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Kayak Adventure from Franz Josef Glacier

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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.
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You'll start at
64 Cron Street
64 Cron Street, Franz Josef Glacier 7886, New Zealand Our booking office is located in Franz Josef Glacier township - right across the road from the Franz Josef Glacier Guides.
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    Lake Mapourika
    Stop: 3 hours -
    Paddle across the stunning waters of Lake Mapourika with your knowledgeable local guide. Take in views of the glaciers and Southern Alps as you paddle across and explore the rainforest and conservation area on the far shoreline of lake.
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You'll end at
64 Cron Street
64 Cron Street, Franz Josef Glacier 7886, New Zealand Our booking office is located in Franz Josef Glacier township - right across the road from the Franz Josef Glacier Guides.
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Highlights
  • Kayak on scenic Lake Mapourika, spotting native kiwi and the rare rowi
  • Receive digital photos capturing the excitement of the day
  • All equipment, including dry bags and splash jackets, is provided
  • Round-trip transportation from Franz Joseph available upon request
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 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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Important Information
Departure Point
64 Cron Street, Franz Josef Glacier 7886, New Zealand
Duration
3h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Fully Guided Activity
  • High Quality Photos
  • All equipment provided including dry bags, splash jackets and gloves and hats in the winter
  • Courtesy Transport to and from the Lake
  • Courtesy pick-ups available on request
  • Private transportation
Exclusions
  • Lunch
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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lauraross2015 wrote a review Mar 2020
Toronto, Ontario32 contributions8 helpful votes
Jake took us on a great sunset kayak tour of the Lake near Franz Joseph. The lake was calm and beautiful and we saw herons and a great river to kayak on. Such a fun evening.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Lisa E wrote a review Mar 2020
solihull28 contributions28 helpful votes
Annie our instructor gave us a fabulous afternoon when we spent 3 hrs kayaking across Lake Mapourika. She explained the basics of canoeing, kitted us all out and off we went. We were lucky enough to see a rare White Heron which was the icing on the cake. Annie was always careful
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from Glacierkayaks, Front Office Manager at Kayak Adventure from Franz Josef Glacier
Responded 3 weeks ago
Hi, Thank you for leaving us and Annie such a great review. We're really happy you enjoyed yuor time out there an got to see the amazing wildlife out on the Lake. We hope you enjoy the rest of your travels. Kind Regards Howie
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Victoria wrote a review Mar 2020
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Absolutely loved it! Terrific tour guide Annie (I believe her name is), we learned things we weren’t expecting to! She included everyone in conversation and was great to talk to! Great experience of learning NZ nature & seeing two herons flying, woop woop!! Great job team.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from Glacierkayaks, Front Office Manager at Kayak Adventure from Franz Josef Glacier
Responded 3 weeks ago
Hi, Thank you for your great review. We're really happy you enjoyed your tour with us and you were able to see our beautiful White Herons. We hope you enjoy the rest of your travels! Kind Regards Howie
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Dalia78 wrote a review Mar 2020
Tel Aviv, Israel12 contributions1 helpful vote
We very much enjoyed our couple of hours on the lake! All the organizing, guide, safety and gear were great! A very nice way to relax, while feeling you are excersizing. And the views...
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Response from Glacierkayaks, Front Office Manager at Kayak Adventure from Franz Josef Glacier
Responded 3 weeks ago
Hi, Thank you for such a great review. Really glad you enjoyed your time out on the lake with us. The views really are magicial aren't they! We hope you enjoyed the remainder of your travels in NZ. Kind Regards Howie
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Chelsea L wrote a review Mar 2020
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So beautiful! We went out in the rain and they prepare you well with splash jackets or rubbery jackets for heavier rain and the whatchacallit skirt to prevent water from getting into the kayak/protect your legs. It is SO pretty and I highly recommend. Our group was two couples
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Response from Glacierkayaks, Front Office Manager at Kayak Adventure from Franz Josef Glacier
Responded 3 weeks ago
Hi, Thank you for your great review of Bex and of your tour. We're really happy you enjoyed your time out there and felt comforable and well equipped. We like to make sure you are covered no matter the weather! We hope you enjoy the remainder of your travels in NZ. Kind Regards Howie We hope you enjoy the remainder of your travels in NZ. Kind Regards Howie
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About the operator

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By: Glacier Country Kayaks
Aline H
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HORRIBLE PEOPLE
these people who own this company are all after the money. the night before the kayak tour was supposed to take off
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Joanna3636
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Best Day!
We had the pleasure of having Dale as our guide. We couldn't have asked for a better morning for paddle boarding, s
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vanderh0rst
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Great morning kayaking
We did the early morning lake kayak the other day. Our guides were Howie and Catherine (I think). We had a wonderfu
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TAP4TIM
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Insights into the flora and fauna
The Lake Mapourika tour was a serene experience, but our guide Jake made all the difference. His knowledge and con
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343allyk
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A must do when in Glacier Country!
We did both the stand up paddle boarding and the sunset kayak cruise and we thoroughly enjoyed it!! Annie and Cathe
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Jonnyandshae
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Thank you Glacier Country Kayak
What an amazing family fun activity. We did the 1.5 hour trip and it was perfect even with our 2 year old. The guid
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Sigalit B
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wonderful views and great walk
2.5 hours of sailing in mirror lake with breathtaking views and easy guided walking in the forest with interesting
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Divya2008
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Brilliant sunset kayak
We visited Lake Mapourika for Kayaking with the Glacier Country Kayaks - they are the only company in Franz Josef t
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xodar
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Terrific kayak and hike tour
After cycling for 3 days we thought we would use some different muscles and go kayaking. After completing the requ
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Jon M
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Peaceful surroundings and beautiful lake
This was an amazing experience - one of my favourite in NZ. The guide was great, the group was small, the hike thr
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Vmc18
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Amazing trip to do at Franz Glacier
My husband and I loved the trip. The guides were very accommodating and knowledgeable. Our group consisted of famil
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rowlandclaudia
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Didn't want it to end!
The kayak & walk was amazing.. you should definitely do it! The guides are truly awesome, clearly passionate about
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464fayk
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Wonderful afternoon, must-see surroundings
My husband and I had a wonderful kayak & walk tour on the beautiful lake. Our guide Saskia was super friendly, comp
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Ian G
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Brilliant morning on a beautiful lake
Well run and beautiful kayak on a lake with great views. Kayaks were good and equipment as you would expect from a
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kelsbeach1
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SUP Tour to Kiwi Sanctuary
My husband and I booked the boat/SUP tour to the Kiwi Sanctuary. Dale was our guide and provided such fun education
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