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Kayak Adventure from Franz Josef Glacier

Highlights
  • Kayak on scenic Lake Mapourika, spotting native kiwi and the rare rowi
  • Enjoy complimentary digital photos capturing the excitement of the day
  • All equipment, including dry bags and splash jackets, is provided
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Kayak Adventure from Franz Josef Glacier
From US$79.58
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Guided Kayak 2pm departure
Join us on a kayak advenuture just minutes from Franz Josef Glacier! Lake Mapourika is the scenic gem of the West Coast. Unbeatable views and kiwi sanctuary tour. Free photos included.
From US$79.58
Guided Kayak 9am departure
Join us on a kayak advenuture just minutes from Franz Josef Glacier! Lake Mapourika is the scenic gem of the West Coast. Unbeatable views and kiwi sanctuary tour. Free photos included.
From US$79.58
Guided Kayak 1pm departure
Join us on a kayak advenuture just minutes from Franz Josef Glacier! Lake Mapourika is the scenic gem of the West Coast. Unbeatable views and kiwi sanctuary tour. Free photos included.
From US$79.58
Overview
Hidden beneath the soaring peaks of the Southern Alps on New Zealand’s South Island, shimmering Lake Mapourika is widely considered the jewel in Westland’s crown. Using Franz Joseph as a base, take to the water with your guide. With all equipment provided, stay warm and dry, and discover a world of native tree and bird life on the lakeside. High-quality digital photos are provided with each tour.
What to Expect

Hop aboard the shuttle bus in Franz Josef and head out to the shores of Lake Mapourika. Nestled between the Southern Alps and the Tasman Sea, Lake Mapourika was forged into the landscape by the mighty Franz Josef Glacier.

As you start your kayak adventure, paddle across the lake’s clear waters into the Okarito Kiwi Sanctuary—home to untouched rain forest dating back millions of years.With your guide to lead the way, admire fine views over the kahikatea trees to the Southern Alps and glaciers beyond, and gain insight into the region’s fascinating geology. Identify calls of native birds such as the kiwi and the rowi—one of the rarest bird species in New Zealand. All equipment is included on this tour, so you’ll stay warm and dry throughout.

When your paddle comes to an end, collect your high-quality digital photos taken from the water before returning to Franz Josef.

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1 - 5 of 53 reviews

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Must to do in Franz Josef!

That was a great experience in my stay in Franz Josef! I've never kayak before and was very easy explained by the guide that was very friendly and professional. Lake Mapourika is amazing and from it you can enjoy the reflection of the mountains on...More

Thank mrslindop
GlacierLakeTours, Front Office Manager at Glacier Country Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Kia ora Linda, Thanks so much for your great review! We're stoked you enjoyed your trip with Will. See you around town! Laura

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Excellent

I've done this activities wtith my friends. Will was an amazing guide, nice person. Wa had a lot fun even if the water was freezing ! I have enjoy it! Amazing views and a totally new world Perfect weather Really enjoyable and knowledgeable guide Perfect...More

Thank Mathilde D
GlacierLakeTours, Front Office Manager at Glacier Country Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Mathild, Thank you for your wonderful review, we're glad you enjoyed your trip on the lake with Will. Safe travels! Laura

Reviewed 8 June 2018 via mobile
Awesome a must do activity in Franz Josef!

We were fortunate to have the most amazing guide and the weather was perfect. This is a 4 hour guided tour with 3 hours on the lake meandering through this magnificent site and a one hour walk into the protected slow growth forest! We come...More

Thank Michelle O
GlacierLakeTours, Front Office Manager at Glacier Country Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 9 June 2018

Hi Michelle, Thanks for the awesome review, we are glad you both enjoyed your tour with Laura! We loved the stories of your travels and the tips! Enjoy the rest of your holiday. Maddie

Reviewed 7 June 2018
Perfect!

Thank you Glacier Country Lake Tours, what a great experience, fantastic views, very informative guide, just a perfect way to spend a morning!

Thank Monique K
GlacierLakeTours, Front Office Manager at Glacier Country Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 9 June 2018

Hi Monique, Thanks for joining us - we are glad you enjoyed your tour with Will! Cheers, Maddie

Reviewed 4 June 2018
Great guide and great views

Our guide, Will, was very knowledgeable and really enthusiastic about the area. He really made the trip special. And the views are spectacular. We had near perfect weather so I don't know if I'd say the same if it were raining on us but for...More

Thank harley s
GlacierLakeTours, Front Office Manager at Glacier Country Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 6 June 2018

Hi Harley, Thanks for your review. The lake is equally as beautiful on a rainy day but we are glad you enjoyed your paddle on a sunny day! Have a great rest of your time in NZ. Kind regards, Laura

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Ted M
7 June 2018|
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Response from AP13NYC | Reviewed this property |
Absolutely. You only have to walk from the parking lot to the lake which is about 10 meters. Definitely a good option for you.
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Ashley M
19 May 2018|
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Response from Marg P | Reviewed this property |
The answer is a definate no.
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