Chalet Lookout Track

Chalet Lookout Track

Westland Tai Poutini National Park



17 Rankers Reviews

16 Face-to-Face

12 Fox Glacier



View from the look out


Time: 1 hr 30 min return the Chalet Lookout Track leads to a lookout which offers excellent views of the lower icefall of Fox Glacier Te Moeka o Tuawe.

The track winds gently up through rata and kamahi forest along an old glacier access road, passing by a huge boulder, called ‘Bivvy Rock’ – typical of the natural shelters used by trampers and climbers.

Ten minutes past Bivvy Rock, the track climbs more steeply up to a moraine dumped by the glacier in 1750 AD and continues on to the unbridged Mills Creeks. Watch for the marker across the creek where the track re-enters the forest. As you come to the end of the track, a clearing marks the site of the historic Chalet Hut, a luncheon hut used during the early days of glacier walks.

Fording the streams on this trail can be dangerous during and after heavy rain – take care, and turn back if you are unsure. The track may be closed during periods of heavy rain and flooding.


Feature Value Info


South IslandWest CoastFox Glacier


  • Walking
  • Free



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Caleigh's avatar



Ranking: 9/10

A moderate walk through luscious rainforest to see a stunning view of Fox Glacier without the crowds.

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Ranking: 8/10

Short (one hour return) walk to a nice spot to view the glacier. Most parts of the glacier are covered in dark gravel and sand. Still some ice can be seen. Enjoy it before it is gone.

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Andy Jobst


Ranking: 5/10

Some closed tracks!

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in December 2014

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Simon Tanguy


Ranking: 5/10

Nice campsite with good people. One of the owners was not very nice. The kitchen was not really tidy everyday.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Henrik Suefke

United Kingdom

Ranking: 5/10

If you are a glacier lover or if you have never seen ice, this is for you but for ice and snow accustomed europeans, the glacier, at least in summer, feels dirty and less impressive than expected. The walk there is dusty and somewhat boring.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Ene Pold


Ranking: 3/10

We visited Fox Glacier in the summer and were not (ignorantly so) expecting to see the glacier covered in rubble. The walk was not very clear (many turned around), and the end was a very steep walk up a hill. You were rewarded with a clear view of the glacier though.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Sybille Willenbrock


Ranking: 8/10

Fantastic view to a Glacier nearby. Very interesting facts about Glaciers.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Luca Maria Willensrock


Ranking: 7/10

Easy and quick walk to the lookout over the glacier, must see!

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Johanna Kofler


Ranking: 9/10

Hilly walk, not too hard with perfect view of the glacier.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Bex Hyland

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

A great walk through bush, steep in places, river crossings, be careful as not crossable after heavy rain. View at the end, well worth it - beautiful!

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Tom Somers


Ranking: 8/10

Nice view and good information panels along the track.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Steve Maona


Ranking: 8/10

Good length.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Joshua Perry

United States

Ranking: 7/10

From the two view points Fox Glacier is worth the walk even if you don't walk on it. Very impressive.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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