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Good walk today - did not get wet at the river crossings.
Found a multi coloured beanie at the viewing area around 1pm. Have brought it done and left it on a high traffic cone at the start of the walk next to the carpark.
The walk up to Fox Glacier is much shorter than Franz Josef, but it is a much steeper walk. The scenery on the lead up to the glacier is mainly rocks, and the path is extremely rocky and steep in some bits. Make sure you...More
Although it was great to see Fox Glacier on this walk, be aware that you cant get very close and you can only see the face of the glacier. I enjoyed the whole valley walk as much as seeing the glacier so to me the...More
Amazing scenery on the hike. It's labelled as easy 1 hour return, but it's not. Most is uneven rocky ground up and down steep hills. The last leg of the hike is a really steep hill. Finally get the end that is barricaded off but...More
March 2018. Access road on North side of valley closed (storm damage). Some tracts closed too, so no chance of getting anywhere near the glacier or even a view of it. Access road on south side of valley still open, but doesn't get you anywhere...More
The main road for this hike was closed when we were there. They had also had Cyclone Gita a few days earlier and access to the riverbed was closed. It was still worth the walk to see what you could see but you were't able...More
The Fox Glacier is a wonder in itself, but you will get a much better view on foot. Remember to take some water and something with a little energy kick, like chocolate. And take care, the weather can change very quickly.
We took the valley walk on a sunny day. Bring plenty of drinking water and wear a hat. Wear good hiking shoes as there are lots of loose gravel. The final ascent to the view point has a fairly steep gradient, but not too difficult...More
Fox Glacier is an interesting little rocky walk. As it gets towards the end - meaning you are within 450m of the glacier -the walk goes uphill a bit. Be prepared, wear good walking or sport shoes, not thongs, high heels or sandals... like what...More
At 260 pounds and 66 years old, I am the perfect person to respond to your question. Leave the crampons in the car. The trails, as are all the trails we walked throughout New Zealand, are excellent. The walk up to the... More
At 260 pounds and 66 years old, I am the perfect person to respond to your question. Leave the crampons in the car. The trails, as are all the trails we walked throughout New Zealand, are excellent. The walk up to the viewing area is a steady climb that definitely got my heart beating. We were there in October so it was chilly when we started. Be careful to dress in layers so you can strip down as your body heats up on the long climb up. You don't want to be sweaty and wet on the way back to the car. Start taking photos when you are a mile away from the glacier face. Once you are standing on the viewing area, it is hard to comprehend the sheer size. Enjoy! It was one of the highlights of our three weeks in country.