Things to do in Fox Glacier

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Things to Do in Fox Glacier


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  • Julia @Scrumptious Solent
    Southampton, UK2,427 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sadly it was musty during our visit Di we couldn’t see Mount Cook or Mount Tasman or capture that elusive ‘mirror’ photo of them reflected in the lake. However it’s a nice walk around anyway. A bit up and down - takes about an hour.

    Great cafe and gift shop near the car park. Free parking and entry.
    Written 4 April 2024
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  • Paolo1005
    Montreal, Canada632 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fox glacier trail an easy 45 min 1 hour walk
    Beautiful large trail in a scenic tropical forest.
    Must say the glacier is quite far away to get a good look
    Nevertheless, everything around it is breathtaking
    Written 4 February 2024
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  • ERDFirefighter
    Edmonton, Canada880 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We decided to continue on the gravel road to the beach as it was a beautiful day and with the hope of seeing some nice birds while on the beach as well as a view of the Fox glacier. Well neither happened. The beach itself is nice and a person could spend a nice afternoon here. You decide if it is worth the gravel run.
    Written 14 February 2020
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  • Stephen & Sue
    Canberra, Australia2,488 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Like its neighbour Franz Josef, Fox Glacier has retreated so far in recent years it can now only be seen from a distance, after a walk to a lookout.
    The Franz Josef walk is much shorter, but the Fox Glacier walk is a lovely 1-2 hour return, which can also be done by bike.
    After parking just beyond the bridge you follow a 4 wheel drive track along the river and then up the hill. It soon gets into the rainforest, with frequent views of the river alongside.
    The lookout is a hole cut through the forest, 2-3 klms away, which gives you a nice, if distant look at the glacier.
    On the walk back make sure you take the short diversion into the Moraine walk, which loops back on to the main track. The rainforest in here is dense, and stunning. Ferns, moss, trees, it’s a wonderful little walk.
    However this is not open to bikes, and not suitable for anyone with mobility issues as it’s quite rough.
    And ignore Google maps – there is no longer any access from the northside and no other bridge across the river - it’s all been washed away in the massive flood of a few years back.
    Written 12 February 2023
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  • Mandy Coombs
    North Petherton, UK556 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely walk and especially good if you go after dark as there are loads of glow worms that you can see. The path is nice and even and level so it’s easy to walk along, even in the dark. We walked her in the daytime as well and the walk is lovely with some great forest to see along the way.
    Written 24 October 2023
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  • Stephen & Sue
    Canberra, Australia2,488 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is the absolute highlight of the walk to, or from, the Fox Glacier view point.
    As it’s rough, and a bit steep in parts. Take this on the way back down the hill.
    You won’t be disappointed, it’s thick forest of ferns, fallen trees and most, absolutely lovely.
    But no access for bikes, or people with mobility issues.
    Kids would be fine though.
    Written 12 February 2023
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  • Tal
    אילת5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the best hikes I've been doing and Highly recommended. The track can be challenging for those who aren't really fit, its worth it absolutely and the pools at the end are amazing! I highly recommend visit the pools early in the morning as well.
    We've been welcomed so nicely by Peter Davis and he gave a 'hut talk' and shared the history of the place which added a lot to the general experience for us and we've loved it! the hut has a very nice view from the dorms and there are heaps of sand-flies so I would recommend stay in the hut which will minimise that.
    If you can, its worth staying 2 nights and going to Dougles hut (3h hike - a bit more advanced than Copland track).
    Written 14 February 2021
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  • SophiaWilloughby
    Farnham, UK28 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We did this route not really knowing what to expect, other than it might be quite hard. We are both pretty fit but this was a challenge! You basically climb the tract to the top using all fours some of the time but when you get to the top it is so so worth it! The views were incredible! You have to do this on a clear day and start no later than 9/10am. I was slightly nervous about getting down purely based on what we were climbing was steep, but it was actually a lot easier to get down then I thought! We completed it in about 7 hours which included photo stops and about half an hour for lunch at the top! If you are in fox and want a challenge/workout then I highly recommend it!! You
    Written 2 March 2019
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  • DJW20
    163 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This shop is out of Fox Glacier next to the carpark for walk to Lake Matheson.It had a huge variety of souvenirs and gifts of good quality, including some lovely silver jewellery.
    Written 27 March 2020
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  • Shari
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    WOW what a really fun morning. My daughter and I are not totally novice riders but our guides were so amazing. Very knowledgeable guides that really knew their horses and all safety issues were covered. Horse and rider safety was very important to them. Loved the fact that some horses were rescued and destined for a better future. Loved hearing the stories about the horses and other treks fun experiences.
    Written 23 April 2021
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  • Prantik Bera
    Kolkata (Calcutta), India140 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We were lucky to get a good weather during our planned fox glacier helihike activity. The helicopter ride was smooth and the views of the glacier were amazing from above. And then we landed on it, for exploring the glacier surface. The guides gave us all necessary equipments and instructions for the adventure. Then we walked along the uneven glacial surface and explored different ice structures and arches. We got ample photo opportunities, tasted the glacial water(take a bottle to fill up if possible, it tastes heavenly) directly from the little streams and also went inside a narrow arch made of ice. The activity is an absolute must do when in the glacier country in New Zealand South Island.
    Written 1 February 2024
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  • Greg & Lyndell
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great family run business based on safety and customer satisfaction.
    Our pilot Michael gave us a fabulous experience taking us through Fox, Franz Josef and Tasman glaciers, then landing at 7000ft to view Mount Cook.
    Many opportunities for photos with knowledgeable commentary.
    We felt completely safe and valued. First class operators.. Thank you James and Michael.
    Written 21 April 2024
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