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Fox Glacier

New Zealand
New Zealand (General)
Fox Glacier
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Places to Visit
How to Reach

By Car

  • State Highway 6
    • From the South, travel from Queenstown approximately 4.5 hours by car, Wanaka approximately 3 hours by car, Haast approximately 1.5 hours by car.
    • From the North, travel from Christchurch approximately 5.5 hours by car, Greymouth approximately 2.5 hours by car and Hokitika approximately 2 hours by car.
Key places to visit
Lake Matheson, Gillespies Beach, Fox Glacier, View the mountain peaks


Places to Visit

Lake Matheson. Located five minutes' drive from Fox township. Take the 1 hour 30 minute walk around the lake to see the beautiful reflection of Aoraki/Mt Cook and Mt Tasman. The track is well maintained, and there are boardwalks and specially made platforms for getting the right angle for your pictures.\

Gillespies Beach. An 11km drive down a twisting unsealed road through a rimu rainforest leads you to a camping area. From here, walk a few km more and you'll find yourself on a black sand/quartz pebble beach on the Tasman Sea. Near the beach entrance is the rusted and overgrown historic gold dredge. Several km up the beach you can visit a seal colony. It is a 3 hour round trip walk to the seal colony.

Fox Glacier. Walk along the river valley floor to the Terminal Face, take a guided walk or helihike onto the glacier itself with Fox Glacier Guiding or fly over it by helicopter.

View the mountain peaks. Drive 10km south of the township past Lake Matheson to the best view of the peaks of Aoraki/Mt Cook and Mt Tasman.

Right Time to Visit

January - March
September - December