Fox Glacier

When you arrive at Fox Glacier you immediately feel relaxed in its intimate, village atmosphere. It has a stunning outlook across surrounding farms and offers breathtaking views of New Zealand’s highest peaks Aoraki/Mt Cook and Mt Tasman.

Tucked discreetly into the rainforest-clad foothills of the Southern Alps, the town was founded when gold was discovered.

Complementing the charm of this delightful country village are seven licensed restaurants and cafes.  The Fox Glacier General Store and Fox Glacier Motors also offer passing travellers a good variety of food and other conveniences.

Sightseeing & Activities

Lake Matheson

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.

Gillespies Beach

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.

E-Bike Hire

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.

Gift Shops

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.

Horse Riding

Situated on 100 acres of stunning West Coast land you will find the home of our Horse Riding family.  With 16 well trained and experienced horses there is a mount to match your riding ability and in no time at all you’ll be off to explore places that are not accessible to the general public, that’s special.

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