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Fox Trot: Half Day Walk

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For those with a half-day available this popular trip is a great eco-adventure and full of variety and interest. Walkers are kitted out with sturdy leather boots and other equipment, before boarding one of our buses for the short drive through the rainforest and into the glacial valley. This valley was carved out by the ice during past ice ages and shows dramatic evidence of the power of the ice.

Your guide leads you on a walk beside the river bed to the glacier terminus; from here you will walk uphill for around 30 minutes to access the edge of the ice. At this point you are outfitted with instep crampons specially designed for these ice conditions, and you follow the ice steps cut by the guides. The route takes you onto the ice amongst crevasses and ice ridges and leads you onto the middle of the glacier for spectacular views of the icefall and lower glacier.

At least one hour is spent on the ice. Your guide will be with you for the duration of the trip and will enjoy passing on fascinating details of the natural history of this landscape.

Fox Trot: Half Day Glacier Walk on the Fox Glacier, New Zealand

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Enjoy a breathtaking guided glacier walk onto the world famous Fox Glacier with New Zealand's most experienced glacier guiding company; Alpine Guides Fox Glacier Ltd trading as Fox Glacier Guiding. We offer a full range of Fox Glacier tours and ice adventures to suit all fitness levels....

-Half Day Guided Glacier Walks - a suitable family activity, All Day Guided walks for the more adventurous
-Thrilling helicopter flights to and from a more remote part of the glacier on Guided Heli-hikes
-Gentle, informative Valley Guided Walks to the dynamic glacier face
-Day Heli-Treks & Overnight Alpine Trekking high above Fox Glacier with superb views of NZ's highest peaks
-Ice climbing Adventures - expert instruction, small groups, Heli-ice climbing options

Fox Glacier is New Zealand's largest commercially guided glacier, situated in Glacier Country, on the West Coast of the South Island, only 23 km's south of Franz Josef.

Our friendly and professional guides will take you on a glacier trip of a life time. Your guide will remain with you for the entire trip entertaining and educating you about the fascinating Fox Glacier, part of the Westland National Park, a World Heritage Area.

The Westland Tai Poutini National Park is a beautiful and natural environment. It is an area where the dramatic forces of nature are at their most spectacular, and as such, it demands respect and an acknowledgement of the risks to all visitors.

To assure your safety, our guides are trained through the internationally recognised New Zealand Mountain Guides Association. We pride ourselves in offering exceptional customer service, the highest level of safety management and the best value for money trips.

We also have two souvenir and gift shops in the glacier region: one at Fox Glacier and one at Franz Josef Glacier