Fox Glacier (D10)

Fox Glacier Valley walk and the Aoraki Peak Viewpoint, Fox Glacier West Coast New Zealand.

GPS: -43.496893° 170.046591°

Fox Glacier overview

Fox Glacier overview

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Fox Glacier map from Franz Josef VisCtr.

Fox Glacier map from Franz Josef VisCtr.

The Fox Glacier is in fast retreat, to say the least!!  If you study closely the next photos you’ll be able to see the dramatic changes that I’ve witnessed between the summer of 2010 and the summer of 2013.  Staggering really.

2013 track to Fox Glacier viewpoint.

2013 track to Fox Glacier viewpoint.

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Zoomed 2013 view from Fox Chalet, showing new glacier view track extension.

Zoomed 2013 view from Fox Chalet, showing new glacier view track extension.

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2013 view down over the snout of Fox Glacier.

2013 view down over the snout of Fox Glacier.

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Zoomed view of river coming out of Fox Glacier.

Zoomed view of river coming out of Fox Glacier.

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Steep track up to Fox Glacier viewpoint, 2013.

Steep track up to Fox Glacier viewpoint, 2013.

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This a 2013 photo of the 2012 Fox Glacier view...the glacier retreated so much in just one year that you can't see it anymore from here.

This a 2013 photo of the 2012 Fox Glacier view…the glacier retreated so much in just one year that you can’t see it anymore from here.

The above and below photos are from the same exact location, just exactly one year apart. Wow!

2012 endpoint of the Fox Glacier view track.

2012 endpoint of the Fox Glacier view track.

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2012 Fox Glacier view track

2012 Fox Glacier view track

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Fox Glacier track...this is how close DoC let's you get (for free).

2010 Fox Glacier track endpoint.

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The view of the dirty face of Fox Glacier seen from the end of the track.

The view of the dirty face of Fox Glacier seen from the end of the track, 2010.

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The river streaming out from under Fox Glacier.

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Parked at Peak Viewpoint with a view of the upper reaches of Fox Glacier.

Parked at Peak Viewpoint with a view of the upper reaches of Fox Glacier.

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Sunset at Fox Glacier Peak Viewpoint.

Sunset at Fox Glacier Peak Viewpoint.

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Fox, reflected.

Fox, reflected.

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The Fox Glacier Peak Viewpoint Mountain Identifier.

The Fox Glacier Peak Viewpoint Mountain Identifier.

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Close-up of the Fox Glacier Peak Viewpoint Mountain Identifier.Close-up of the Fox Glacier Peak Viewpoint Mountain Identifier.

Close-up of the Fox Glacier Peak Viewpoint Mountain Identifier.Close-up of the Fox Glacier Peak Viewpoint Mountain Identifier.

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The Fox Glacier Peak Viewpoint...the BEST view of the entire Fox Glacier!

The Fox Glacier Peak Viewpoint…the BEST view of the entire Fox Glacier!

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Starscape above Mt Cook from the Peak Viewpoint.

Starscape above Mt Cook from the Peak Viewpoint.

One Response to “Fox Glacier (D10)”

  1. ajkeizer2015 Says:

    During bad weather conditions the final part of the trail to the viewpoint can be closed (December 2014), in our case we have not seen the glacier at all, however we had a nice mountain bike experience in getting to the parking :).

    Before you go off for the walk you can check the information sign at the parking which will give you information about route condition and from which distance you can see the glacier.

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