Fox Glacier is located on the West Coast of the South Island, New Zealand. At a latitude of 40 degrees south, there are no other glaciers as easily accessible as the Fox Glacier, and neighboring Franz Josef Glacier. Visitors to the region can hike up either of the glaciers for an unequalled view of the surrounding terrain.
One of the most accessible glaciers in New Zealand.
Fox Glacier travels for 13 kilometers from its source to the coast. During this time, its height falls a dramatic 2600 meters. The glacier is named after an early New Zealand prime minister, William Fox. The road to the glacier is a long stretch of grey terminal moraine, rocks and detritus left over from years of advancing and melting.
See the stunning Fox Glacier on the Winter Rimu 14 day South Island adventure trip:
Winter Rimu New Zealand Winter Adventure
- 14 Days
- South Island
- US$4599 + tax
May to September is one of the best times to explore New Zealand. Our maritime climate ensures we have relatively mild winters, we’ll almost always have the tracks to ourselves and the snow-capped mountains make an even more dramatic backdrop than in summer – and usually you can get a great deal on flights! Years ago, we adapted our signature Rimu trip to suit the cooler conditions by adding skiing and snowboarding options, along with some of the South Island’s best hikes. This adventure is the perfect excuse to escape the heat!
Activity level: This is one of our more adventurous trips, but has options to suit a range of fitness levels and outdoor experience. Typically hikes on the ‘Winter Rimu’ range between three and six hours to complete, with a longer more challenging hike on the Copland Track.