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 which trades as Fox Glacier Guiding into the vibrant, dedicated and professional business it is today.
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 of our guides are qualified or are in training for Glacier Guides certification through the internationally recognised New Zealand Mountain Guides Associations (NZMGA). This means we offer the highest level of safety which is a key part of our commitment to providing you a safe, enjoyable and high-quality trip onto Fox Glacier.
We’re committed to maintaining and preserving this unique environment. The good news is, you’re helping, as a portion of the cost of your trip cost goes to help fund the Department of Conservation, who maintain the glacier environment for everyone to enjoy! How cool!
At Fox Glacier Guiding, we work hard to create an environment where our people love to come to work. It’s a family kind of environment and although we work hard, we also have a lot of fun. We’re a close-knit team, working together in a small town and we’re passionate about the product we deliver and the environment we work and play in.
We’re located in a very special part of the world. Fox Glacier is situated within the Westland Tai Poutini National Park which is in turn within the 2.6 million hectare UNESCO Te Wāhipounamu – South West New Zealand World Heritage Area. The only way to access the glacier is via helicopter on one of our tours.