New Zealand’s west coast glaciers are unique and are probably the most accessible glaciers in the world, as they terminate amongst lush temperate rainforest just 250 metres above sea level. Nowhere else does this happen! Glaciers constantly advance and retreat, held in the delicate balance by the accumulation of snow gained in the upper glacier and ice melting in the lower part. An increase in snowfall at the neve will result in the glacier advancing. Correspondingly, a faster melt will result in the glacier retreating. Overall Fox Glacier has been advancing since 1985.
The Overnight Chancellor Dome Heli-Trek
The Overnight Chancellor Dome Heli-Trek involves a mountain ascent staying at the historic Chancellor Hut thus allowing you to explore the glacier on the second day. This includes helicopter flight to the glaciers midway, ice climbing and trekking, and is suitable for people who are of a good level of fitness & agility.