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Fox Glacier Landslip

Fox Glacier Landslip

Dec 17, 2018    Kelly Leonard
Fox Glacier Landslip

On the weekend of 03 - 04 November 2018 walking and road access to the Fox Glacier Valley was restricted due to heavy rain which triggered a large landslip and caused the river to flow over the road.
However this landslip has not affected the main highway to Fox Glacier or Haast which remains open.

Whilst there is no current access by walkers onto the Fox Glacier Valley at this time, scenic flights over Fox Glacier are still operating as normal.

The Department of Conversation has advised that whilst they are unsure how long access to the valley will be restricted for at this time, they are assessing options once it is safe to conduct necessary work and will be seeking advice from geotechnical and civil engineers when looking at options for remediation work.

Fox Glacier Slip

The main sightseeing operators in Fox Glacier have advised the following with regards to their Fox Glacier Tour options:

Glacier Valley Eco Tours
Whilst Department of Conversation is continuing to monitor the situation and how long the valley will be restricted, Glacier Valley Eco Tours have advised that the Fox Glacier Eco Tour will be cancelled until 30 November 18 at this stage. They will reassess this situation once more information is advised. With the Franz Josef Valley open, Glacier Valley Eco Tours are still operating their Franz Josef Eco Tour as well as their Lake Matheson and Okarito Tours as normal. Note there will be a slight tour amendment to their current Full Day Franz Josef/Fox Glacier & Lake Matheson Tour which will temporarily become a Franz Josef/Lake Matheson Combo or Franz Josef/Okarito/Lake Matheson Combo or Franz Josef Full Day (via Roberts Point Track).

Fox Glacier Guiding
With the Fox Glacier Valley Road impacting on their Fox Trail: Terminal Face Walk, Fox Glacier Guiding has currently suspended this tour for the foreseeable future, so we do ask that you remove this tour option from sale in your systems if you have it loaded. All other tour options through Fox Glacier Guiding as listed below continue to operate as normal.

The Flying Fox: Heli Hike
The Extreme Fox: All Day Heli Hike Adventure
Fox It Up: Heli Ice Climbing
Browne Fox Chancellor Dome Experiences

Once more clarify around this landslip and future operations in the Fox Glacier Valley are known we will provide an update. For any existing and future bookings on the above effected tours, please be assured our team are currently working on these and will be in contact with you (if applicable).