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Lovely short walk on a calm day, great bird wildlife seen around the lake like friendly silvereyes and purple swamphens. Liked the info signs about the trees too! Kiwis keep their tracks so well maintained, it’s incredible!

The lake is nice but the walk is crowded and nothing special. If you go in the morning then just before you get to the lake there's a great view of Mt Cook and Mt Tasman, I saw the sun glimmering through the crowds and it was incredible.

hiking
8 months ago

A bit more difficult than you might expect for such a tourist-centered spot, but the trail is generally in good condition. Prepare to be crowded by other people in the parking lot and on the trail. The views of both the valley and the glacier are still great despite its recession.

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8 months ago

I visited Fox Glacier in late-January. I was excited to see a glacier up close, but was somewhat disappointed with this stop. Visit this if it's your only chance to see a glacier, but set your expectations accordingly: think touristy stop with only a distant glacier view. I will find a private tour that will actually get me ON the glacier next time. The walk to the viewing area is a bit steep, so those looking for a casual stroll will be surprised by the effort required.

PS - I took a helicopter tour of Franz Josef and Fox glaciers with a tour company on the main drag in Franz Josef. That was PHENOMENAL and worth every penny. The plan was to heli hike, but the weather was too temperamental to permit. We were lucky, though; it was only the second day all season they'd been able to take flight due to weather conditions.

hiking
9 months ago

Pretty disappointing compared to other glacier hikes we've done elsewhere.

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Saturday, December 17, 2016

The trail is fairly crowded and nothing particularly special, but the reflections off the lake are crystal clear and make for great photos.

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Thursday, December 08, 2016

Nice heavily forested walk. Not particularly strenuous but leads to a beautiful pebble beach that is a breeding ground for the protected Fiordland Crested Penguin.

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