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Fox Glacier

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.

40-cent New Zealand postage stamp picturing Fox Glacier on the South Island
Fox Glacier



  1. Fox Glacier & Lake Matheson. Glacier Country. Accessed 26 Apr. 2014.
  2. Fox Glacier Area. Department of Conservation. Accessed 26 Apr. 2014.
  3. McSaveney, Eileen. Tasman, Franz Josef, and Fox Glaciers. Te Ara—The Encyclopedia of New Zealand. 13 July 2012. Accessed 26 Apr. 2014.
  4. Fox Glacier & Franz Josef Glacier. 100% Pure New Zealand. Accessed 26 Apr. 2014.

Published 2018-06-18