Enjoy this pleasant short walk and get a great view of Fox Glacier and the opportunity to cross a historic suspension bridge.
About the walk
How long will it take? This is a 1.8km 40-minute return walk, return via the same track.
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 200m from the car park, the River Walk track branches off and continues downhill, passing a great viewpoint of Fox Glacier Te Moeka o Tūawe along the way.
The track then continues through the forest before crossing the Fox River by a 70m long suspension bridge, built in 1929 at a cost of 1200 pounds.
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To get a real grasp of the magnitude of these glaciers and their power we also approached one of them on foot through a valley that it just retracted from in the past few decades. The terrain was rough but beautiful, with markers reminding us how quickly the ice is melting making the trek longer and longer - until eventually there won't be anything to trek to.. #glacierwalk #foxglacier #globalwarming #meltingice #glaciervalley #roadtripnz #workingholidaynz #travelcouple
There are two access points to this track. Drive south for 2km 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 halfway up the access road.