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4 days ago

Check status fox glacier currently closed

It is really hard to walk on the stones, there is rarely a possibility to go on the actual beach if it’s flood. There is no spectacular view as well. You need to go further trough the lagoon and then to the seal colony to get rewarded. Care, the walk is really really REALLY muddy. It’s not steep though.

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25 days ago

Easy short trail to lookout. Lots of landslides in the area have closed most other trails. Good bet to see the glacier on foot.

Lovely walk. Interesting beach. Very well defined and maintained path.

Last bit up Sentinal Rock is well made but a short sharp climb on an otherwise flat track.

pretty lake trail

hiking
7 months ago

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
Thursday, August 17, 2017

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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Thursday, July 27, 2017

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
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

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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