Sunset over Fox Glacier
Maximum 4 participants per guide
Trekkers on Chancellor Ridge in front of the Fox Glacier
Evening light on crevasses on the Fox Glacier
A storm clears on the Fox Glacier
Westland Glaciers Trek
Experience the remote upper areas of the spectacular Franz Josef and Fox glaciers in the Westland National Park. Fly over the lush West Coast rainforest, up the Franz Josef Glacier to the upper nevés. Hike between alpine huts taking in some easy peaks to admire the breathtaking views out over the Tasman Sea before returning down via Fox Glacier - a spectacular high alpine round trip.
The Westland Glaciers Trek is a challenging 6 day alpine adventure in Westland National Park. Trekkers fly in to either Centennial or Pioneer Hut a the top of the Franz Josef or Fox Glaciers, spend the next 4 days exploring the upper glacier neves, soaking in the amazing scenery and trekking to the top of some non-technical peaks before flying back out.
This 6-day trip has been developed for trekkers who have already done the Ball Pass Crossing and seek a new challenge. It's a great combination of glacier trekking and some introductory level mountaineering.
|returning client discount (on individual bookings), if you have been on an Alpine Recreation trip before.|
|Group Booking Discounts (NZ$ per person)|
- IFMGA/NZMGA certified mountain guide
- National Park fees
- Hut accommodation
- Local accommodation for any nights required during the trip
- Free surface transport (Tekapo - Fox Glacier return)
- ALL meals (including snacks & energy bars) for the duration of the trip
- ALL mountaineering and trekking equipment
Meals and accommodation before/after the trip are NOT included.
+Minimum & Maximum Numbers
A minimum number of 2 participants is required to run this trip. If you end up being the only person booked on the trip, you will be offered the choice of:
- paying an additional fee of NZ
- rescheduling to another trip/date
- a full refund
The maximum number of participants per guide is 4. The maximum group size is 8, with 2 guides.
Take advantage of our group booking discounts and get a group of family and friends together. The amount of discount you will be eligible for will depend on the group size - the more people you book, the more your discount will be! If our scheduled dates don't suit your group's travel plans, please contact us as we can reschedule a trip to suit (subject to guide availability).
Please note that group bookings are not private bookings - if you wish to keep your group closed (ie. you have a private guide just for your group), a surcharge will apply. Alterntatively you can book a group of 4 or 8 (which will ensure there are no others in your group).
Westland Glaciers Trek dates are scheduled on a case by case basis - please contact us with the dates you would like. We recommend that you settle guiding dates well in advance as guide availability during peak season is limited. Please allow extra time in case you are held up in the mountains due to weather.
Venue: Pioneer & Centennial Huts
Previous Experience & Agility
Trekking Fitness & Endurance
It is essential that participants are fit enough to walk out from the high mountain venue. This involves hiking with a full pack (approximately 20kg) over sometimes rough ground for 8-12 hours.
Previous mountaineering experience and good cramponing skills are essential.
8am gear check at Alpine Recreation's Edelweiss Lodge, 8 Erebus Place, Lake Tekapo. Drive to Fox Glacier via Haast Pass and through the South Westland World Heritage Area. We pause for a walk to a beach with wild surf, where sometimes penguins can be observed. 6 hours driving. 1 hour walking.
Fly by helicopter from Fox Glacier to Centennial or Pioneer Hut at the top of the Franz Josef or Fox Glaciers. Refresh crampon, ice-axe and self arrest skills on and around Mt Jervois or Grey Peak. Practise roping up for glacier travel. 6 hours.
Travel to the watershed of the Fox and Franz Glaciers and climb Mt Von Bulow which affords excellent views over the Westland region. 5-7 hours.
Travel to Marcel Col at just over 3000m on the Main Divide walking below the towering peaks of Haast and Lendenfeld. 5-7 hours.
Descend to Chancellor Hut at the head of the Fox Glacier. Fly out to Fox Glacier township. 4-5 hours.
Return to Tekapo.
This is a sample itinerary. There is some flexibility with this programme to work around unfavourable weather or glacier access conditions (eg. Days 5-6 could be combined if necessary; or the flight in could occur on Day 1 or on Day 3, with ice climbing on the lower Fox Glacier as a substitute on Day 2.)
Alpine Recreation provides all trekking and mountaineering equipment. Outdoor clothing, packs and boots can also be provided at no extra cost if necessary.