Fox Glacier

MODERATE 6 reviews
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Fox Glacier is a 4.8 kilometer heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Fox Glacier, West Coast Region, New Zealand that offers scenic views. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking and walking.

4.8 km
215 m
Out & Back

kid friendly





This is a half day hike up the Fox Glacier in New Zealand; which is about 25 kilometers away from another, similar hiking option - the Franz Josef Glacier. The trail starts off in a really stunning river valley (more impressive than the valley that approaches the Franz Josef glacier) and eventually climbs up along side the glacier.  You will see stunning views of the valley from on top of the glacier as well as the surrounding mountains as well as numerous ice features. 

3 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.

4 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.

4 months ago

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

5 months ago

10 months ago

Friday, February 26, 2016