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Fox Glacier Guiding

State Highway 6 | P.O. Box 38, Fox Glacier, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7951, New Zealand
+64 3 751 0825, 0800 111 600
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Owner description: Enjoy a breathtaking guided trip on the West Coast’s longest and most accessible glacier. We have a very long and proud guiding history ensuring... more » Owner description: Enjoy a breathtaking guided trip on the West Coast’s longest and most accessible glacier. We have a very long and proud guiding history ensuring safety by training our guides through the internationally recognised New Zealand Mountain Guides Association. When making your way through this incredible world of ice enjoy the educational interpretation our guides impart. We have trips designed to suit all fitness levels and currently we are the only West Coast glacier that has access onto the ice by foot or helicopter giving clients more options. « less
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Did the quick fox (terminal face walk and ice walk). It is an easy guided walk towards the glacier and a few short baby steps on the ice. With no such experience with walking on ice or glaciers, I found the tour informative, easy and enjoyable. If you're looking for a challenge this isn't the type of tour/walk. The walk... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We did the Quick Fox because we were on a tight budget (however its still costs $95 for an adult). We were all very disappointed with the trip. Only 10 minutes of the 3 hour trip was spent at the glacier. The rest was spent walking through an area that has public access next to it (which is free!). I... More

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FoxGlacierGuiding, Sales and Marketing at Fox Glacier Guiding, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write your review on our Quick Fox experience. By way of explanation the Quick Fox Walk was introduced in April '14 after an ice collapse which affected our lower glacier access and suspended three of our regular experiences. The Quick Fox continued to provide the opportunity to have a short ice experience without... More

Sydney, Australia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
16 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 via mobile

Due to bad weather conditions, our quick fox guided trip was cancelled. The company obviously couldn't do anything about this, but it is a long drive from Queenstown so I recommend you check in on the morning before you leave to ensure tours are operating. Also check the roads as we were stopped for about 25 minutes at Diana Falls... More

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We did the heli-hike and it was the highlight of our trip. We had a brilliant time exploring the glacier for a couple of hours and walking through ice tunnels, which were really fascinating! It was really good fun and I felt very safe under the guidance of our guide! Thankfully, we had great weather when we went, as the... More

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FoxGlacierGuiding, Sales and Marketing Manager at Fox Glacier Guiding, responded to this review

We were humbled to read that your heli-hike was the highlight of your trip, it's deeply satisfying to know that you built and took away some incredible memories with us. Also thank you for highlighting our belief that a visitor's experience encompasses much more than our walks. In your case our team member going the extra mile by giving you... More

Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We booked a couple of days extra at Frans Jozef to make sure we were able to do the Ice Explorer and skydive (because these both depend on the weather). Luckily we got to do the ice explorer tour the day the skydive got cancelled. The helicopter flight was short but definitely scenic and awesome. We were the only group... More

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Absolutely fantastic! Dave was an awesome guide, friendly and knowledgable. It was quite challenging, and you need a fair amount of upper body strength to get the ice axes in. Definitely worth the money, once in a lifetime experience.

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FoxGlacierGuiding, Sales and Marketing Manager at Fox Glacier Guiding, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, we'll be sure to pass along your comments to Dave, Heli Ice Climbing Guide Extraordinaire. Your comments will certainly "make his day". Small numbers sure allows the Heli Ice Climb trip to be a tailor made vehicle to test your own strength and limitations. It makes that hot shower at the end of the day... More

Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Boots and "crampons" are provided and any other gear like The guides took us on a short bus ride to the Fox Glacier Valley where they gave us some information about the area. To get to the glacier we will need to track 12km by foot, which actually was quite an easy walk. Enroute we also need to cross a... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

We did a heli hike. We stayed in fox township for 2 days in case of bad weather, luckily we did, our first day was cancelled due to blizzard. When we went up on the second day if anything it was much better as the glacier was covered in fresh snow. It was breathtaking.

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Once in a life time experince to walk on glaciers. People usually don't understand the difference between Fox and Franz Jozef, so it's quite simple: Franz Josef is much more expensive because you have to take an helicopter to get to the glaciers, and to Fox you go by bus and on foot. You go as a group with a... More

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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

This was the first (and probably last) time I walked on a glacier. Who knows how long they'll keep exploiting this glacier for money before they decide to leave it alone. It's a huge money maker so I don't see it becoming off limits like the glaciers in Alaska any time soon. We went on the half day tour on... More

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