River Walk

Track category

Walking track

Time:  

40 min return

Distance:  

1.5 km return

Description

View from the Fox River bridge.
View from the Fox River bridge

Take this pleasant short walk for a view of the glacier and the opportunity to cross a historic swing bridge. 

Starting from the car park at the end of the Glacier View road, follow the River Walk Lookout track as it winds down towards the river.  About 200 metres from the car park, the River Walk walking track branches off and continues downhill, passing a great viewpoint of Fox Glacier Te Moeka o Tuawe along the way. 

The track then continues through the forest before crossing the Fox River by a 70 metre long suspension bridge, built in 1929 at a cost of 1200 pounds.

Getting there

There are two access points to this track. 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 branches off the fully accessible River Walk Lookout track.

Alternatively, turn left before the Fox River bridge and park in the small car park on the right about half way up the 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 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.
  • View Visiting the Fox Glacier safely.

 

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Contacts

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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