We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Fox Glacier Guiding

Certificate of Excellence
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: State Highway 6, Fox Glacier, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7951, New Zealand
Phone Number:
+64 3-751 0825
07:30 - 19:00
Open now
See all hours
Sun - Sat 07:30 - 19:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

It's our privilege to guide you on the West Coast's largest and less...

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 weare 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. Our informative Glacier Terminal Face walk is suitable for children from 5 yrs or for those who would find the walks onto the glacier too strenuous.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 1,147 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 856
  • 132
    Very good
  • 40
  • 13
  • 11
Absolutely worth it

My first time on a helicopter and glacier walk on the Fox Glacier, was an unforgetable experience with a capital WOW. Our guide Stuart was ever conscious of our safety and eager... read more

Reviewed 5 June 2009
Add Photo Write a Review

1,147 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 1,052: English reviews
Level Contributor
72 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 June 2009

My first time on a helicopter and glacier walk on the Fox Glacier, was an unforgetable experience with a capital WOW. Our guide Stuart was ever conscious of our safety and eager to show us the wonders of what nature is willing to share that day. He gave encouragement for us to keep up so that he can show us... More 

2 Thank dotnah
Reading, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
182 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 April 2009

We decided to sign up for the ice climbing rather than full day hike to try and push our boundaries and try something new! It was one of the best days we have experiemced since arriving in NZ!! Our guide (Richard) was excellent teaching us good technique and maintaining our safety whilst also allowing us to experiment and try harder... More 

1 Thank Moretea
Wakefield, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 April 2009

In March 2009 we went on the Flying Fox tour with Fox Glacier Guides. The tour includes two helicopter rides and a 2.5 hour hike on the ice. After the short bus trip to the helipad we were provided with hiking boots to wear and split into groups for the helicopter ride. The helicopter trip is relatively short, less than... More 

7 Thank KaiserChiefs
Level Contributor
27 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2009

If you want a totally amazing experience, join Fox Glacier Guiding for one of their professionally run trips. On day one I joined the Helihiking trip which completely surprised me in every way. Fox Glacier has many hidden treasures. On day two I joined the Nimble Fox trip which again took me to a different level. Walking with crampons became... More 

Thank Talins
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 9 April 2009

Thanks to the Fox Glacier guides especially Richard we had a great day on the Nimble Fox all day hike on Monday March 30th. We walked through amazing ice tunnels and saw crevasses which we dropped rocks into and heard them drop 5 or so seconds later at the bottom of the cravasse, Richard was a wealth of information and... More 

1 Thank hikerpetemelbourne
United States
Level Contributor
39 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 April 2009

We had made reservations months ahead and took the Alpine Guides/Fox Glacier Guiding half day heli-hike. The glacier was interesting. This tour company was APPALLING! Never have I had a more untrustworthy, unsafe, awful guiding experience in all of our worldwide travels. Do the heli-hike and glacier walks at Franz Josef, as this is the only company that operates at... More 

14 Thank eyesee
Chicago, IL
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 April 2009

My husband and I did a 1/2 day hike at Fox Glacier on Wednesday, March 25th in the morning, and Jerm was our guide. His dedication to his job is obvious, as he is going above and beyond his job duties to keep the path clear not only for us but others coming behind us. He is an ice hacking... More 

1 Thank rdfrans
new york
Level Contributor
5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2009

Had a wonderful time!! We did the Nimble Trot (full day hike). The sights were beautiful and I didn't think the hike was difficult (though we're in decent shape). We had a great guide and everyone was so helpful and knowledgeable. One of the most beautiful sights I have ever seen.

Thank kek167
Level Contributor
67 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2009

I would reccomend the one day hike to any person wishing to see nature at its grandest. The guide was very professional and explained everything asked of. We were very tired after an exhausting day (tip get fit before attempting this day!!!) but it was more than worth it , it is a day i will remeber for the rest... More 

Thank pumpa11
Ottawa, Canada
Level Contributor
8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2009

We did the Nimble Fox Hike, Fox Glacier Guiding's full-day option. Our guide, Paul, was both knowledgeable and friendly. We were a one of several small groups on the glacier that day, all in our borrowed gear (raincoats, pants, fleeces, etc). It had been raining heavily for a few days when we took our trip, this makes the glacier more... More 

2 Thank CanRuntheWorld

Travellers who viewed Fox Glacier Guiding also viewed

Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
Fox Glacier, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
Fox Glacier, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Been to Fox Glacier Guiding? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Fox Glacier Guiding and other visitors
23 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (23)

Questions? Get answers from Fox Glacier Guiding staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Will you pick up and drop off at my hotel?
  • I have a family of 7. Can your tour accommodate all of us together?
  • How should I dress for this tour?