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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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    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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    Hike A Glacier

    by jag17 Updated Jan 19, 2007

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    On The Glacier
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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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    Fox Glacier Walks

    by imstress Updated Feb 25, 2006

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    Fox Glacier Walk

    Pls refer to the map and select your preferred walks from Fox Glacier:

    A Minnehaha Walk – An easy 20 mins return from village through the rainforest.

    B Moraine Walk – A 40 mins return walk over old moraine surfaces through to native bush.

    C River Walk - 40 min return. Connects the north and south bank roads. The track was an early route onto the glacier and crosses an historic swing bridge.

    D Fox Glacier Valley Walk - 1 hour return. Walk up the riverbed to the terminal ice face of the glacier. Please heed all signs and barriers.

    E Chalet Lookout Walk - 1 hr 30 min return. Crossing mountain streams, the track leads to an historic viewpoint of the Fox Glacier.

    F Mount Fox Track – 8 hours return. Steep climb to alpine grasslands for view of alps, glacier and coastline. Marked route. 10 mins from village.

    G Lake Matheson Walk - 1 hr 30 min return. An excellent walk providing unsurpassed reflective views of Aoraki/Mt Cook, Mt Tasman and the forested lakeshore.

    H Peak View Point – 10 km from Fox Village. One of the best viewpoints in the area of the Fox Glacier and Southern Alps.

    I Seal Colony Walk – Gillespies Beach – 21 km drive from Fox Village. 3 hour 30 mins walk from Gillespies Beach to the seal colony at Galway Beach.

    J Copland Track/Welcome Flat - 6-8 hours one way. A popular overnight tramp which gives a glimpse of Westland's unique forest and mountain scenery. Natural hotpools at Welcome Flat are an added attraction.

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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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    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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    Fox Glacier

    by imstress Updated Feb 25, 2006

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    Fox Glacier is named after one of New Zealand Prime Minister, William Fox.

    Fox Glacier is at a latitude of 44 degrees south and in a mild climate, no other glaciers in the world are as easily accessible as Fox Glacier.

    The terminal face is just 5 kms from the township.

    Walks ranges from 20 mins to 8 hours. Do take an easy 1 hour walk to the glacier terminal ice. Your trip will be a rewarding one.

    No pain no gain so perserve on and dont give up halfway.

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    Fox Glacier

    by batgirl1001 Written Dec 13, 2004

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    The glacier is the must-see activity in Fox Glacier and specifically the reason why people go there in the first place.

    The glacier is very accessible, 3-minute drive away from Fox Glacier town and a 10-min walk at most from the car park.

    Glacier walking is a popular activity. If you miss it like us, you can try to go flightseeing around the area which will offer a view of Mount Cook as well.

    They even land on the mountains so you can have 10 mins of fun on the mountains for their picture-perfect moment.

    However in winter, the weather is unpredictable and depending on your luck, you may not be able to go at all.

    When we were there, the weather was okay for half an hour which made it possible for us to go but it rapidly darken when we got back. Hence only our group could go for that day.

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    Mount Cook- Helicopter View

    by batgirl1001 Written Dec 13, 2004

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    This is a view of the famous Mount Cook from our helicopter.

    The mountain peak is the highest in New Zealand, about 3800 metres above sea level. The mountain is named after Captain James Cook, the famous English navigator who also founded New Zealand for England.

    Mount Cook is a difficult mountain to climb but nevertheless a challenging prospect for many of the world's and New Zealand's top mountain climbers.

    After all, the man who first conquered Mount Everest is New Zealand's own Sir Edmund Hillary.

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    Mountain Valley as seen from Helicopter

    by batgirl1001 Written Dec 13, 2004

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    This is a spectacular mountain valley as seen from our helicopter flightseeing near Mount Cook.

    The helicopter did fly as close as possible to the valley so we could see the crevasses up close. They look like sharp-thorned spikes glistening in the sun.

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    Mountain Valley- Helicopter View

    by batgirl1001 Written Dec 13, 2004

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    This is another picture of the spectacular valley from another angle as seen from our helicopter.

    As you can see, the ocean is on the top end of the middle and it seems as if it extends all the way to the coast.

    Almost but not quite. The West Coast it seems is very, very close to the mountains and is quite flat especially at town areas and extends about 1 kilometres before it meets the ocean.

    Thus Haast, Fox Glacier and Franz Josef are one of the few largest towns you meet while on the West Coast.

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    Standing on Mount Tasman

    by batgirl1001 Written Dec 13, 2004

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    There you see me in the distance standing in front of our helicopter on top of a flat area at Mount Tasman.

    This mountain is not too far off from Mount Cook. The thrill is, you get to land on the mountain near the peak and see what it's like. The only other way and longer, is to climb it yourself.

    The helicopter ride was expensive and cost nearly $200 per person for 20 mins. Thus, if you don't have the budget, perhaps you can try the cheaper and interesting glacier walk which is around $50 per person.

    Anyway the snow on the mountain was incredible soft and deep. It took an effort for me to stand without getting my shoes and jeans (wrong attire for being on the mountains) to not get too soaked.

    Also it was surprisingly hot and bright on the mountain. I had to take my coat off and was basically wearing just 2 layers- a fleece jacket and tee shirt.

    It is a thrill to be on the mountain and probably a never-do-that again experience for me.

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    Rain

    by grets Written Sep 21, 2004

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    It rained and rained and rained
    The average fall was well maintained
    And when the tracks were simply bogs
    It started raining cats and dogs
    After a drought of half an hour
    We had the most refreshing shower
    And then the most curious thing of all
    A gentle rain began to fall
    Next day was also fairly dry
    Save from a deluge from the sky
    Which wetted the party to the skin
    And after that the rain set in

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