I'm planning a trip to New Zealand, and I'd like to have a look at the Fox Glacier. Are there trails that I can walk with my own group, or do I have to pay a tour guide to see the glacier?
There are trails you can use to hike to (or near) the glacier on your own. There are signs positioned daily showing the safe limit.
Most people use guides for travel on the Fox Glacier. You are allowed to hike on the Fox Glacier without a guide, IF you have the proper equipment and experience. You need a rope, crampons, helmet, ice axe, etc. Solo travel is not recommended.
Westland Tai Poutini National Park
State Highway 6, Franz Josef
phone 03 752 0796