Fox Glacier - things to do & see
Fox Glacier, a paradox. A top accommodation facility, metres from some of the best cappuccino and café food on the West Coast. Yet this remote village is set in the tranquility of Westland National Park and South West World Heritage area; a wonderful relaxing bush environment with one of only three glaciers in the world that descend from crisp, clear snow capped mountains into lush green temperate rainforest.
The Fox Glacier township is located just 5 kilometres from the glacier and uniquely, just 6 kilometres from the pounding surf of the Tasman Sea. It is nestled in the rainforest at the foot of precipitous mountains and offers a wide range of alpine and adventure activities.
The Glacier region of New Zealand's West Coast offers many activities and things to do. Whatever your interest, we at The Westhaven will advise you on what are the best activities for you and we can make arrangements for all your needs.
Here are a few of our recommended suggestions:
The glacier descends 2500 metres in a journey of over 13 kilometres and is remarkable in that it is so accessible. From the carpark an easy walk that is suitable for all ages will take you to the towering terminal face of the glacier. Alternatively there are options for you to take a scenic flight over the glacier or a guided walk onto the glacier itself (note that it is very dangerous to walk on the glacier without a guide).
This lake offers breathtaking views of Mount Cook and the Southern Alps. Set amongst the lush, temperate rainforest, the lake offers near perfect reflections of the Southern Alps. The lake is a short drive from Fox Glacier village. The views are worth the short walk through lush native bush along the well-formed walking track.
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For those who would like to experience walking on ice and learning about the glacier, this is a must. You will be provided with socks, boots, crampons and a waterproof coat and will be given a briefing before setting off for the glacier with a guide. There are ½ day walks for everyone and full day options for the more intrepid. It must rank as one of the best value attractions in New Zealand.
Fox Guides: www.foxguides.co.nz
Half Day Glacier Walk - Foxtrot
Includes: Delightful eco-tour featuring the transition from rain forest to an incredible world of ice accessed by a "secret" track, suitable for most ages and fitness levels.
Duration: 4 -4.5 hours
Departures: 9.15am, 1.45pm
Cost: $NZ 115.00 per adult, $NZ 95.00 per child, Family $NZ 325.00
Fox Glacier Helihikes - Flying Fox
This premier trip combines the thrill of two helicopter flights with a chance to explore this remote part of the glacier by foot. Pristine ice caves and arches are often seen. Some fitness and agility required.
Duration: 3.5 hours
Reporting times: 9.00am & 12 noon, 1 September - 30 April plus 3pm frequently available in high season; 10.30am & 1.30pm May; 12.00 noon, 1 June - 31 August
Cost: NZ$399.00 Adults, (GST incl.)
Forty minutes of fantastic viewing as you fly up Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers, circle the majestic peak of Mount Cook and land at the head of snow accumulation for some time on the snow to absorb the overwhelming feelings of isolation and awe. Shorter flights are also available and give you the chance to see the glacier and surrounds from an aerial perspective.
Glacier Helicopters: www.glacierhelicopters.co.nz
(Discounted rates apply if you book through The Westhaven)
The Helicopter Line: www.helicopter.co.nz
Fox & Franz Heliservices: www.scenic-flights.co.nz
Mt Cook Skiplanes: www.mtcookskiplanes.com
Mountain Helicopters: www.mountainhelicopters.co.nz
Cost: $195-$345 per person.
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Visit NZ's only White Heron nesting colony. View the Herons, Royal Spoonbill, Little Shag and other Birdlife, all in their natural environment.
White Heron Sanctuary Tours: www.whiteherontours.co.nz
Includes: Coach and jet boat ride on Waitangitoana River to access sanctuary.
Duration: 2.5 hours
Cost: $135 per adult, $75 per child.
Fox Glacier Bike Rental offers great mountainbike hire at The Westhaven. All bikes are suitable for all levels of cycling and we also have smaller bikes for the kids and a bike trailer for toddlers or a tag along bike for those who want to ride their own bike but have mum or dad do all the pedalling!!. There are so great new cycleways in Fox Glacier and well worth exploring on your visit here. Come and see us at reception for for details. Bike hire rates are $ 20.00 per person for half day and $ 40.00 per person for a full day hire.