South Island, New Zealand
From its origin in the mountains on the western side of the South Island, New Zealand’s Fox Glacier descends roughly a mile and a half over the course of its eight mile long track, coming to an end amidst temperate rainforest less than a quarter mile from the sea.1 2 Although relatively small in comparison to nearby Tasman Glacier, Fox Glacier is as much as 1,000 feet thick even within the valley where its terminus sits.3 4
Fox Glacier is one of the world’s most easily accessed glaciers. That, combined with its close proximity to other landmarks such as Aoraki/Mount Cook, Mount Tasman, and Lake Matheson helps make it one of the most visited glaciers in New Zealand, too.
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- Fox Glacier & Lake Matheson. Glacier Country. Accessed 26 Apr. 2014.
- Fox Glacier Area. Department of Conservation. Accessed 26 Apr. 2014.
- McSaveney, Eileen. Tasman, Franz Josef, and Fox Glaciers. Te Ara—The Encyclopedia of New Zealand. 13 July 2012. Accessed 26 Apr. 2014.
- Fox Glacier & Franz Josef Glacier. 100% Pure New Zealand. Accessed 26 Apr. 2014.