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4.5 out of 5
8 member's reviews
799 people visited Fox Glacier
Visitors to the quaint village of Fox Glacier will have no problem noticing the area's namesake formation, as the astounding glacier dominates the skyline here. Surrounded by Mt Cook and Mt Tasman, the lush rainforest environment surrounding this town originally settled during a gold rush, is a true paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. For starters, visitors can take a stroll around the glassy reflective surface of nearby Lake Matheson, providing you and your companions with photographs that might need some reference point if you want viewers to easily distinguish the real sky from the reflected one. Another scenic location to explore is the Gillespies Beach. It's a bit of a drive, and the windy scenic road isn't the friendliest to the easily car-sick, but if you make it to this black sand beach along the Tasman Sea you will have plenty to take in, including a nearby colony of seals. Of course, the main attraction is the glacier itself, and it is indeed an icy behemoth that will easily astound both first timers and returning visitors alike. With so much natural beauty, skydiving here is another popular activity to enjoy; although it's safe to say that focusing on seeing the sites might be a little more memorable from helicopter tours if you are in a rush.
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    Udi Chatow
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    5 Nov 04, 2013

    After a sunrise stroll near Lake Matheson (great photo opportunities if weather is good), try the restaurant nearby (we had both breakfast and a sunset dinner there) and then walk up to view Fox Glacier from the south trail. It is a 60 min walk each direction through a nice trail, over several bridges and ends with a fantastic view over the glacier. The second option is the 20 min, more common tourist trail, that brings you up to the Glacier (and if you want a guided tour - also on the Glacier). Worth a nice full day in the area!

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    Paula Angarita
    5 Aug 05, 2012

    DO IT. I splurged & went on the helihike and I must say it was one of my favorite experiences in NZ. The tour guide was amazing, the view incredible! I got to fill up my water bottle with delicious glacial water. It was awesome.

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    Maria Angarita
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    5 Aug 01, 2012

    This place is worth the expensive helihike!!!!!!!! DO IT! you'll go into ice caverns and drink glacial water and see beautiful sights. I highly recommend!

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    oshaked
    5 Nov 19, 2012

    Do the Glacier hike - a must.

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    Eran Kampf
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    5 May 11, 2011
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    Robert Somerville
    4 Oct 17, 2011
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