One of New Zealand's great scenic icons is Lake Matheson, the famous reflection lake, which lies just 6km from Fox Glacier.
On a still, clear day, this tranquil lake provides a picture-perfect reflection of New Zealand's highest peaks, Aoraki (Mount Cook) and Mount Tasman. The surface is a perfect natural mirror.
The view is best at sunrise and sunset. An easy 40 minute walk takes you to the first viewing platform, and a complete circuit of the lake can be completed in one and a half hours.
Historic Gillespie's Beach, a wilderness of crashing surf and distant snow capped mountains, is best known for its seal colony and colourful gold mining history, and is approximately 25 minutes west by car.
We are happy to assist with sightseeing tours offering a range of enthralling guided walking excursions from half a day to 2 days duration to explore the spectacular ice formations. All companies provide professional guides that give full explanations regarding the geological features, flora and fauna of the area.
Helicopter and fixed wing aircraft provide the excitement of exploring a wild and remote part of the glacier offering scenic flights and snow landings amidst New Zealand's highest peaks overlooking the glaciers.
We are able to offer our guests discounted Scenic Helicopter Flights with the local operators.We can also advise on expert guided mountaineering trips, instruction courses, ski tours and special interest trips amongst New Zealand's highest peaks.