I think we have decided to go to the Franz Josef glacier, not Fox Glacier. I have read and re-read threads, posts from a few years back and and I in the end I've based it on cost as they seem quite similar (is this a mistake)? As our budget is limited for accommodation we will be staying in either YHA or Montrose backpackers in Franz Josef and the hot pools are based there so that's that really and as people have said accommodation in Fox on a budget is limited.
In terms of the glaciers, we are torn between the full day or the heli-hike. What we can't decide is on this, because as the heli-hike is a total trip of 3-4 hours long, are we limiting our time on the ice? Alternatively, is the full day trip the same amount of time on the ice, the extra hours are just the time spent taking to get there? We really want to know if the heli-hike is worth it (for nearly double in price) for the amount of ice time spent. We are both fit and the exercise doesn't worry us. Again the reason for Franz Josef is I read somewhere that the heli-hike was alot better here than on Fox but if you know any different.
Very confused . . . . any help or advice welcome.