1. New Zealand
  2. West Coast, South Island
  3. Fox Glacier
  4. Franz Josef Glacier / Kā Roimata o Hine Hukatere

Fox Glacier: Half Day Walking & Nature Tour with Local Guide

Product ID: 321453
Enjoy an amazing trek that runs through the lush historic glaciated rainforest in Westland National Park, with focal points of huge trees and amazing nature. Marvel at the views of upper Fox Glacier, Fox Neve and Mt Tasman.
About this activity
Duration: 3.5 hours
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Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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Live tour guide
English

Pickup included

Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Enjoy a scenic walk with local guides
  • Marvel at views of Fox Glacier and Mount Tasman, one of New Zealand's highest mountains
  • Listen to educational commentary about geothermal activity, glaciation, and local flora and fauna
Full description
Walk through the lush historic glaciated rainforest in Westland Tai Poutini National Park, spotting the huge rata, rimu trees and moss. During the walk your guide will provide informative commentary on glaciation, geothermology geology, flora and fauna. Dip your hand into a geothermal spring to feel nature up close.

Take in the views of upper Fox Glacier, Fox Neve, and Mount Tasman, one of New Zealand's highest mountains. Due to the location, you won't get up close to the terminal face of the glacier, this walk is predominantly focused on the stunning nature in the Fox Glacier Valley. 

Upon completion of the walk, your guide will drop you back to your accommodation.
Includes
  • Free hot drinks (tea/coffee/hot chocolate) and biscuits
  • Raincoats, rain or waterproof pants and large heavy-duty umbrellas to keep you dry
  • Walking poles and sunscreen
  • Complimentary pickup and drop-off from your accommodation
  • Free use of Macpac Baby Carrier for toddlers under 3 years old
  • A limited supply of tramping boots
  • A knowledgeable New Zealand guide
What’s Not Included
  • Lunch
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

Prepare for the activity

Important information
Know before you go
• Please note this tour does not get close or to view the terminal face of the glacier due to safety reasons, you will not be walking on the glacier, only in the valley below
• This is mainly a nature tour, if you want to get close to the glacier terminal face, check out our Franz Josef Eco Tour
• Don't forget to bring your camera to capture some amazing photos
• The road leading north out of Franz Josef is closed until further notice due to flooding. It is targeted to reopen (with restrictions) before Christmas, depending on the weather
• As of Wednesday December 11, 2019, full access south of Franz Josef on State Highway 6 through to Wanaka is open, with some delays to be expected
Customer reviews
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We were a smaller group than usual, only 4 of us, so it definitely felt more personalised. The tour guide was amazing, Elly knew what she was doing, and was super informative! The tour took us off the normal busy walking track into back areas we'd never discover ourselves! The tour also took us to a much better spot to take photos and view the glacier which again, wouldn't have been able to do so ourselves. Very glad I went on this tour rather than going on our own, Elly the tour guide made all the difference!

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17 January 2020

David was a great guide, he took us to places that we would never have gone alone, he explained many things about the unique nature in New Zealand and answered all our questions that were not few, we also appreciate the hot chocolate with cookies :) Worth the tour.

20 February 2020

We were a smaller group than usual, only 4 of us, so it definitely felt more personalised. The tour guide was amazing, Elly knew what she was doing, and was super informative! The tour took us off the normal busy walking track into back areas we'd never discover ourselves! The tour also took us to a much better spot to take photos and view the glacier which again, wouldn't have been able to do so ourselves. Very glad I went on this tour rather than going on our own, Elly the tour guide made all the difference!

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17 January 2020

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Glacier Valley Eco Tours

Product ID: 321453