Local Services

Church Services

Catholic Church services are held every 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month at Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church on Cook Flat Road.
Father Mike Mahoney, Whataroa can be contacted on 03 753 4140 or 021 033 746

Dry Cleaning

Fox Glacier Store are the agent for Dry Cleaning.
Ph: 03 751 0829


James Airey – Aotea Electric
Electric • Communications • Security
Ph: 027 515 5695
E: wc.service@aoteaelectric.co.nz

Todd Gallagher – First Electrical
Residential & Commercial
Ph: 021 0873 9113
E: todd@firstelectrical.co.nz

Emergency Services



Fox Glacier Fire Station is located on Cook Flat Road. Fire training is every 2nd Wednesday of the month at the Fire Station. New volunteers are always welcome.

Contact John Sullivan, Ph: 03 7510 828


The nearest police station is located on the main road in Franz Josef across the road from the Blue Ice Cafe.

Police take a tough stance on drink driving and public disorder. The police station is currently manned by two officers but is not open 24/7. They are usually on call when not on duty and will immediately respond to life/property threats as they happen. If it is an emergency where there is a risk of damage to property or injury to any person, dangerous driving complaint, search and rescue event or the offenders are still there, ring 111, not the station phone. For all other cases, leave a message on our phone. We live in a relatively crime-free area compared with other centres in New Zealand. Help us keep it that way.

Police Station: 03 7520 044
If you are unsure, call 111.

St John’s Ambulance

The ambulance is located at the Fox Glacier Emergency Centre behind the fire station on Cook Flat Road. New volunteers are always welcome.

Contact Malcolm Richards: 03 7510 775 or Steph Morgan: 03 7510 814

LandSAR South Westland

SAR operates out of Fox Glacier Emergency Centre behind the fire station on Cook Flat Road. New volunteers are always welcome.


Fox Glacier General Store is located on the Main Street. They stock a range of groceries, and a small selection of pharmacy only medicine.They have DVD hire, are the agent for West Coast Dry-Cleaning and are the local buyers of possum fur if you are looking to sell.

7.30 – 8pm in summer
8am – 6pm in Winter

Phone 03 7510 829


Inland Revenue visit Franz Josef and occasionally Fox Glacier.

Contact Greymouth IRD to book an appointment: 03 9060 317 or 03 9060 307.

Lawn mowing and Maintenance

Hardgraft Services offer lawnmoving, and other outdoor maintenance services.

Contact Dave Williams Ph: 027 3035 126


Fox Glacier Motors is our local mechanic located on the Main Road at the southern end of town. Fox Glacier Motors are the agent for Warrant of Fitness (WoF) checks.

Phone 03 7510 823


The library is located at the Community Centreand it is a free service. The library is open 12.00noon-5.30pm Monday-Friday. Be sure to sign out the book you borrow by recording the title and date, along with your name and phone number, in the register provided.
Please note: there is no free wi-fi service available at the library.

Medical Centre

In an EMERGENCY DIAL 111 and ask for an ambulance.
The Medical Centre is located at the northern end of town.

How the South Westland Area Practice Works:
To make a appointment with any South Westland Practice, call 0800 794 325 or 0800SWHealth.

Our virtual receptionist service is available Monday to Friday 08.30-18.00hrs. All calls will be answered in turn, so please stay on the line.

Outside of these hours, and at weekends, your call will be answered by a Registered Nurse, who will be able to give clinical advice or put your call through the RNS on call if appropriate.

Payment is always required at the time of appointment. Charges do apply for after-hours consultations.

We invite feedback on this service. Please speak to Jackie Cadigan – the Practice Manager based at the Franz Josef Clinic.
Phone: 0800 SW Health / 0800 794 325

Petrol Station

Fox Glacier Motors (NPD) is located on the main road at the southern end of town. Petrol, diesel and LGP are available. Fox Glacier Motors stock groceries, car care products and some fishing gear. There is a self service fuel facility available for after hours service. The nearest petrol stations after leaving Fox are at Franz Josef (50 km north) and at Haast (120 km south).

Ph 03 7510 823


Paul tha Plumber – Certified Tradesman

Phone: 03 7520 125 / 021 141 3654
Email: paulthaplumber@yahoo.co.nz

Postage and Freight

The NZ Post Agency is at the Community Centre.

Rubbish and Recycling

South Westland Rubbish Removal offer a wheelie bin collection service. Household collection days are fortnightly on a Wednesday.
Contact 03 753 4151 or 027 660 9444 for details, costs, information on collection and recycling.


If you don’t have your own vehicle, there are other options for getting around locally;

The Fox Bus service:
0800 FOXBUS / 0800 369287

Mountain Bike hire is available from:
Fox Glacier Lodge 03 751 0888
Ivory Towers Backpackers 03 751 0838
Mt Cook View Motel 03 751 0814

Coaches travel to and from Fox daily
Atomic Shuttles – Information and Bookings
Intercity – Information and Bookings
Naked Bus – Information and Bookings

Wifi and cellular coverage

Fox Glacier has cellphone coverage for all NZ networks in the township, but this soon fades out as you leave the town. If you are traveling south there is a small amount of coverage in Bruce Bay, you will find this by the community hall, after that there will be no coverage until Haast.

We have broadband coverage in Fox Glacier. The Spark phone boxes on the main street offer free wifi hotspots for Spark customers. If you are on another network you can still use these hotspots, but it will cost you. Some cafes and restaurants offer wifi services as well (some free and some at a cost).