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Fox Glacier Carpark

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This panorama was taken from the car park at the end of the dirt road leading to Fox Glacier. At one time this whole area was covered with ice, but today it is a gravel valley and the Fox River flows down it. However, since 1985 Fox Glacier has been growing again, so this may change.


Fox Glacier Carpark - Fox Glacier visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Fox Glacier Carpark' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from West Coast.

The car park by Fox Glacier is built on the gravel bed of the valley. From here it is a 30 minute walk along gravel tracks to the end of the glacier itself. The walk up the valley is dominated by the mountains on either side, covered in dense temperate rain forest at low levels. Weather conditions in the valley can change rapidly without notice, and good walking shoes and wet rain gear are recommended. Hikers should keep to the trail and not wander up the valley floor as the river experiences sudden surges and can change course without warning.


Fox Glacier car park is about 5km from Fox Glacier Township down a dirt track just south of the town. This is about 121km north of Haast, and about 24km south of Franz Josef Glacier.

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Waterfall at Franz Josef Glacier / Franz Josef Glacier
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Picnic Area at Lake Matheson / Fox Glacier
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Clearwater River Suspension Bridge / Fox Glacier
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Lake Matheson Temperate Forest / Fox Glacier
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Lake Matheson Reed Beds / Fox Glacier
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Gillespies Beach Driftwood / Fox Glacier


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