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“Just do it!”

Fox Glacier Guiding
Ranked #3 of 17 things to do in Fox Glacier
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Reviewed 23 March 2018

We have tried to do the Heli-hike a few times in the past and were thrilled to finally be able to do it. It’s an expensive activity but how often do you get to walk on a glacier, especially one that’s disappearing too quickly? All the preparations and instructions were very professional and all the gear you need is provided. Our guide, Fiona, was a delight - professional, informative and lots of fun. We couldn’t have asked for more. It was well worth the time and cost and was one of the highlights of our trip in the South Island.

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed 19 March 2018 via mobile

My friend and I were on a trip last week and were really disappointed.
Half of the time was spent in the visitor center and waiting to get a helicopter.
The helicopter does not fly over the glacier, so it is possible to see how big it is. The trip on the glacier only covered a small area of ice.

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed 18 March 2018

A big thank you to Beth, Steve and Tim who gave us a great experience on the Fox glacier. We did the "flying fox Heli Hike" and had an amazing time. I was a bit hesitant at first as it is not a cheap excursion but the value is excellent.
Ten minutes prior to the start of our tour we got the green light for weather. We got checked in and introduced to our equipment. Our family of four was seated in a helicopter and flew up to the glacier. There we were paired with some crampons, our guides and a few more travelers. We were trained efficiently how to walk on a glacier and got to it. I was amazed by how far we went on the ice, how much we got to see and do and how in depth the information was that our guides gave us. We learned a lot, had some good laughs, some exercise and saw some amazing sights. Our training got put to good use when the some cloud developed over the glacier and we had to hike to a secondary landing spot to be helicoptered out. We flew out to meet some more super friendly, happy staff and left tired and satisfied.
The trip was organized very professionally. I felt safe and comfortable but not "babied" They assume common sense and a general interest in what you are doing which I think is great.

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed 18 March 2018

I baulked at first at the cost of the ticket for the helihike... NZD$450! But consider that the glaciers are not only rare, but they are disappearing!! 20 years ago Fox Glacier was about 20km long and now it's only 5km.

So get in while you can for the rare views of ice caves and crevices. The guides are professionally trained for safety when boarding and leaving the helicopters. The helicopter ride itself has amazing scenery that you will never forget.

The guided walks do have ice caves and crevices you can crawl into.

We were fortunate because we were booked the day before at Franz Josef and it rained. We rang Fox Glacier and fortunately they had a midday helihike.

Everyone came away beaming.

So whilst I initially baulked at the price, my mentality changed by just budgeting for it. You only live once and the glaciers might not be around much longer.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank cktsi
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Reviewed 12 March 2018

Their pictures don't lie. This was totally fun and an amazing experience. Everything needed was supplied, even waterproof outer layers. Friendly and informative staff and guide. Really like the town of Fox where this heli hike is located. Franz Josef is very busy.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank territravels12
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