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Fox Glacier is a 13-kilometre-long and is located in Westland Tai Poutini National Park on the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island.
Fed by four alpine glaciers, Fox Glacier falls 2,600 m on its 13 km long from the Southern Alps down to the coast and it is one of the few glaciers to end among lush rainforest. Although retreating throughout most of the last 100 years, it was advancing between 1985 and 2009.
What to do:
The main attraction is the 2 hours walk to the terminal face of the glacier The hike takes you to the very base of the glacier, where ice turns to water at this level. It is here that the Fox River emerges from the ice and where ice collapses are often heard and seen.
Close to Fox Glacier is beautiful Lake Matheson, one of the most photographed lakes in New Zealand. On a clear day, it reflects Mount Cook.
When to go:
The glacier is open year-around. The best time to visit Franz Josef depends on what you are looking for.
In general, the weather is highly unpredictable in this region, regardless of the season. Always bring rain gear, despite a sunny forecast.