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Fox Glacier

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| Westland Tai Poutini National Park, Fox Glacier, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand
+64 3-751 0825
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“long walk” (21 reviews)
| Westland Tai Poutini National Park, Fox Glacier, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand
+64 3-751 0825
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Probably took 30 mins to walk up to get a good view of the glacier and the last bit is quite steep but manageable for most people - couple of streams to hop over but stepping stones in them so not a problem. Not as...More

Thank speedsister
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Easy hour return trail to the glacier. Walks along the river and right up to the top of the glacier. Only steep the last 500 feet up to the top. Can see the glacier perfectly on a clear day. Surround waterfalls coming through the rocks...More

Thank Gabby Z
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very poor. Waist of time. 1h return walk. What's else can I say. I have visited other glaciers all around the world and this one was the worst one. You can barely see it from the viewpoint

Thank Perico P
Reviewed 1 week ago

The walk wasn't too bad but overall disappointing. Definitely, prefer Franz Josef glacier. Wouldn't go out of my way to visit

Thank Sarah S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have seen glaciers in the Rockies and Alaska so elected to save on the helicopter ride and go on foot. This was ok and you can get a good feel for it but the helicopter ride (at $440) would be worth it if it...More

Thank Robert C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Staying at the Top 10 camp site, we had a 30 minute cycle to the glacier. It certainly looks eerie, thousands of tons of ice slowly meting and sliding down the valley. The path to the glacier takes you through tree fern forests, you almost...More

Thank Ian F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I took a day trip from town to the Fox Glacier. The car service in town is quite funny. You call on a pay phone along the side of the main block, and from what I remember the voice tells you to walk down to...More

Thank mcasellanw
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The walk is long the trail sometimes hard but it's expected for a view like this. It's easily located and once there it is a sight that is worth seeing even on an overcast day. Even the walk to the glacier has great views.

Thank Shayne250978
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Easy drive in. Not suitable for those unwilling to scramble over rocks or cross streams with rocks for steps. A steep climb to the viewing platform. Definitely the highlight of my trip to date.

Thank Markoledaddio
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Awesome natural wonder, yes it's got lots of muck at the terminal, but then sadly it is receding at an alarming rate thanks no doubt to global warming, the signs show it has probably receded 6 km in 300 years.. the walk is over rough...More

Thank Thethompsontwo
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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