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Fox and Fox Glacier are about half way along the west coast of South Island. Fox is a small town with a hotel, a store, post office, a camp site and last but not least a tourist information office. From Fox you can catch a helicopter ride up to the Glacier and around the mountains.
There is considerable amount to see and do in and around the area. There is Lake Matheson just a few kilometres down the road which is a must if you are in the area and have time. If you intend staying in the area for any length of time it is worth getting up early to catch the lake as the sun rises.

There is a viewing point above the glacier where you get a majestic view of the valley and the glacier which is a good starting point to appreciate the geography.

Fox glacier seen from the view point
After this you can then walk upto the face of the glacier. Also you can take a organised walk on the glacier with a guide.
There is a choice of accommodation at Fox. The hotel which is very good and welcoming,the Camp site which is of a high standard with full facilities for cooking and washing.

There are power points for camper vans to connect to, there are also some basic but comfortable cabins and there is the area for the tents which has a magnificent view of the glacier and South Alps as illustrated on the right.

For the artist there is a wealth of material to keep you busy either for sketching or producing the finished article.
From Fox you can take a bus south to the start of the Copland track that leads over into the Mount Cook National park. Fox is the ideal resting place prior to starting the track or after having finished where you can chill out and have a well deserved hot shower.
A view of Fox and the Southern Alps from the Fox camp site.