Fox Glacier Te Moeka o Tuawe Valley Walk

1 hr

2.6 km (return)

Highlights

  • Moraines and ancient glaciers

Proximity

GRADE: EASIEST

The glacier valley is a hazardous area. Observe all signs and stay behind barriers.

Travel past ancient moraines and glacier-moulded landscapes as you explore Fox Glacier to its terminal face.

Fox Glacier is a beautiful yet volatile place – do not let the serene scene fool you. The glacier is constantly moving. Rocks and ice can fall from the terminal face without warning and creeks may rise quickly. Take extreme care and stay behind safety barriers. 

For the first 100 metres of the track you will pass large mounds of moraine that cover 'dead ice' left behind when the glacier retreated in the 1960s.

From there, the track travels past the landslip zone (do not stop in this area) and on towards the glacier, crossing several small creeks along the way.

The track comes within 500 metres of the glacier's terminal face, a short climb takes you up to the viewing area. 

Department of Conservation

Click on the link below for more information and detailed maps about this hike.

Fox Glacier Te Moeka o Tuawe Valley Walk

More information

Getting there

  • Drive south from Fox Glacier township, turn left before Fox River bridge.

 

Need to know

  • This track is sometimes closed due to ice collapse, flooding or landslides. Check current conditions at the local DOC office or visitor centre.
  • Always take warm and waterproof clothing as the weather can change rapidly. 
  • Carry drinking water, insect repellent and sun protection at all times.
  • No drones allowed.

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