Fox Glacier is actually only a few kilometres from Aoraki (Mt Cook, 3,754 metres high). When it’s not cloudy there are apparently some excellent views of the mountain from the Glacier Country. We were lucky enough to grab a quick photo while driving to an official viewing spot down the road from the village. After that the clouds closed in.
We were still able to spot Fox Glacier though, from the official viewing spot between some paddocks, or maybe from just down the road on the way back to the village. Then we drove back to Franz Josef and looked at that glacier.
I suspect that once you’ve seen one glacier, you’ve seen them all, but even so, Franz is spectacular and gorgeous. The walks didn’t seem quite as good as those at Fox, and at the closest we were still a bit further away from the glacier itself.
Based on my experience, I’d say the extra half hour drive to Fox is well worth it, but things may be different another day. In such country the environment changes almost minute by minute so walking routes and tracks can change quickly. If you’re travelling down to Glacier Country definitely make time for both glaciers and some of the gentle walks in the environs.