This is a really worthwhile walk with amazing views over Fox Glacier and out to the coast. However, it is increadibly steep and does require a really early start and a pocket of fine West Coast weather to ensure that you get to see the awesome views!
||1,345 m (4,413 ft)
||South Island, New Zealand
||43° 29′ 49″ S, 170° 0′ 4″ E
|LINZ Topographic map/s
||BX15 Fox Glacier
||8 hours (return)
||7.4 km (4.6 mi)
||Thirsty Culvert, SH 6, approx 3km south of Fox Glacier
||Marked Route, Scramble, Ladders/Ropes, Steep embankments, Overgrown track, Snow/Ice (seasonal)
||You could walk up here all year round. However, if you want to avoid the snow and icy conditions the summer months are probably the most appropriate.
||Views, Birds, Bush, Forest , Awesome views of Fox Glacier, its neve and the Southern Alps in one direction, views out to the coast in the other. Fantastic!
||Alpine weather, Snow, Mist, High winds, Avalanches, Lack of signage
Drive approx 3km south from Fox Glacier to Thirsty Culvert where there is a small layby that you can park in.
Google Earth Map
Our Recommended Route
Straight up the hill from SH6. It’s a bit of a gut buster, but well worth the effort if you get there before the clouds come in. Some amazing views.
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