Guiding on Fox Glacier came alive in 1928 when the Fox Hotel first offered guided trips onto the glacier.
In 1974, Mike Browne (a mountaineer working at Mount Cook) moved to Fox Glacier and took over the glacier guiding. Mike is also a founding member of the New Zealand Mountain Guides Association (NZMGA) which is an affiliate of the International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations (IFMGA).
Mike and his wife Carrol grew the business steadily over the next 31 years and in 2005 additional shareholders joined the business which helped shape Alpine Guides Fox Glacier Ltd hich trades as Fox Glacier Guiding into the vibrant, dedicated and professional business it is today, with over 60 staff.
Whilst we’ve grown and evolved, you’ll find we haven’t lost that ‘family feel’. Come and experience our friendliness and hospitality for yourself. We offer a full range of glacier trips for all fitness levels, budgets and timeframes. Matching clients with suitable trips is our specialty.
Remember as you go onto the glacier, you’re on an adventure which started almost 100 years ago!
All guides are either qualified or in training for Glacier Guides certification, through the internationally recognised New Zealand Mountain Guides association(NZMGA).
This means we offer the highest level of safety, a key part of our commitment to providing safe, enjoyable, high quality trips onto Fox Glacier.
Our Base, Booking Office and Shop
- All glacier trips depart from our comfortable base on State High
way 6 in Fox Glacier township.
- THE HOBNAIL SHOP – offers an excellent selection of interesting items to choose from.
- THE HOBNAIL CAFE – licensed cafe, serving delicious homemade food.
- Agencies and Services –
- Helicopter Scenic Flight bookings
- Atomic Shuttle bookings
- NZ Post
Traditions Worth Preserving
The buses we use to transport customers to Fox Glacier are a nice link to the past. Some are preserved and restored Bedfords, and are a reminder of the original Newmans coaches which took visitors to the glacier in 1922. Our buses have names too, and there is a story behind those. Remember to ask our friendly staff when you join one of our trips.