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Fox Glacier

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You can see this magnificent glacier from some distance away, but take the 30 minute walk to near the foot of the glacier and the view just gets better and better.

Address: Haast Highway, Fox Glacier, West Coast Fox Glacier & West Coast



Fox Glacier is just 20 minute’s drive from its neighbour Franz Josef and many visitors enjoy visiting both for a different experience of township and glacier features.

For the more adventurous, there are a variety of guided tours, ice hikes, heli-hikes and sightseeing trips that can be organised from the township.  It is recommended that accommodation and tours are booked in advance to avoid disappointment in the busy summer season.

There aren’t many places in the world where you can view the dynamic, raw beauty of a glacier at such close range.

Starting at the car park at the end of the glacier access road, you’ll walk up the valley towards the glacier, until you get as close as you can, unguided, just 80m from the ice.

Note this is an unstable and changing area, so always observe the safety signs and stay behind the barriers.

The Fox Glacier township offers a more intimate “village” experience than its bigger neighbour, Franz Josef. Tucked into the rainforest-clad foothills of the Southern Alps, the township offers a range of quality accommodation, hotels, cafes, a general store and service station for motoring needs.

The Fox Glacier offers a different type of glacier experience than the Franz Josef Glacier, and visitors are increasingly booking activities on both glaciers during their visit to Glacier Country. Local companies provide access to the Fox Glacier with guided walks, heli-hikes and scenic flights (with or without snow landings). Fox Glacier is also internationally renowned for Lake Matheson’s stunning reflections of Aoraki/Mount Cook and Mount Tasman.  

The lake is located 6km west of the township. Further down the valley, driving through rimu rainforests, is the site of the old gold mining settlement of Gillespie’s Beach on the shores of the Tasman Sea. On clear days the Southern Alps are visible from the beach.


Drive south for two kilometres from Fox Glacier Weheka township, and turn left immediately before the Fox River bridge.

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