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hiking
3 days 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.

It's a busy hike from the parking lot, with many tour buses crowding the spots. Still, the trail is very well maintained for how often it erodes according to the meticulous trail management New Zealand is known for. A worthwhile jaunt on your way along the west coast.

Pretty cool.
Went on a real overcast day, so it was difficult to see the glacier.
One steep incline, we just missed a rock slide by a few hours!

walking
24 days 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
1 month ago

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

walking
1 month ago

Guess it would be nice view if it wasn't so cloudy. Start early so you can see the view. It's steep all the way but nice paths.

hiking
2 months ago

The sign say 8 hours. The woman at DOC office say 6 h, we made it 4,5 h. It's more like a climb then a hike. I thought it was really funny and you get a good wiev about the mountain and ocean. Would do this one again. It's really hard hike, but fun

The glacier has sensibly retreated compared to most photos on the internet. The track ends quite far away from the terminal face. Overall good views on the way of the upper section and beautiful waterfalls. Easy, fits also families, no wheelchairs.

Good climb with an amazing end point. definitely worth the hard work!

hiking
6 months ago

6 months ago

This was an awesome hike with incredible views. Good for all levels.

backpacking
7 months ago

I would not classify this as a moderate hike! It was a very difficult hike that was very steep. It was a climb requiring all four limbs much of the time. We were given some bad advice from the DOC i-site, the guide said this was a good backpacking trail for an overnight stay. The 3 hours we were able to complete were grueling and we had another 1,000 ft to go to make it to the summit. There were no good places to set up a tent as far as the eye could see. There were, however, many beautiful views from the 1020m indicator. All night long we could hear the rushing Fox River down below.

This was a demanding, yet satisfying trail. It takes the full 8 hours to complete. Believe the sign!