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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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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We walked this in the morning. Was nice to see the glacier but it fell short of expectations. The Franz Josef Glacier was a shorter walk with better viewing.

Thank Alyce K
Reviewed 1 week ago

It's a lovely walk on a wide, well-made path to see the glacier. The last section is quite physically demanding as it's a fairly steep uphill climb for a good few hundred metres, so reasonable physical fitness is required. The glacier is an arresting view,...More

Thank arby3777
Reviewed 1 week ago

I would highly recommend a helicopter trip. For views from the ground I would recommend several viewpoints--if you go out on the viewpoint road on the highway it is about a 10 minute drive and you just step out of your car for a view...More

Thank cookpias
Reviewed 1 week ago

When a once in a lifetime experience comes your way, don't count the money, just do it. Our heli flight to the top of the glacier was great, amazing scenery and an exciting flight. So good, we may have to come back and do it...More

Thank JackandFrances
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were only in town to see Lake Wanaka and take a heli trip w Mountain Helicopters(highly recommended company reviewed separately) but enjoyed his beautiful small town w historic buildings and homes.

Thank sherrin n
Reviewed 8 August 2018

1.5 hour return walk. Not a difficult hike, roads are largely reasonably flat (pebbles road, basic hiking shoes and wear). We started in a car park and went all the way to the viewing point. The view along the way was good. Few boards popped...More

1  Thank Elle N
Reviewed 30 July 2018

Visited on Thursday 10th May. It took us 60 minutes for return walk, the track is a bit steep in a few places but well worth the effort.

1  Thank Michael-4551
Reviewed 26 July 2018 via mobile

it was kind of an obligation. we were there, we went to see it... they say it is a 40 min hike to get there. it took us a bit less. we considered it a huge waste of time. would do again? nope

Thank TaisFelipe
Reviewed 12 July 2018 via mobile

If you come this far, you have to walk the walk to appreciate the Glacier!! Our clan of 7 took the chopper flight which was great over the Glacier too !!

Thank Neil B
Reviewed 10 July 2018

An easy half an hour walk return, but obviously at the end of it, is just a receding glacier, and off limits to the tourists, which is fair enough.... It was summer time then in 2017, but it was an enjoyable walk.

Thank amabelbsd
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5 September 2018|
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Response from OurWeen | Reviewed this property |
There are no activities at Fox Glacier. It is a walk. However, when we visited in April, the road had been taken out by a landslide and we had to walk along the riverbed. We gave up and viewed it from a distance.
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