Fox Glacier, along with its twin of Franz Josef
, is undeniably one of the biggest attractions on the West Coast
, and a must-see for visitors to the rugged Glacier Country
. Named after former New Zealand Prime Minister, Sir William Fox, this spectacular frozen river snakes down from the mountains for a distance of 13.5km. Join a guided tour and you can even walk on this mighty river of ice, or take to the skies for a magnificent bird's-eye view of the Fox Glacier area.
The pristine native rainforest surrounding Fox Glacier adds to its scenic splendor, providing a host of scenic trails and bushwalks to enjoy. Try the walk up Mount Fox for a stunning vista of the mountains, or take the hour-long walk around Lake Matheson, famous for the beautiful mountain reflections of its still waters. Nature lovers can visit Gillespies Beach, a wild stretch of coastline which leads out to a seal colony at Gillespies Point. The Department of Conservation information centre at Franz Josef (25km to the north) has information on the glaciers and their geology.