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“Informative and Friendly Guides”

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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Singapore, Singapore
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“Informative and Friendly Guides”
Reviewed March 12, 2013

My Friends and I did the Half day Walk with Fox Glacier Guiding and it was a Brilliant Choice. We were well Knitted up at the shop. They Provide boots, socks and crampons. They did a safety briefing before we set off just to make sure we are prepared. The Glacier was only a short 10 mins Bus ride from The Town Of Fox Glacier. Upon arrival, The Guides started Grouping us together for the 1 hour hike up to the Glacier Front. Along the way, our Guide Josh explained to us the process of Formation for the Glacier and how The Glacier Retreat and lengthen. We chatted on for a bit and he also gave us heads up on our adventures ahead in NZ. The Weather was brilliant, Very Sunny, Clear View with little cloud cover. Lots of Photo op. Upon reaching The Glacier front, we were lucky to Witness a Huge Chunk of Glacier Ice breaking Off and collapsing into the river below creating a Huge Surge of River Melt that rushes downstream. We Continued on after the Glacier Front Barrier(only accessible to Guiding Tours) and were given walking Sticks and don on the crampons for Ice walking. The Guides were constantly on standby and painstakingly ice carve the Glacier with man made steps for easy walking. The View Up on the ice was amazing with snow cap mountains in the background! It was sunny but abit chilly up on The Ice. This is a good morning workout rewarded with stunning views. Highly recommended to do.

Visited February 2013
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“Half Day Hike - No experience needed”
Reviewed March 12, 2013

Easy level hike - designed even for kids! Steps are carved into the glacier by a team prior to the tour group arrival. The hardest part is the initial walk up to the edge of the glacier which is accessible to the public (approx 45minute walk). Approx 1 hour is spent on the glacier. Be advised that this tour does not give you the landscape as per the brochure - there is no swirling blue crevasse to have your photo taken in.
Don't underestimate how cold it is on the glacier - I was there on a beautiful sunny day but still needed several layers. Tours run no matter the weather - the west coast area is famous for its rain fall!

Visited March 2013
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Melbourne
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“Half day helihike - brilliant!”
Reviewed March 11, 2013

My husband and I did the half day helihike with Fox Glacier Guiding a few days ago.

You really can't predict the weather at Fox - the day prior, the entire township was blanketed with a thick layer of fog, and they won't give the tour a go/no go decision until 10min prior. They do also warn you that the tour can get cancelled at any point due to weather, and have a good refund policy for any eventuality.

We were very lucky, and our day was brilliantly clear and sunny. I wore a singlet, tshirt and thin jumper. The company did give me another jumper just in case, but I never used it. Halfway through the tour I was down to my tshirt again! My husband wore shorts and said he was fine. I will say when we first landed, and the glacier was still under the shadow of the mountain, it was a bit cold.

We had 21 people on the early morning tour. We went to the glacier in 6 seater helicopters - if you're already on the ice when one is landing, duck and face away! The fresh ice chips from the steps the guides make are pretty sharp and sting a little. The group was split between the two guides and set off in opposite directions.

It was really slippery when we first landed, as the ice was pretty hard. As the sun came out, it got much easier to walk (you can get better traction from your crampons), and with a little practice you'll find it's pretty easy to walk on the ice. So it may be a little easier for the later groups, also because the guides have carved out most of the path already so you don't need to wait for that.

You don't need to be particularly fit, and the group is pretty stop start - especially when there's an interesting feature everyone wants a photo with! The only thing I would say is you would want to be pretty sure footed as you'll be walking up small streams, going down small and narrow ice steps (only a few at a time) - the older couple with us struggled a bit with this.

I had a brilliant time, and would highly recommend. It's an amazing and awe inspiring place.

The only reason I didn't five star is because I would have liked our guide Deno to explain more about the glacier - especially as we were all standing around so much waiting for photo ops. He did tell us a few things, but not a whole lot, and asking questions was like trying to milk a stone - had to ask half a dozen questions to get to one short answer! I get the impression he really knows what he's doing, and its more he's just not talkative / good at explaining things.

Visited March 2013
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Norfolk, United Kingdom
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“Do it! A New Zealand Highlight”
Reviewed March 10, 2013

We did the half day "Fox Trot" on 13th February with our 2 kids (10 & 7 years). The trip was really well organised and well paced. On the half day trip we had plenty of time to enjoy the walk up which adds to the anticipation of the glacier ahead. Our guide was Jess who has really great with the kids by keeping then fully engaged and enthused throughout. Jess followed a really interesting route through the glacier so that we saw lots of glacier highlights, and she was entertaining and informative throughout. Don't hesitate to do this trip, we all thoroughly enjoyed it and it was one of our New Zealand trips highlights!

Visited February 2013
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Papamoa, New Zealand
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“A great experience”
Reviewed March 9, 2013

Knowledgeable guides, well organised. They provided all the equipment we required. The icy steps were a bit scary but okay once on the softer ice further up the glacier

Visited March 2013
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