The Department of Conservation says the Fox Glacier access road and the track to the Fox Glacier viewpoint are now open. Flooding in early November caused a large debris flow to block the river and seriously damage the access road. Wayne Costello, South Westland Operations Manager says a massive landslide in the head of Mills Creek causing all the issues is still very active and is being closely monitored. “We expect that future heavy rain events will cause further movement of the landslide and will mobilise more large debris flows that could once again destroy the access into the glacier valley.” Despite the active landslip DOC and NZTA decided to reinstate access to the glacier valley this time, and work to repair the road and track has been underway since the start of December.
Fox Glacier Guiding has advised that "The Fox Trail: Terminal Face Walk" has recommenced operations but the Fox Glacier Valley remains susceptible to further movement which could cause closure again.
With the changing face of the Fox Glacier Valley, there is no better time to visit this area and also highlights the advantages of a guided walk:
They are currently operating the summer departure timetable for the Fox Trail: Terminal Face walk which is 9:10am and 3:30pm daily when environmental conditions allow. The duration is approx 2.5 hours.