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Walking on Ice – Fox Glacier in New Zealand

As you should know by now: we’re all about trying new things and experiencing new adventures. Walking on Ice and exploring the Fox Glacier in New Zealand simply had to be done! One of my favourite questions I ask people is: when was the last time you did something for the first time? If your answer is ‘I can’t remember’, I really think you should go out there and start to change that – right now!

If you do happen to travel to New Zealand in the future and are looking for an out-of-the-ordinary experience and something different to do while you are here: consider booking a Helihike with Fox Glacier Guiding.

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Helihike 'Flying Fox' with Fox Glacier Guiding Fox Glacier in New Zealand

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What is it exactly?

The Flying Fox adventure – also known as a ‘Helihike’ – is a fly-in & fly-out helicopter experience paired with the excitement of hiking a glacier with crampons. In other words: you get to walk on ice ice, baby! You will explore ice caves and arches of glistening frozen water in a spectacular winter wonderland. It is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The kind of luxury everyone should invest once in their lives.

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Helihike 'Flying Fox' with Fox Glacier Guiding Fox Glacier in New Zealand

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So what did we think of it?

We loved it. Honestly, it was one of the coolest things we have ever done! I have also never flown in a helicopter before – so the thrill of flying up to the glacier and flying back down again with the incredible view of mountains and valleys all around…need I say more?

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Helihike 'Flying Fox' with Fox Glacier Guiding Fox Glacier in New Zealand

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The hike itself was relatively easy – you have a really good grip thanks to your crampons and the guides from Fox Glacier Guiding make sure to always keep an eye on you at all times. They also brief you extensively on how to attach them properly, how to walk and what not to do to ensure your safety is guaranteed at all times.

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Helihike 'Flying Fox' with Fox Glacier Guiding Fox Glacier in New Zealand

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Our guide for the day Kristen, a lovely Kiwi lady, wowed us all with her courage when she yet again disappeared into one of the caves to see whether we could climb into another ice cave – she was making sure that she would only take us to the safest hidden treasures. She attached ropes for us on those really tricky steep bits so we could get the most out of this unforgettable day. Not to mention her handling of the pickaxe when she swiftly paved new ways for us and constructed new steps for us to climb on.

It was surreal!

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Helihike 'Flying Fox' with Fox Glacier Guiding Fox Glacier in New Zealand

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My favourite part was when we had to crawl through a really tight opening and tunnel our way to the other side – it was a bit freaky and probably not for those who suffer from claustrophobic conditions – but hey, life starts at the end of your comfort zone and I definitely pushed myself as I did not want to miss out on feeling like a veritable ice queen!

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Helihike 'Flying Fox' with Fox Glacier Guiding Fox Glacier in New Zealand

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Where can you book?

Click here to access Fox Glacier Guiding’s website for more information and to book your spot of ice crampon craziness! Yes, it’s not cheap – but if you are looking to do something unforgettable – it’s definitely worth it. They have daily departures at 8:50am and 11:50 am (in the summer months at 2.50pm) and it takes about 4 hours. Bring sunscreen lotion and a bottle of water! I filled up mine with some fresh ice water. Make sure to bring your camera – good mood – and a big thirst for adventure!

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Fox Glacier in New Zealand

Where are they based?

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On the Westcoast of the South Island. Look for the big building with the FOX sign – honestly, you can’t miss it.

Happy Hiking!

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Heart IconWhen was the last time you did something for the first time? Have you ever walked on ice? I would love to hear your comments in the section below.

 

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**I received a complimentary helihike – but as always – i’m giving my honest opinion.

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6 Comments

  • Gemma

    01.09.2015 at 16:17 Reply

    Ahh, this brings back memories! I did this about a year ago and it was amazing, looks like you had better weather though! I couldn’t get over how blue the ice was, it was awesome! And because I’m a shortie I got to sit in the front of the helicopter on the way, the views were great.
    For anyone wanting to go, I recommend giving yourself a few days in case the weather stops you, and actually, it’s better to go in Winter as it’s less likely to rain!

    • Serendipity Tess

      28.09.2015 at 10:30 Reply

      Hi Gemma! We were sooooo lucky indeed with the weather! I still can’t believe how lucky actually 🙂 It was sooo much fun! I also sat in front on our way down and I had butterflies in my belly from all the excitement!

  • Annabella Dean

    11.08.2016 at 03:34 Reply

    Judging by your stunning photos it looks like you had quite an adventure… I haven’t had the courage to hike Fox Glacier yet, but I have had the opportunity to admire its beauty from the comfort of a helicopters cockpit. Thank you for sharing Tess 🙂
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    • Serendipity Tess

      11.08.2016 at 09:57 Reply

      Hi Annabella, thank you for your lovely comment — and thank you for the compliment on the photographs. It was an incredible experience and I enjoyed it thouroughly! I also highly recommend the activity!!

  • emily Liberatore

    29.01.2017 at 09:50 Reply

    Looks amazing! I am scheduled for a hike next week. Wondering what type of pants you are wearing? Snow pants (like my ski pants) or are they thinner? And how many layers do you have under them?

    Thanks!

    • Serendipity Tess

      07.02.2017 at 16:44 Reply

      Hey Emily, I wore merino wool leggings, thick merino wool socks and my trecking trousers (they weren’t even waterproof) and I was perfectly fine 🙂 Have fun!! You will have an absolute blast! 🙂

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