Fox Glacier Guiding

Outdoor Adventures in West Coast
Price range:
$65.00 - $650.00


Description

Take a breathtaking guided trip on the West Coast’s longest and less crowded glacier amidst fascinating ice formations with New Zealand’s most experienced glacier guiding company.
To assure your safety our guides are trained through the internationally recognized NZ Mountain Guides Association. Your guide will remain with you for the entire trip entertaining and educating you about the fascinating Fox Glacier.
Let our friendly and professional guides lead you on to an incredible world of ice. We offer a full range of trips to suit all fitness levels at exceptional prices and for the more adventurous, we also offer guided mountaineering courses.


Options

#1 - Extreme Fox: All Day Heli Hike Adventure

An Adrenalin-rush all day heli-hike adventure including breathtaking return helicopter flights in and out of Fox Glacier over lush rainforest and viewing NZ's highest peaks. On the glacier you might ford crevasses or climb out of a moulin. You might ascend short ice pitches or abseil down ice walls. Listen as your highly-experienced guide explains the nature of your glacier encounter and the environment you are exploring. We'll teach you how to use your technical climbing equipment. Lunch is provided.


#2 - Fox It Up: Heli Ice Climbing

This day-long experience introduces the adventurous to the exhilarating sport of ice climbing, on the spectacular ice walls in a remote part of the Fox Glacier. Your professional guide will tailor the day to offer variety and challenge to the novice and expert alike. Before transferring to the ice by helicopter you will be equipped with specialised mountaineering boots, crampons, ice axes and technical gear.
Guides who instruct on these days receive special training to ensure they teach skills in the correct order so you advance quickly. You will be surprised by the quick progress that you make. The maximum guide to customer (adult only) ratio is 1:4 ensuring that you receive close personal attention.
There are many steep walls to challenge you and you will quickly master basic cramponing and ice axe techniques. The adrenaline will start to flow as you challenge yourself with longer and steeper pitches. Using ice tools and the front points of your crampons, you climb vertical and at times, overhanging ice walls and pinnacles. Your movements may seem quite daunting initially but there is no danger, as at all times you are secured by a top rope attached to your harness.
This adventure will be an experience you never forget and may just inspire you to spend time in the mountains.


#3 - Fox Trail: Terminal Face Walk

This is an informative and leisurely trip to the dynamic face of the glacier. It is here that the Fox River emerges from the ice and where ice collapses are often heard and seen. This trip is for people with limited time or for those who would find the walks onto the glacier too strenuous.
Although you will not walk on the glacier, your guide will take you to visit the final resting place of ice that has travelled 13 kilometers from the base of the Southern Alps, all the way to the river valley floor. Your guide may take you closer to the ice than the unguided public (if it is safe to do so at the time) and you will have the opportunity to learn the role of the Fox Glacier in shaping its environment.
This two hour trip is reasonably easy going. About one and a half hours is spent walking over gentle terrain at a speed that almost anyone can manage. There is a strong focus on providing you with quality interpretation so you can learn about the glacier and the surrounding environment.
It is usually possible to view the cave at the terminal face of the ice from which the Fox River emerges.


#4 - Flying Fox: Helihike

The fly-in, fly-out helihike combines the excitement of walking on the Fox Glacier with the thrill of helicopter flights. By flying in you are able to access and explore a part of the glacier where its forces work hardest and often create spectacular ice caves and arches.
Equipped with sturdy leather boots and other equipment, you board the helicopter for your first flight over the pinnacles of the lower icefall. Here, the ice is in constant motion. You then circle the upper icefall and Victoria Falls before landing.
Your landing site on the ice is a remote and exceptionally beautiful part of the glacier. At this stage, your guide outfits you with crampons, specially designed for these ice conditions and you follow the ice steps cut by your guide as you explore the amazing formations and ice caves which are only seen here.
Each departure is a true voyage of exploration. There are so many changing features that the guides always find something new. Weather permitting; ice time is up to 3 hours.
Please note that this is a natural and ever changing environment. Ice features change constantly and no guarantee can be given that specific features will be seen.


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CANCELLATION POLICY

If a cancellation is made within 24 hours of arrival day, loss of 100% of the total booking price.