Insider's Guide to Franz Josef & Fox Glacier

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The striking Fox Glacier is one of the most accessible glaciers in the world and offers dazzling views of the river of ice as it travels through the valley into the temperate rainforest below. The glacier, along with Franz Josef glacier, moves at ten times the speed of other glaciers around the world and it constantly shifts as it advances, creating spectacular scenes of ice cliffs and crevasses.

Fox Glacier is the longest glacier in New Zealand at 8 miles (13 kilometers) long and is surrounded by striking mountains 10,000 feet (3,000 meters) high. The glacier has been advancing since 1985.

Practical Info

Over 1,000 people visit the glacier daily, a third of those that visit Franz Josef. It is possible to climb the glacier or take helicopter flights, weather permitting.

The drive from Queenstown is around six hours so many people stay in the town at Fox Glacier and there are two bus companies that drive the route daily. It is a small, remote town but there are plenty of tourist beds available.

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Twin Glacier Helicopter Flight from Franz Josef

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 37 Reviews

Marvel at some of New Zealand’s most amazing scenery on this once-in-a-lifetime 30-minute helicopter flight over the Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers. Enjoy ...  Read more

Location: Franz Josef, New Zealand
Duration: 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $237.09

3-Day Queenstown to Christchurch including West Coast Glaciers and the TranzAlpine Train

Visit highlights of New Zealand’s South Island on a 3-day tour from Queenstown to Christchurch. Be amazed by the Fox Glacier on a 3-hour guided hike that gives ...  Read more

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $720.17

Fox Glacier Mountain Scenic Helicopter Flight

4.5 star rating: Recommended 9 Reviews

This premier 40-minute helicopter tour lets you experience two of New Zealand's finest National Parks, divided by the imposing Southern Alps. Discover the ...  Read more

Location: Fox Glacier, New Zealand
Duration: 40 minutes (approx.)

From USD $347.74

Fox Glacier Neve Discoverer Helicopter Flight

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

The perfect opportunity to get up close to the glacier and touch snow. You'll be captivated as you lift off and fly up and over Fox Glacier and experience the ...  Read more

Location: Fox Glacier, New Zealand
Duration: 20 minutes (approx.)

From USD $185.72

Twin Glacier Helicopter Flight departing Fox Glacier

4.5 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

Fly over two of New Zealand's most famous glaciers and marvel at the mantle of pure white snow as you land at the head of either the Franz Josef or Fox ...  Read more

Location: Fox Glacier, New Zealand
Duration: 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $245.00

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