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

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

Embark on an unforgettable journey through the stunning landscapes of Fox Glacier. A gentle, gradual climb awaits, making this adventure accessible to all ages and fitness levels. Departing at the Glacier Valley Eco Tours base in the township of Franz Josef Glacier - we’ll drive you to Fox Glacier from Franz Josef Glacier (a 30-minute drive) or if you are staying in Fox Glacier we'll pick you up from our meeting point in the Fox Glacier township (or your accommodation). This scenic trail meanders through the lush, historic glaciated rainforest of Westland Tai Poutini National Park, where you'll encounter magnificent rata and rimu trees, vibrant mosses, and breathtaking views of the upper Fox Glacier, the Fox Neve and Mt Tasman—one of New Zealand's tallest peaks. Along the way, our knowledgeable guides will share fascinating insights into the area's geology, glaciation, and thermology (including a chance to dip your hand in a geothermal spring) and its diverse flora and fauna. Discover the rich history and local stories that make this region so unique. Join us for an educational and memorable hike that blends natural beauty with deep environmental understanding. Book your adventure today and explore one of New Zealand’s most remarkable treasures! Check-in: 1.15 pm (Franz Josef Glacier base) Departs Franz Josef Glacier: 1:30 pm from Glacier Valley Eco Tours office - Franz Josef. Pick up at the Department of Conservation building, Fox Glacier at 2 pm. Returns: 5 pm (Fox Glacier), Franz Josef Glacier (5:30 pm). IF BOOKING ON THE SAME DAY PLEASE CALL US. Please note this tour does not get close to the glacier or walk on the glacier due to safety reasons.

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(13 reviews)

We took the 45 minute ride and not a minute was dull. They day was overcast but the ground staff kept us updated every 15 minutes and were supportive. Kudos to them. The flight was exhilarating. Breathtaking views and the flight was so smooth. Our pilot was great, guiding us throughout the flight. The surprise was the photograph she took with the helicopter in background. A souvenir to keep. A young couple flying with us got engaged on the glacier. Another happy moment. Will certainly recommend this flight and company for everyone. Take as many photos and videos. Experience of a life-time.

We weren’t able to land on the glacier due to the weather conditions but we were offered the chance to fly over the Fox and Franz Joseph glaciers instead. We were really pleased that we took that option and were not at all disappointed. The glaciers were fantastic and it’s the only way to fully appreciate them. Our pilot Poppy was brilliant, explaining what we were seeing and she clearly enjoys her job (who wouldn’t). Really professional company who went out their way to ensure we had a great experience. Highly recommended Julie and Shaun Samways from the UK.

Weather changed so we took the crews advice and did the flyover rather than a snow landing .The 2 glacier flyover is definitely worth doing if you can't do the landing option - Brillint service

Excellent safe and very informative… Lived out all those at school Geology moments… thoroughly recommend…

It was a very beautiful experience. Everything was well organized and it is more than worth the money.