Fox Glacier was one such town that grew from this influx of miners and flourished with the expansion of local economy. Coal, timber and farming slowly replaced the gold mining and this has since been overtaken with tourism.
Fox Glacier lies on the West Coast of the South Island. It is one of the most impressive scenic attractions in New Zealand. It is known for it's huge virgin forrests, beautiful expansive lakes, rugged sea coast, ice glaciers tumbling down steep valleys to almost sea level and unspoilt beauty.