Fox Glacier Township
Learn about the local natural history and stories of explorers past.
Explore the Fox Glacier Valley from the lush rainforest floor and along the climb to see the pristine vistas of the valley.
All you need to enjoy your time with us is warm clothing, sun protection, snacks to keep you energised, and a sense for adventure! We’ll provide you with the necessary outerwear. Your guide will share with you the local natural history and fascinating stories of explorers past.
A ‘must do’ at Fox Glacier is a visit to Lake Matheson, a five minute drive west of the township. This famous reflective lake is a photographers dream, as its crystal waters create a mirror image of New Zealand’s highest peaks, Aoraki (Mt Cook) and Mt Tasman. The track encircles the lake, through native rainforest, and it takes approximately one hour to walk the entire lake circuit.
A further 20 minutes drive on from Lake Matheson brings you to the historic gold mining settlement of Gillespies Beach. There are several walks to enjoy here, the most popular being a four hour return trip to a colony of fur seals.
Take time to discover the delightful rural village of Fox Glacier and its surrounds by exploring independently on an e-bike. The Fox Glacier Guiding team are experts on the area so will be happy to give you a map showing where the places of interest are to visit. This means you can explore the area your way.
Remember your time on the beautiful West Coast by bringing home a souvenir from one of our two gift shops. Located in Fox Glacier and Franz Josef, we have quality New Zealand made products, possum and merino clothing, and West Coast greenstone (pounamu). Open 7 days a week.
There is an excellent selection of accommodation options in Fox Glacier including hotels, motels, bed and breakfast & home stays, backpackers, campervan parks and motor camps. Click the button below to see our lists of suggestions on where to stay in comfort in Fox Glacier township.