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    Fox Glacier by helicopter.

    by CDM7 Updated Nov 22, 2013

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    Snowfield landing.
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    This was an amazing experience and something i will never forget.Visited Fox and Franz Josef Glacier by helicopter and landed on Fox Glacier on a perfect evening.The trip lasts about 25 minutes and you get to spend 10 minutes on the snowfield .Cost of trip was 225$ (N.Z).
    The whole experience felt safe in the hands of Brook our pilot.

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    Lake Matheson

    by CDM7 Updated Apr 24, 2013

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    Perfect reflections.
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    While in Fox Glacier town a visit to Lake Matheson is well worth while.On a calm day the reflection of the mountains in the lake are fantastic.A car park and good restaurant are available at the start of the walk.If you get there early morning before the breeze picks up you should have a good chance of some nice reflections.

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    Walk up to Fox Glacier.

    by CDM7 Written Mar 14, 2013

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    Did this walk in perfect conditions which takes about 1 hour return,unless you keep stopping to take a photo.The last part of the walk is quite steep but safe as the pathway is all marked out.
    If you go with a guide you are allowed to walk on the actual glacier,otherwise you are restricted where you can go.Tip; take plenty of water!

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    Lake Matheson

    by al2401 Updated Jul 20, 2012

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    Lake Matheson from the Jetty
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    Lake Matheson is famous for its reflections of Mt Cook and Mt Tasman. There are various view points around the lake. The Jetty, View of Views and Reflection Island. The walk around the lake is easy and takes about 1 hour 30 minutes. The return trip to The Jetty is wheelchair friendly and takes 40 minutes.

    The ares is a Regional PArk and is looked after by the Department of Conservation.

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    Helicopter to the Glacier

    by al2401 Updated Jul 20, 2012

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    Southern Alps
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    I love helicopter rides. It is the best way to see things. Rides where you can get out on tops of mountains are great but when you get out on a glacier its even better.

    There are a number of helicopter companies operating from Fox Glacier but all offer similar flights; from a 20 minute flight up the glacier to a 40 minute flight over both glaciers and around Mount Cook and Mount Tasman. All offer glacier landings. During the off-peak season the companies work together and share business.

    Trips really depend on the weather. Even if is calm on the ground it may be blowing a gale up top. I wanted to do the longer flight and had three cancelled flights before success - even then it was too windy on the east side of the Alps to cross over and fly around the summit of Mount Cook. Our pilot still managed to fill the 40 minutes and the mountains were magnificent.

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    From Haast to Fox Glacier

    by al2401 Updated Jul 20, 2012

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    South from Knights Point
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    State Highway 6 meets the west coast shortly after leaving the town of Haast and follows the coast most of the way to Fox Glacier. The vegetation of the area is so different from the alpine region and that found east of the Alps. A fantastic view of the Tasman Sea and up and down the coast can be had at Knights Point.

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  • Ride a bike in Fox Glacier

    by Happy_hippie Updated Mar 4, 2011
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    Fox Glacier is such a green place. Why not take a green way to see the sights??

    You can ride to the Fox Glacier thru this amazing rainforest track. It's a winding, pleasant track, as well as a dramatic landscape with different, crazy shapes trees. And the light that comes into this thick forest is just spectacular.

    You can also bike to Lake Matheson, as the Car Park there is always too busy.
    And also bike to the Peak View Point, a place where you can see the New Zealand highest mountains.

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    Hikes and Tramping

    by DSwede Written Aug 4, 2010

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    Tramping in the hills

    In addition to the touristy (and sometimes expensive) excursions like guided glacier hikes and helicopter rides, there are several free hikes and tramps you may take.

    However most of these hikes go unnoticed by the tourists who come and go just as quickly.

    Stop by the i-Site, tourist information, and get a free map with directions to all sorts of hikes that range between 20 minutes and flat, all the way up to over night treks.

    All the tracks are free, but if you stay over night, the huts do require reservation through the DOC.

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    A Short Drive into Town

    by Aidy_p Written Apr 13, 2007

    Driving towards Fox Glacier Township, you'll catch the magnificant view of the snow-capped mountains. Beyond that lies the lovely Fox Glacier. Jac and I chose this wonderful place to have our lunch. We were truly famished bythe time we arrived at Fox Glacier from Franz Josef Glacier.

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    Hike A Glacier

    by jag17 Updated Jan 19, 2007

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    We came to Fox Glacier for the same reason everyone else does; to see the glacier! We had planned to do a helihike. Unfortunately, Mother Nature did not cooperate. They were able to schedule us on a 3.5 hour walking tour instead. The company outfits you with everything possible to make you comfortable. They knew we would be wet, but wanted us to be warm. Hats, jackets, pants, gloves, boots, backpacks are all available.

    The walk was very strenuous. 1.5 hour hike to get to the glacier (500+ varying sized steps, and very narrow paths); 1 hour spent on the glacier (more steps); and 1 hour to walk back down (yes, over the same 500 steps). We were exhausted! I'm sure all of the pouring rain, and excess clothing didn't help. On the other hand...how many times do you get to walk on a glacier? Suck it up, and do it!

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    Lake Matheson

    by didgeridorien Written Apr 18, 2006

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    Lake Matheson

    This is the most famous panorama in New Zealand. You can walk around the lake in 1.5 hours and at the far end you'll have the view of Mt Cook and Mt Tasman reflecting in the lake. Early morning and late afternoon are the best times to see it. Unfortunately Iwas there on a cloudy day.

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    Entrance to Lake Matheson

    by imstress Written Feb 27, 2006

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    Lake Matheson is a short drive from Fox Glacier township.

    There is a car park just outside the Lake Matheson Cafe.

    At the entrance of the Lake Matheson is a donation box where donations are collected to fund the maintenance of the walking track and facilities. Please make some donations as there is no entrance fee charged.

    There is a swinging bridge that leads to the walking track into the rainforest.

    There are clear signboards to point you the directions and how long it will take you to reach the viewing points.

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    Helicopters

    by imstress Updated Feb 25, 2006

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    the lovely couple with VT Helicopter
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    We hired Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Heliservices New Zealand for our helicopter ride.

    We took the Hughes 550c Named VT with our pilot Gozen on 6 Dec 2005.

    Some statistics of the helicopter:

    Power Plant : One Allison 250 C20
    Turbine Engine: 284kw/380hp
    Max take off weight: 1160kg/2550lbs
    Max speed: 240kph/130knts
    Max height: 4500/15000ft

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    Fox and Franz Josef Heliservices

    by imstress Updated Feb 25, 2006

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    VT Helicopter
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    We hired Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Heliservices New Zealand for our helicopter ride.

    We took the route which was only available from Fox Glacier. We explored the Fox Glacier & then fly by the sheer west faces of Mt Cook & Mt Tasman.

    $225 for 20 mins with a snowlanding of 10 mins.

    It was a great flying experience with them.
    We brought the souvenier photo for $20.

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    Lake Matheson

    by imstress Updated Feb 25, 2006

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    reflections of Mt Cook & Mt Tasman
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    Lake Matheson is an easy drive from Fox Glacier township.

    The beautiful Lake Matheson is an icon of the West Coast with its charming reflections of Mount Cook and Mount Tasman which is New Zealand's highest peaks.

    The walk to the Secretary Island takes about an hour. This scenic bush track walk follows the lake edge.

    You could take the enchanting mirror image at the beginning of the track at the viewing platform.

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