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“After hiking Tongariro and jumping out of plane, glacier hiking was kinda lame.”

Fox Glacier Guiding
Ranked #1 of 16 things to do in Fox Glacier
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: It's our privilege to guide you on the West Coast's largest and less crowded glacier. It is one of New Zealand's truly natural wonders. Whether you are walking, heli-hiking or ice-climbing with us in this incredible environment, we can promise you a memory you'll cherish. We have a long guiding history on the glacier (guided walks first started in 1928). Those years of accumulated knowledge and experience mean weare able to guide you with complete confidence. You can rest assured we take your safety and comfort very seriously. Come and enjoy our friendly West Coast hospitality, experience the mighty Fox Glacier with us and create a lifetime memory. We have glacier trips suitable for most fitness levels and ages including children from 9 yrs. Our informative Glacier Terminal Face walk is suitable for children from 5 yrs or for those who would find the walks onto the glacier too strenuous.
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Reviewed December 22, 2012

We decided to go on the all-day hike, because it wasn't that much more money and meant more ice time on the glacier, as compared to the half day hike that was only an hour or so of glaicer time. In hindsight, we should have skipped the whole glacier thing and moved on. It was rainy and cold, but the tour proceeded (when you get 10+meters of rain a year in that part of the country, I guess you can't call things off due to rain). The problem with the all-day tour was that it was slow. The guides were very knowledgeable and very keen on safety (which is great!), but as a result, most of the tour was spent standing in the rain with our heads down to keep the rain out of our eyes while they went ahead to go check out the ice conditions. The highlight was making it to what seemed like the "top" where we got to walk into a giant crevace. Aside from that, most of the time was spent waiting in the rain, doing the conversion rate in our heads of how much we paid to stand in the aforementioned rain. I had hiked a glacier before, whereas my husband hadn't, and we both felt it was so-so at best. (Btw, if you are expecting a pristine glacier, think again - this glacier is "dirty" from all the rock debris it scrapes off the mountains.)
If you're looking for a true adventure tour or are tight on time, skip the glaciers (unless you have $$$ and do a helicopter landing) and make your way on to Queenstown. We had much more fun there.

Thank JD M
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Reviewed December 15, 2012

I was grateful Fox Glacier Guides provided so much gear for us - we weren't traveling with the type of stuff you need to walk on the ice. They loaned us boots, thick socks, waterproof pants, rain jackets, and crampons (all included in your guide fee.) The guides were knowledgeable and friendly, and moved at a good pace for our entire group. Highly recommended.

Thank tcldenver
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Reviewed December 14, 2012

We did the Flying Fox Helihike in early December. It was a unique experience and I'm glad to have done it. I got to sit in the front of the helicopter on the return and that was amazing! Our guide was Zorah, an Australian with a snarky sense of humor. She made sure we got to see cool things as the weather was a wee bit threatening and may have shortened our stay. Luckily, it held off and we got the full tour. She obviously loves the Glacier and what she does. Amazing caves and ice structures.

There's really no strenuous activity involved. Short walks and stopping to take photos or learn about the glacier. It was expensive and I'm glad we did it. But it's really a once in a lifetime experience.

Thank deSchenke
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Reviewed December 7, 2012

We only had time for the Fox Terminal walk but are so glad we did it. After a spending half of the day driving in the pouring rain to reach Fox Glacier, we were lucky enough to have the weather clear just before we were due to go on our walk. Our tour guide Zara was extremely knowledgeable and clearly enjoyed her job and her running commentary made our tour a really enjoyable one - it was over too quickly. If you have the time definately do one of the tours, our only regret was not doing the half day one

Thank roaming_mum
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Reviewed December 4, 2012 via mobile

My husband and I took a tour with guide 'Dean' to the face of Fox glacier. We were lucky to be the only two on the tour, perhaps due to the rain.. Our guide was great giving us information about the glacier, other geological points of interest, local wildlife etc definitely worth doing as he was able to take us past the limits of the public access right up to the ice. A wonderful experience!

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