Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Northern Fox

Fox Glacier, West Coast

Submitted by Stephanie Berry

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Grunt Factor: 6 ?

Gnarl Factor: 12 ?








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Type of Run

Urban fringe

Out and Back

Totally/mostly flat

Native bush


Run Makeup


Sealed Road

Easy Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +4.1%

Average Downhill Gradient: -4.1%


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Leave your car in Fox township and head south along the main road. Depending on where you start the track beginning is approx 400 - 500m from the township proper. The track is well marked on your left before the road narrows.

Update Dec 2020: The ladder has been removed, this means climbing down a 10 foot bank. There are plenty of tree roots to grab. Also at the end, the wee trail to see the swingbridge is closed as well, however if you go down the road a bit to the left and look back you can see the bridge.

Take this track and either follow the bike track or the walking track … the walking track meanders through slightly more dense bush but both come out at the same place … take one on the way out and the other on the way back. You will follow this track as it meanders through the stunning bush for about 2kms. The track undulates but is an overall very gentle climb as you head up the river.

You will come to where the track meets the road that once was and a danger sign. Please don't climb through the ropes … the road is heavily undercut and very dangerous. Here you will get an amazing view of the landslide that wiped out the road and the landfill filling the Fox River with rubbish. From here you will notice a small track cut out on your left. If you wish you can follow this track through the bush and then climb down a well fastened ladder which will lead you out onto the road. From here follow the road for about 30 metres and then hook a left back onto the track. This will lead you to the closed off swing bridge and the end of the road. Please adhere to all the closed signs. They're there for a reason.

Return the way you came … don't miss the turnoff back to the ladder on your right as it's not signposted … it's just before the road drops away to the river. Once back on the true track you'll have a blast running through the bush back to your car on a well formed track.

NZ's largest active landslide is visible towards the end of this track. Glow worms if you're out in the dark and are brave enough to turn off your headlamp.

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Plenty of on street parking around the township.

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Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map


The weather can change dramatically in minutes and get very wet and cold. Be prepared.

Please don't go near the edge of the road where it drops off and adhere to all danger signs.

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Garry Walker

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Trail Reviews

I feel I am being generous giving two stars... the majority of this trail is what I would call tourist footpath... wide solid well built hard packed gravel. The pluses... totally native bush is quiet and lovely. You get to see the damage nature can do... and the Minihaha trail at the start - although still footpath like - is a little gem... I would do it both ways.

Mike Tennent

December 29, 2020

Good short run.

Ben Walker

December 29, 2020

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