathalie wrote a review 1 Jun
Nyaung U, Myanmar4 contributions
I did the ice climbing with fox glacier guiding and what an amazing incredible experience!!!! 100% the coolest thing I've done in NZ. Lucas was an amazing and experienced guide and even though we all never did Ice climbing before we felt super safe. He clearly is very passionate about his job. We were in a small group of 3 and had a mix between climbing and exploring the glacier. Even the other staff of fox glacier guiding was super nice to me. Kathy the woman that does the bookings was super friendly and made sure that even as a solo person I could come on a trip. Sarah the other guide was clearly super passionate about her work too and talked and explained a lot too us, even though she was not even our guide. Thanks so much guys!
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Date of experience: June 2021
Rondy99 wrote a review Apr 2021
Marciac, France53 contributions13 helpful votes
Nothing compares. It is truly the best value best tourist attraction that we have done as a family. The safety brief was pitched perfectly and honest. The borrowed kit was high quality - the boots were so comfortable they felt like my own. We had perfect weather conditions. After a quick 5 min helicopter trip to the glacier, put your crampons on and follow your guide ( in our case stretch). Simply spectacular. This was not ‘moderate exercise’ it was easy slow paced stopping all the time to view the extraordinary sights (we walked 1200m in @2 hrs on the ice). Our guide even built (well pick axed) stairs for us. Safety was paramount but we entered ice caves of various sizes and just had fun looking feeling and seeing a glacier first hand. Go ASAP - it’s melting faster than I imagined
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Date of experience: March 2021
Response from FoxGlacierGuiding, Sales and Marketing at Fox Glacier Guiding
Responded 28 Apr 2021
Thank you Rondy99 for your amazing review! We are super glad to read that you and your family rate your experience as "the best value tourist attraction that you have done as a family". We are happy to have been a part of making special family memories for life! Great to also read that you appreciated the gear and our safety practices, we do pride ourselves on taking your safety and comfort very seriously. Thank you for choosing us for your family adventure! Stay safe The Fox Glacier Guiding team
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Bmiz wrote a review Apr 2021
Christchurch, New Zealand155 contributions51 helpful votes
Highly recommended trip. Everything extremely well organised, with superb short helicopter flight up to the glacier. A group of keas greeted us on the glacier which was cool. We then fitted crampons and then Jenna took us exploring. We found us some great spots to look at including a cave we could go in. This isn't difficult, so everyone of reasonable fitness will cope. Fantastic scenery and one of those bucket list experiences. Recommend staying for at least 2 (ideally 3) nights in Fox to ensure you don't miss as they do have to cancel 30% of the trips due to weather. We had a magical morning with brilliant clear conditions. Good restaurants in town and lots of walks to do, so staying 5 days would be easy to do. Just do it now before the international tourists return, which hopefully will be soon as this whole town is struggling big time with very low tourist numbers.
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Date of experience: April 2021
emilie2205 wrote a review Apr 2021
Christchurch, New Zealand18 contributions4 helpful votes
We did the half day helihike experience and would do it again and highly recommend! Really cool experience with knowledgable, friendly staff and guides, who are keen to help you get the most from your experience. Really pleased we did it and would say it’s well worth a stop!
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Date of experience: April 2021
Highlander65 wrote a review Apr 2021
Twizel, New Zealand148 contributions54 helpful votes
Waited for some good weather and had an awesome morning mucking about on the glacier, breifing was good, not too much blah blah, our guide Stretch clear with his instructions and a wee bit of humour. There was just 4 of us and we poked around the ice formations being told about how they were formed and hunting out a good size "blue" cave for the photo opportunity. Gang of cheeky Kea's followed us about the whole time. We were back at the depot at 2pm. Wait for some good weather and give this a go before the crowds return, a bucket list experience made magic by the solitude on the ice and undevided attention of an excellent guide. Thoroughly recommended.
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Date of experience: April 2021