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Discover the spectacular caves, ice fields and valleys of this enormous glacier on guided hiking, climbing and helicopter excursions.

Gear up for adventures of a lifetime at Fox Glacier. Viewing this huge mass of ice on hiking and helicopter tours is an awe-inspiring visual treat. Fox Glacier is a 2,600-metre (8,500-foot) tall and 13-kilometre (8-mile) long glacier. It cuts through the temperate rainforests of Fox Valley from the tallest peaks of New Zealand’s Southern Alps. The glacier forms part of the Westland Tai Poutini National Park, a breathtaking expanse of glacial lakes, mountains and rivers.

Gaze in awe at the imposing terminal face that greets you upon arrival at the glacier. See where the ice ends its journey after travelling from the Southern Alps. Listen as ice blocks break free and collapse into Fox River. The glacier’s face is accessible via a leisurely 2-hour walk from the nearby village.

Sign up for a glacier trekking and climbing tour during which you will use specialist equipment such as crampon boots and ice picks. Tours start with an exhilarating helicopter flight, which presents unbeatable views of ice caves, pinnacles and rainforests. Experience the unique thrill of the helicopter landing right on the glacier.

Follow your guide to naturally formed arches and tunnels. Trek to a large snow shelf below Chancellor Dome and admire the views of Gillespies Beach and Mount Tasman. Spot alpine flowers, mountain antelope and mountain parrot. Land on Victoria Flat and then have fun forging your own trail and dropping down into ice holes.

For the ultimate adrenalin rush, take an ice-climbing tour. Work with a trained instructor and use climbing gear to ascend and descend overhanging walls and pinnacles. Alternatively, join an overnight trekking adventure. Spend the night at Chancellor Hut, a historic alpine house built around 1930. Visit alpine gardens and waterfalls, dine right on the glacier and enjoy superb sunsets over the Tasman Sea.

Fox Glacier is just 5 kilometres (3 miles) from its namesake village, on New Zealand’s South Island. The village has numerous tour operators that run excursions to the glacier year-round, subject to weather conditions. Wear suitable cold-weather clothing and remember to bring your camera the glacier is constantly moving and its appearance can change while you are walking on it.

58 Cheap Hotels Near Fox Glacier

The Westhaven Motel
The Westhaven Motel
3 out of 5
29 Main Road, State Highway 6, Fox Glacier, 7859
The price is NZ$101 per night from 26 Aug. to 27 Aug.
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly motel in Fox Glacier. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the convenient ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (432 reviews)
"Bigger room,little bit cold for winter time"

Reviewed on 28 Jul. 2022

The Westhaven Motel
Fox Glacier Lodge
Fox Glacier Lodge
4 out of 5
41 Sullivan Road, Fox Glacier, 7859
The price is NZ$120 per night from 20 Aug. to 21 Aug.
Stay at this 4-star guesthouse in Fox Glacier. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and daily housekeeping. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the convenient parking ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (202 reviews)
Cosy & warm
"Great room, very cosy and warm and Breakfast was very generous."

Reviewed on 16 Jul. 2022

Fox Glacier Lodge
Bella Vista Motel Fox Glacier
Bella Vista Motel Fox Glacier
4 out of 5
55 Main Road SH6, Fox Glacier, 7859
The price is NZ$103 per night from 17 Sep. to 18 Sep.
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly motel in Fox Glacier. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (401 reviews)
"close tot eh areas I want to photograph. nice wee town"

Reviewed on 4 Jun. 2022

Bella Vista Motel Fox Glacier
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The Westhaven Motel
The Westhaven Motel
3 out of 5
29 Main Road, State Highway 6, Fox Glacier, 7859
The price is NZ$101 per night from 26 Aug. to 27 Aug.
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Fox Glacier Lodge
Fox Glacier Lodge
4 out of 5
41 Sullivan Road, Fox Glacier, 7859
The price is NZ$120 per night from 20 Aug. to 21 Aug.
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Bella Vista Motel Fox Glacier
Bella Vista Motel Fox Glacier
4 out of 5
55 Main Road SH6, Fox Glacier, 7859
The price is NZ$103 per night from 17 Sep. to 18 Sep.
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Rainforest Motel
Rainforest Motel
3.5 out of 5
15 Cook Flat Road, Fox Glacier
The price is NZ$119 per night from 26 Aug. to 27 Aug.
Rainforest Motel
Distinction Fox Glacier Te Weheka Boutique Hotel
Distinction Fox Glacier Te Weheka Boutique Hotel
4.5 out of 5
Main Road, State Highway 6, Fox Glacier, South Westland, 7859
The price is NZ$177 per night from 22 Aug. to 23 Aug.
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The Church at FOX
The Church at FOX
4 out of 5
5 Main Rd, Fox Glacier, 7886
The price is NZ$375 per night from 18 Sep. to 19 Sep.
The Church at FOX
Heartland Hotel Glacier Country
Heartland Hotel Glacier Country
3.5 out of 5
39-45 Main Road, Fox Glacier, 7886
Heartland Hotel Glacier Country
Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier
Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier
3 out of 5
11 Cook Flat Road, Fox Glacier, 7886
The price is NZ$110 per night from 20 Aug. to 21 Aug.
Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier
Climbers Rest
Climbers Rest
2 out of 5
11 Cook Flat Road, Fox Glacier, 7886
Climbers Rest
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