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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$78.65
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Guided Kayak 9am departureMost Popular
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.
US$78.65
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.
US$78.65
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.
US$78.65
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 59 reviews

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Amazing Trip - A Must Do!!

We had a great trip, and loved every minute of it. Our guide was amazing, giving us all lots of information about Franz Josef glacier and the township. We found the Kayaking on lake was so easy and had time to view the glacier and...More

Thank FranzTOP10
GlacierLakeTours, Manager at Glacier Country Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Howard and Leanne, Thanks for the 5-star review! Lovely to hear that you enjoyed your tour with Will, it might be time to invest in a kayak of your own to enjoy the lake at your freedom! Cheers, Maddie

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Amazing Kayak Adventures with Spectacular Views

Kayaking on Lake Mapourika is a surreal experience that I highly recommend to everyone. The kayaking trip was around 2 hours and I was throughly entertained. You can see different views of the glacier mountains, wildlife, lush rainforest and mirror like lake. The tour guide...More

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

Hi Cecilia, Thanks for leaving us with such a well thought out review, We really appreciative it. It's awesome to hear how much you enjoyed the trip and hope you equally enjoyed the rest of your time in the area. Sincere thanks, Will.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
A good time on the water

Had an excellent time with my girlfriend and best mate thanks to the guiding of William at Franz Josef Kayaking! Would highly recommend this experience to everyone who comes to the area. Beautiful scenery! Awesome adventure! Top quality guiding!

Thank SethU20
GlacierLakeTours, Front Office Manager at Glacier Country Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Seth, Its great to hear how much you enjoyed your tour with us, it was an absolute pleasure to have you all on the water. Thanks for the great review. We hope that your job interview went well. Sincere thanks, William

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Informative and Breath-taking

I loved this experience! Having Kayaked before I was more engaged in the scenery and information from our amazing guide, Will. I learnt a lot that I would never have been able to from going out there on my own, and there were excellent mirror-like...More

2  Thank JoshuaM2069
GlacierLakeTours, Front Office Manager at Glacier Country Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Joshua, Its really great to hear to how much you loved the experience. Thanks for leaving the great review, we really appreciate it. I hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in Franz Josef just as much. Sincere thanks, Will

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Fantastic trip with Will

Was an amazing trip on the lake, Will was very friendly and helpful and looked after me, as i've never done kayaking before. Medi at the reception was very helpful as well :) Great choice, i advise everyone to do it!!!!

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

Hi Anna, Fantastic to hear that you had a great tour with Will- we are glad we could give you a great first time experience. Hopefully you enjoy many more kayak adventures in the future! Thanks for the review! Safe travels, Maddie

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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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