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Fox Glacier Hiking Trails

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Address: Fox Glacier, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand
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Nice walk with good views

At the parking lot before you hike up to the glacier there is very pretty water and you can walk away from the glacier to see this water. The hike up to the glacier is quite... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Georgetown, Texas
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Georgetown, Texas
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

At the parking lot before you hike up to the glacier there is very pretty water and you can walk away from the glacier to see this water. The hike up to the glacier is quite steep but not too long. You can views of the small (at this time of year) river running away from the glacier.

Thank dil345
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We did the guided walk to the glacier view point which everyone else did for free! Granted, they didn't get the commentary (Lisa was very informative) but......! The trek back to the carpark (via a secret bush track) was hopeless. Only 6 people in our group and any information she imparted was only to the one or two immediately adjacent... More 

Thank Warooka
Washington DC
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Reviewed 20 March 2017

This was a great alternative to our cancelled Heli Glacier tour. The weather was horrible while we were in Fox Glacier, but it was still fun to get out and explore this beautiful place. You feel so tiny walking along the valley floor, it gives you great perspective on how the glaciers carved and formed the earth around you. There... More 

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San Diego, California
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Reviewed 18 March 2017

We really enjoyed the beauty of a short hike, lots of people enjoy it also. Try to get there early to avoid the crowds.

Thank Grace W
kuala lumpur
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Reviewed 10 March 2017

Great experience, with a short steep climb. Decided to do this walk as our Heli trip was canceled due to bad weather. Reached the terminal face of the glacier. Was told the Fox Glacier had retreated rapidly over the past few years, Sad!

Thank melw2
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
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Reviewed 6 March 2017

There were two walks possible to view the terminal face. The shorter 'river walk' was closed due to recent flood damage, so we took the longer and steeper walk up to the closer viewing area. I am not particularly fit, so I found the final uphill section of the walk quite challenging on the gradient with some loose stones. I... More 

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Valthe, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 23 February 2017

Very nice and easy track if you just want to see the terminal face of the Fox glacier. Quite busy but still is nice with stunning views, and it saves the cost of a heliflight. Can recommend it, probably less busy than the Franz!

Thank mdaams53
Mount Juliet, Tennessee
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Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

We walked from the start all the way to the end of the trail just below the end of the glacier. Excellent walking trail. Not too challenging. Beautiful waterfalls and views of the glacier valley. About a 6 mile walk both directions.

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Reviewed 14 February 2017

You can get information abot the trails in a brochure, you can pick up from the iSite. There is a good selection of trails, some are easy and some very demanding. We walked some of the not so demanding trail. They were easy to find and follow. While walking you can admire both the rainforests and mountain sceneries.

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Tel Aviv
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Reviewed 11 February 2017 via mobile

The hike to the farthest viewing spot takes about an hour there and back and ends with a steep climb. The views along the way and from the end of the trail are impressive and it is hard to imagine the glacier in its most extended form several thousands of years ago. Worth a stop if you are around and... More 

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