It is wonderful to be back in the small alpine village of Fox Glacier in the South Island of New Zealand – This really is a stunning part of the world for photography and I was very much looking forward to coming back. It has almost been two years since I was last here in winter 2009 with Capture New Zealand Photography Tours. There was a lot more snow around in 2009 and it was a lot colder, but the town is otherwise much as I remember it.

After a cloudless sunrise this morning at Matheson’s Lake I decided to hike up to the carving face of Fox Glacier for some more photography. The hike is relatively short these days (roughly 30 minutes from the car park to the terminal face viewing area) since the new track has been built. I was totally unprepared for the amount the glacier has receded upon reaching the viewing area – it is almost unrecognisable. I would estimate more than 200 metres has simply vanished (melted) from the glaciers length and I am told that the glacier is now retreating at an ever increasing rate – a clear indication of global warming at work.

Terminal Face of Fox Glacier


  1. ben coope
    Posted March 1, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Your ice photos are always amazing.
    If you couldnt get into a helicoper to shoot the glaciers is there anywhere you recommend as a must see/shoot location in this area?

    • Posted March 1, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Definitely try for helicopter if you can. If not, its well worth the hike up to the terminal face of Fox Glacier.


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    Posted June 21, 2011 at 11:46 am | Permalink | Reply

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