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Fox Glacier

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| Westland Tai Poutini National Park, Fox Glacier, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand
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| Westland Tai Poutini National Park, Fox Glacier, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The climb to a viewing ledge is a slight workout for people leading a sedentary lifestyle. A guided tour would enable you to better view and appreciate the glacier. One will need proper insulation clothing and good walking/climbing shoes if you want to get close...More

Thank SY S
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Fox Glacier is beautiful, yet significantly retreated due to climatic changes. A nice view can be seen via Glacier View Road (short walk through beautiful rainforest). There is also the option of a closer view via Glacier Access Road (45 minute walk). We both enjoyed...More

Thank atomicdon
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I visited Fox Glacier in three ways and I’ll rate them here separately: - by helicopter see glacier helicopter review 5/5 - by glacier view road - 4/5 view is great no walk to it but great angle best view aside from...More

1  Thank Amanda H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A natural wonder! You need $$$$ to get up close or fly above the glacier but on a fine day you can see it from a far very easily. Lots of nature walks to enjoy being out in the bush.

Thank Jason R
Reviewed 1 week ago

Walking through the are towards Fox Glacier makes you realise just how quickly we are losing the glaciers as you can see where it used to flow to. The path of the glacier is awe inspiring and beautiful but worryingly thought provoking!

Thank AlistairT682
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This Glacier was also very impressive. The hike starts out easy, through the glacial valley with great views of waterfalls and the glacial runoff. Towards the end, the hike becomes quite steep. It is manageable for all, but folks that are not physically fit should...More

Thank mbaumgartl
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have visited this twice a d in the years between it is so sad to notice how much has melted and continues to melt. Still good to see.

Thank A and M J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Comfortable walk for about 10 minutes at the start and a really steep 10 minutes walk at the end towards the lookout point. Worth the time and effort to see this Glacier before it is completely gone. If you are tight in schedule, visit Franz...More

Thank ZeeQC
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I cant say I was overawed by this attraction - its a long hike over dusty riverbed / glacier moraine finishing with a steep hill to view the terminal face an indiscernible mass of rocks and dirty ice - returning to the car park looking...More

Thank GDay1044
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

On our driving trip around the South Island, we planned a stop at Fox Glacier overnight before we moved on to Franz Josef the next morning. As we were on a fairly tight budget, we decided not to go with a guided group/by helicopter and...More

Thank Kane B
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Irene C
27 July 2017|
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Response from Lisa L | Reviewed this property |
I guess you could potentially drive from Christchurch to Fox Glacier in one day, depending on the time of your glacier heli-hike, but as the other respondents have said, I definitely wouldn't recommend it. It's easily a... More
25 July 2017|
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Response from Goysonhols | Reviewed this property |
Hi, the Franz Josef Glacier walk is longer at 1.5hours (compared to 1 hour for Fox), but I think probably easier. Just take your time and it should be ok. If you want to bail early, you can see the glacier from about half... More
8 January 2017|
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Response from KimberleyMelbourne | Reviewed this property |
Hi it's a 5km flat walk to Matheson Lake then 4.2 km around the lake. The restaurant at the lake is fabulous. We did both glaciers but if you just did Fox that would be fine. There is an excellent viewing point on the other... More