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Fourth of July on Fox Glacier New Zealand

Fox Glacier

Making vacation plans for July 4th? Why not opt for something completely unconventional and clamber up New Zealand’s epic Fox Glacier. Don’t worry, you can include totally American activities like hot-dog eating and beer drinking. (Reading this and thinking, but I’m not American…? Well, I still think it’s a good idea for any nationality to hike Fox Glacier and enjoy a pre or apres beer and hotdog!)


We booked our tour with Alpine Guides Fox Glacier and had an amazing experience! There are several hiking options, but we chose the half-day Fox Trot (isn’t that cute?)

Fox Glacier


Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier

Armed with water bottles full of wine (what? We were celebrating the 4th!) and water, we hiked for about an hour alongside the glacier, up around and through the forest. Parched? No problem. Just hold your water bottle under the fresh ice melt for some pure, ice-cold goodness.


Then we fitted ourselves with these…

Fox Glacier


To walk on this.

Fox Glacier

Those are people. That glacier is huge!

Fox Glacier

We didn’t actually climb with pickaxes, more walked up ice stairs like these:


This image reminds me of the first time I saw Superman, when Clark was on his crystalline planet Krypton. Right?! Glacier hiking was one of those items very high on my bucket list (I kind of hate the term bucket list, by the way, but I’m not sure of any other substitute phrase for “list of things I want to do in my life” at the moment). I don’t think I could wipe that silly grin off my face all day long.

Fox Glacier



Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier

Franz Josef is another popular glacier to hike in Kiwi land (check out my friend Alli’s post here). Can’t make it to New Zealand but want to hike on a glacier? Check out glacier hiking in Norway or Switzerland, if you are Europe-bound. In the U.S., head to Alaska or Montana.

fox glacier

I love the contrast of the blue and red in this photo.

Here’s the kicker: our guide was from the U.S.! Minnesota to be exact. He actually kind of looked like our friend, Ed, who is also from Minnesota. (I love saying Minnesota in my head with that mid-Western, Fargo-ish accent, ya, Men-es-O-tah). Anyway, I thought that was pretty interesting, having an American guide in NZ. Apparently it’s pretty easy to get a working visa for New Zealand, if you can basically contribute to society in any meaningful way… The wheels in my bead are turning.


And I mentioned apres-ski hike, right? The Cook Saddle Cafe and Saloon was the perfect spot to cozy up by the fire with a glass of wine and some tasty food.


We stayed at Glacier Lane B&B, where Chris and Tamra treated us like personal guests in their home. Offering us wine from their personal collection and snuggle time with their pooch, they encouraged us to make ourselves at home while they went out for date night. How relaxing and calming to wind down after a full day of ice climbing and feel totally at home.

All of our eleven days in New Zealand were epic, but Fox Glacier on the 4th, it was one for the books!! What are your plans for the 4th of July, or the summer in general? Do have glacial aspirations? Have you ever hiked on a glacier before?

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13 Responses to Fourth of July on Fox Glacier New Zealand

  1. alliblair June 19, 2013 at 7:03 AM #

    Awesome! Great pics!!

  2. jillabon June 19, 2013 at 7:21 AM #

    I soooo wish we had time to have done this on our honeymoon in NZ! Guess we have to go back one day….. 🙂

    • The Traveluster June 20, 2013 at 2:35 PM #

      Oh, yea! Family trip to New Zealand! We’re going back for sure!

  3. Expat Eye June 19, 2013 at 9:50 AM #

    Great pics! It’s an amazing experience – I was there around 10 years ago!

    • The Traveluster June 20, 2013 at 2:35 PM #

      Thanks Linda! Hopefully my post brought back some fond memories for you!

      • Expat Eye June 20, 2013 at 2:51 PM #

        It did! I also remembered that I was walking like I got off a horse for around 4 days afterwards 😉

  4. Marie-Elena June 19, 2013 at 1:01 PM #

    Thoroughly enjoy every one of your blogs! I feel as though I am right there with you. Please take me along and keep your great adventures coming! We are headed out west for the summer and an Alaskan cruise.

    • The Traveluster June 20, 2013 at 2:30 PM #

      Thanks Marie-Elena! I’m so glad you enjoy my blog!! Have so much fun on your Alaska cruise! That should be nice and cooooool!!!

  5. l-jeezy June 20, 2013 at 11:12 AM #

    stunning. absolutely stunning.

  6. Sara Catella June 20, 2013 at 2:51 PM #

    wonderful Lindsay….is on my list now 🙂

  7. westiedad June 28, 2013 at 3:09 PM #

    I always like reading others’ impressions of NZ. Glad you enjoyed it. I also did the Fox climb a few years back, along with rafting at the end. That was damn cold water!


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