The best times to visit Fox Glacier for ideal weather are

December 3rd to April 1st

based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.



Other Fox Glacier Travel Info

Weather in Fox Glacier


Average temperatures in Fox Glacier vary little. Considering humidity, temperatures feel cold for about half of the year and otherwise nice with a chance of rain or snow throughout most of the year. The area is less temperate than some — in the 24th percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Fox Glacier, the hottest months are February, January, and then March. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally late January and early February where highs are regularly around 66.6°F (19.2°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 51.2°F (10.7°C) at night.

Fox Glacier Temperatures (Fahrenheit)


Fox Glacier Temperatures (Celsius)


“Feels-Like” Temperatures

The way we experience weather isn’t all about temperature. Higher temperatures affect us much more at higher humidity, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds. Our perceived temperatures factor in humidity and wind chill to better represent how hot or cold the day feels to a person.

Fox Glacier Perceived Temperature (F)


Fox Glacier Perceived Temperature (C)



Average Fox Glacier Temperatures by Month

Daily highs (averaged for the month) usually give the best indication of the weather. A significantly lower mean and low generally just means it gets colder at night.

Show Fahrenheit

Month Avg. High (°F) Avg. Mean (°F) Avg. Low (°F)
Jan 65.4 58.5 49.9
Feb 66.2 59.2 50.7
Mar 64.8 57.5 49.2
Apr 61.8 54.7 47.1
May 57.7 50.4 43.8
Jun 54.3 46.5 39.7
Jul 53.7 46 38.9
Aug 54.6 47.3 40
Sep 56.1 49 40.7
Oct 57.3 50.5 41.6
Nov 59.8 53 44.4
Dec 63.8 57.3 49.1

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 18.6 14.7 9.9
Feb 19 15.1 10.4
Mar 18.2 14.2 9.6
Apr 16.6 12.6 8.4
May 14.3 10.2 6.6
Jun 12.4 8.1 4.3
Jul 12.1 7.8 3.8
Aug 12.6 8.5 4.4
Sep 13.4 9.4 4.8
Oct 14.1 10.3 5.3
Nov 15.4 11.7 6.9
Dec 17.7 14.1 9.5



Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Fox Glacier are February, November, and then March. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around early to mid February. For example, on the week of February 12th there is 1 day of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in mid October with an average of 4 days of significant precipitation the week of October 15th.

When can you find snow in Fox Glacier? Weather stations report no annual snow. Please note that a value of 0 for snow in the graph below may either mean there was no snow, or that snow is unreported.

Chance of Precipitation

The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Fox Glacier.

Days with precipitation

Snow on the Ground

The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Fox Glacier (in).

Snow depth

Average Rain and Snow by Month

Show Inches

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (in) Total Precipitation (in)
Jan 36% 0 10.8
Feb 27% 0 6.6
Mar 34% 0 8.6
Apr 38% 0 8.2
May 41% 0 9.2
Jun 38% 0 8.8
Jul 38% 0 7.8
Aug 37% 0 8.5
Sep 42% 0 9.5
Oct 47% 0 10.8
Nov 34% 0 8.5
Dec 37% 0 11.3

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 36 0 27.4
Feb 27 0 16.8
Mar 34 0 21.8
Apr 38 0 20.8
May 41 0 23.4
Jun 38 0 22.4
Jul 38 0 19.8
Aug 37 0 21.6
Sep 42 0 24.1
Oct 47 0 27.4
Nov 34 0 21.6
Dec 37 0 28.7


Humidity and Wind

Fox Glacier has some extremely humid months, and high humidity throughout the year. The least humid month is July (71% relative humidity), and the most humid month is February (82.5%).

Wind in Fox Glacier is usually calm. The windiest month is October, followed by July and June. October’s average wind speed of around 6.5 knots (7.4 MPH or 11.9 KPH) is considered “a light breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in mid October where average top sustained speeds reach 14 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Fox Glacier.

Avg. Relative Humidity


The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.

Max Sustained Wind
Average Daily Wind

Average Wind Speeds

Show Wind Speeds

All wind speeds are in knots. 1 knot = 1.15 MPH or 1.85 KPH.

Month Avg. Wind Avg. Wind Feel Sustained High Wind High Wind Feel
Jan 4.7 Light breeze 10.8 Gentle breeze
Feb 3.9 Barely noticeable 9.2 Gentle breeze
Mar 4.6 Light breeze 10.1 Gentle breeze
Apr 5 Light breeze 10.5 Gentle breeze
May 5.6 Light breeze 10.7 Gentle breeze
Jun 6.2 Light breeze 11.6 Significant breeze
Jul 6.4 Light breeze 11.1 Gentle breeze
Aug 5.4 Light breeze 10.4 Gentle breeze
Sep 5.9 Light breeze 11.9 Gentle breeze
Oct 6.5 Light breeze 13.4 Significant breeze
Nov 5.7 Light breeze 12.3 Gentle breeze
Dec 5.2 Light breeze 11.6 Significant breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 82.3%
Feb 82.5%
Mar 80.8%
Apr 79.2%
May 77.3%
Jun 73.8%
Jul 71%
Aug 76.6%
Sep 77.9%
Oct 78.2%
Nov 79.3%
Dec 82.4%


Is it Safe to Travel to Fox Glacier?

Our best data indicates this area is generally safe. As of Oct 07, 2019 there are no travel advisories or warnings for New Zealand; exercise normal security precautions. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories. This advisory was last updated on Sep 30, 2019.


The Busiest and Least Crowded Months

The busiest month for tourism in Fox Glacier, New Zealand is March, followed by July and June. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit Fox Glacier in November. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.

Estimated Tourism by Month


Most Popular Months to Visit

Tourists Seeking Accommodations

Tourism graph is based on Google searches for services used by tourists relative to the rest of the year. Tourism data for this area is extrapolated based on nearby areas. Displayed data is calculated relative to the peak, so a score of 56.6 in November means 56.6% of the tourists vs. March.



Overall Fox Glacier Travel Experience by Season

Fall (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderate. Highs range from 65.2°F (18.4°C) and 55.6°F (13.1°C) with colder temperatures in the later months. Rain is very common with 10 to 13 days of significant precipitation per month. Fall is the second busiest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for things to do.

Winter (June through August)

The middle-year months have cold weather with high temperatures that are still jacket weather. These months see moderate precipitation with 11 to 12 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Fox Glacier, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.

Spring (September through November)

Spring daily highs range from 61.2°F (16.2°C) and 55.3°F (12.9°C), which will feel chilly given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a good amount: 10 to 15 days per month. Tourism is fairly slow during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be lower priced.

Summer (December through February)

Weather is somewhat cool this time of year in Fox Glacier to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 66.6°F (19.2°C) and 63°F (17.2°C). On average, it rains or snows a great amount: 8 to 12 times per month. These times of year are the slowest with tourists.


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