Chalet Lookout Track

Track category

Walking track

Time:  

1 hr 30 min return

Distance:  

3.6 km return

Description

Chalet Lookout. Photo. Kelsey Murkeley.
View from the Chalet Lookout

Crossing mountain streams, the Chalet Lookout Track leads to a lookout which offers excellent views of the lower icefall of Fox Glacier Te Moeka o Tuawe.

The track winds gently up through rata and kamahi forest along an old glacier access road which was built in 1937, passing by a huge boulder, called ‘Bivvy Rock’ – typical of the natural shelters used by trampers and climbers. 

Ten minutes past Bivvy Rock, the track climbs more steeply up to a moraine dumped by the glacier in 1750 AD and continues on to the unbridged Mills Creeks. Watch for the marker across the creek where the track re-enters the forest. As you come to the end of the track, a clearing marks the site of the historic Chalet Hut, a luncheon hut used during the early days of glacier walks.

Fording the streams on this trail can be dangerous during and after heavy rain – take care, and turn back if you are unsure. The track may be closed during periods of heavy rain and flooding.

Getting there

Drive south for 2 km from Fox Glacier Weheka township, and turn left immediately after crossing the Fox River bridge. The Glacier View Road is narrow and unsealed so drive carefully to the car park at the end of this road. The track can also be accessed via the River Walk from the Fox Glacier access road.

Places to stay

There are a number of accommodation options in Fox Glacier Weheka.

Plan and prepare

  • Check the current track conditions and weather forecasts at the local DOC office (Fox Glacier Weheka township) or the Westland Tai Poutini National Park Visitor Centre and i-SITE before starting your trip.
  • Always take warm and waterproof clothing as the weather can change rapidly. 
  • Carry drinking water, insect repellent and sun protection at all times.

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Westland Tai Poutini National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 3 752 0796
Address:   13 State Highway 6
Franz Josef Glacier 7856
Email:   westlandnpvc@doc.govt.nz
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Franz Josef Glacier Base
Phone:      +64 3 752 0796
Email:   westlandnpvc@doc.govt.nz
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