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Fox Glacier Guiding

State Highway 6, Fox Glacier, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7951, New Zealand
+64 3-751 0825
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Splendid experience, well recommended

We had previously walked on the public path to the terminal face of Fox Glacier, but wanted to go... read more

Reviewed 31 December 2011
Ross Y
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Christchurch, New Zealand
Lovely view, worth the walk

We went on the walk to Fox Glacier, ourselves as the guides. Nice pleasant walk, with the end... read more

Reviewed 29 December 2011
Julie M
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Adelaide, Australia
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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.
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“full day hike” (26 reviews)
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Hours Today: 7:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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State Highway 6, Fox Glacier, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7951, New Zealand
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+64 3-751 0825
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Reviewed 31 December 2011

We had previously walked on the public path to the terminal face of Fox Glacier, but wanted to go back and see the ice close-up. We weren't disappointed. The guiding service provides what you need - boots and crampons, waterproofs, transport to and from the...More

1  Thank Ross Y
Reviewed 29 December 2011

We went on the walk to Fox Glacier, ourselves as the guides. Nice pleasant walk, with the end result a good view of Fox Glacier. We chose not to climb the Glacier, or helicopter land, as it is very expensive. But you can get some...More

Thank Julie M
Reviewed 29 December 2011

We didn't use the guiding service but walked to the face of the glacier ourselves. You can't go onto it without a guide, but it is will an absolutely stirring sight, with so many colours in the ice.

Thank Matthew L
Reviewed 26 December 2011

Very good guiding provided by our professional guide Cole. Dedicated and professional. He has loads of knowledge and he always look out for interesting pitstops and new routes to add on to the excitement. The ice cave is something all of us thoroughly enjoyed. Will...More

Thank Jollyshandy
Reviewed 23 December 2011

Unfortunately, the weather was really bad on the day we've booked our heli-hike trip. They made us wait until 15 minutes prior the scheduled departure time and refunded the fee because we couldn't re-schedule the trip to another date. So, we had breakfast at the...More

Thank Infernanda
Reviewed 21 December 2011

I did the half-day glacier hike. The whole operation was really well organised, and we were quickly outfitted with boots and wet-weather gear. The boots were not especially comfortable for the walk along the valley to the glacier, but were great on the ice. (I...More

1  Thank Linda B
Reviewed 20 December 2011

The glaciers are different and it is possible to see both in one day (if you don't want a full day hike to the top of one of them.) Fox is easier to walk to (flatter walk) but smaller. First drive over the bridge from...More

3  Thank Ready2Go2008
Reviewed 20 December 2011

Sam did a masterful job of guiding the group of us ... Including 2 pre teens ... On the foxtrot. While such tours are not cheap, they are good value given that loan of all the equipment needed is included. All you have to bring...More

Thank Happy2bHome_11
Reviewed 19 December 2011

I suppose this trip wasn't quite what we expected. The ice was not as clean and blue as we thought it would be so would probably spend the extra money to do a heli hike next time. We also did the first trip in the...More

2  Thank Fifielo
Reviewed 17 December 2011

We were booked in to do the helihike but the weather put an end to those plans, so we did the foxtrot instead. In the end I think we saw all that we wanted to see and had an ice experience without the expense of...More

Thank DaMaPaOz
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David R
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Response from Katie K | Reviewed this property |
Not fit at all. If you can walk and keep your balance you will be fine. The guide goes at a very moderate pace and you are constantly stopping to look at ice formations and climb in caves.
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jojo255061
31 July 2017|
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Response from pboropixie | Reviewed this property |
There are more people in a heli-hiking group than can fit in one helicopter so they do several flights to get everyone up on to the ice. Also the weight in the helicopter has to be balanced, so groups may be split up for the... More
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Irene C
22 July 2017|
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Response from Talitha B | Reviewed this property |
The glacier is covered with ice at the level the heli-hike goes to but as far as the weather goes you wont have snow as it is in the middle of the NZ summer. However the weather can play a major fact in accessing the... More
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