"Glacier Hiking" South Island Things to Do Tip by sunshinejo

South Island Things to Do: 122 reviews and 227 photos

The two main glaciers on the west coast of the South Island are Franz Josef and Fox Glacier. We decided to stop at Fox Glacier, as we heard it was less touristy, the town was nicer and glacier hikes were cheaper. We did a whole day Glacier hike onto Fox Glacier, as we were told that if you do the half day tour, then most of the time is spent getting to and from the glacier, allowing for only half an hour or so actually on the glacier. The whole day tour was really good, although it rained the entire time, so by the end of it we were soaked to the bone and frozen! It was also pretty tiring, as we had a long way to walk to get to the glacier, and we spent quite a long time walking around on the glacier. The guide was really good, he told us all about how the glacier was formed, it's history, and stories about it. There were about 12 people on the tour, which was a good number of people, and the whole thing was very professional - all necessary equipment is provided, and they explain to you how to walk on the ice. The company we went with was called Alpine Guides, they're based in Fox Glacier and also organise heli-hikes.

Address: Highway 6, Fox Glacier
Directions: Alpine Guides is located on Highway 6, the main street through Fox Glacier, opposite Cook Saddle Cafe and Saloon.
othercontact: 03 751 0825
Phone: 0800 111 600
Website: http://www.foxguides.co.nz

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Sep 2, 2005
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