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Small-Group Kayak Adventure from Franz Josef Glacier provided by Franz Josef Wilderness Tours

Small-Group Kayak Adventure from Franz Josef Glacier

Small-Group Kayak Adventure from Franz Josef Glacier
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What you can expect during your visit
Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Gear/equipment sanitised between use
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
About
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.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 7653P1
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
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
Duration
3h
Departure details
Traveller pickup is offered.
Franz Josef Highway, West Coast 7886, New Zealand At the Lake Mapourika Jetty (Recreational Area)
Lake Mapourika Recreational Area, Waiho 7886, New Zealand Get in touch for a pick up prior to your trip, or meet us at Lake Mapourika a few minutes prior to your trip starting time.
Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
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
Departure details
Traveller pickup is offered.
Franz Josef Highway, West Coast 7886, New Zealand At the Lake Mapourika Jetty (Recreational Area)
Lake Mapourika Recreational Area, Waiho 7886, New Zealand Get in touch for a pick up prior to your trip, or meet us at Lake Mapourika a few minutes prior to your trip starting time.
Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
3h
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
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
Itinerary
  • You’ll have 2 starting options
    Or, you can also get picked up
    See Important Information for details
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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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Antonia
3 contributions
Amazing kayaking with great view.
May 2021 • Solo
The guides are really friendly and funny. The best part of the trip was when we drive through the creek. The weather was perfect and we got some amazing pictures from the tour. The equipment is in great condition and we had a good evening. The view from the lake to the mountain is great.
Written 31 May 2021
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Hi Antonia Wow thanks for your review! Glad you enjoyed the photos, scenery, equipment and our funny & friendly guides ;) Safe travels Bronwyn
Written 2 June 2021
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Georgia
3 contributions
Slice of heaven
100% recommend doing while here in franz. Stunning views and you learn lots about the history of Franz Josef. Highlight of the trip would have to be the kiwi sanctuary. Thanks heaps to the kayak tours
Written 13 May 2021
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Hi Georgia! Thanks for the review - we're glad you thought our Lake was a slice of heaven too :) All the best and come and join us again anytime ! Bronwyn
Written 23 May 2021
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Inspiration687477
2 contributions
Kayaking with Kylan
Apr 2021
Kylan was amazing and made us feel very comfortable with everything. He was great at teaching us the ropes for kayaking and had a very impressive knowledge of the surrounding area flora and fauna. Not only was the kayaking trip a load of fun, but it was also interesting to learn so much! I would highly recommend this trip if you are in Franz Josef.
Written 30 April 2021
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Hi there Thanks so much for your review! We're glad you enjoyed your time with Kylan - he's a great guide and I'll pass on your feedback! Kind regards Bronwyn
Written 30 April 2021
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Neil S
Christchurch, New Zealand1 contribution
A serene natural experience
Apr 2021
This is a wonderful way to experience the lake. The secluded inlets and shores are beautiful and so serene. We were expertly guided by Becca who explained the basics of kayaking and showed us the sights while providing an informative commentary. I highly recommend this activity to anyone with a curiousity for and appreciation of nature.
Written 28 April 2021
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BronBurrows
Hi Team, Thank you for the amazing review and I will be sure to let Becca know she is doing a great job! It is such a speacil place we have here and it is a pleasure to share the beautiful nature with people such as yourselves! We hope to see you again!
Written 28 April 2021
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bethan559
Manchester, United Kingdom31 contributions
Great kayaking and holiday package
We booked a 2 night trip through Franz Joseph wilderness tours which included a hotel, kayaking and quad biking. It was amazing value and they were extremely helpful organising the kayaking trip. The kayaking was really good with amazing views and Dale was a great guide. Would highly recommend the kayaking.
Written 13 April 2021
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BronBurrows
Hi Bethan Thanks for your review! We're pleased you enjoyed our trip, and the package for Franz Josef too! Hope you enjoyed the rest of your journey and we'd love to see you back again sometime! Kind regards Bronwyn
Written 14 April 2021
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Tash Pickard
West Coast Region, New Zealand4 contributions
Absolutely Incredible!
Feb 2021 • Couples
I did the 9am kayak tour around lake mapourika led by the awesome Becca. We spent 3 hours cruising around the beautiful reflective lake, learning some incredible facts about the local area and taking some stunning scenic photos. This is the perfect start to a day and such a cool way to learn about Franz Josef Glacier and Okarito. I couldnt recommend this enough!! I really want to try the evening tour now 😊😊
Written 2 February 2021
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Hi Tash Thanks for your wonderful review! I'll pass the feedback on to Becca too. We'd love to have you back for a sunset trip sometime :) Kind regards Bronwyn
Written 3 February 2021
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Teresa W
7 contributions
Amazing lake and kayaking experience
Jan 2021
An awesome trip with a great guide that coped well with our family (young kids and keens) that had really different levels of experience. We had not really thought about kayaking whilst staying at a glacier but Lake Mapourika is incredible and to experience it in a kayak with a really capable, knowledgeable and friendly guide was fantastic and we will want to do it again. Well recommended.
Written 20 January 2021
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Hi Teresa Thanks so much for your review! We're happy you enjoyed paddling with Becca, she had a blast with you and family too. We'd love to see you again next time your coming to our region. All the best. Bronwyn
Written 20 January 2021
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Cate
Auckland, New Zealand32 contributions
Fantastic afternoon on Lake Mapourika, NZ.
Mar 2020
My partner and I had a wonderful afternoon on Lake Mapourika during our three days in Franz Josef, as part of a small group of 12. The Lake is almost mystical, and the wild life is fascinating.
The team running the tours (Glacier Country?), are professional, well organized and very helpful, from the office staff to the two guides we were lucky enough to have with us - Annie and Becs. Their knowledge, attention to safety and cheerful guidance was second to none. They also displayed untiring patience and assistance with two members of our group who seemed a long way out of their comfort zone!
As well, the photos we received later were excellent and are a great memento of the trip.
Thanks, Cate.
Written 3 January 2021
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BronBurrows
Hi, Thanks for taking the time to leave Annie and Bex a review! Its great to hear you enjoyed your time out on the lake with the girls, learning all about the lake and local area. We hope to see you back here again soon! Kind regards, Teana
Written 4 January 2021
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Megadyptes Antipodes
Wellington, New Zealand19 contributions
Fabulous kayak experience in nature!
Ours was a group of 3, including my 8-year old daughter. She was paired with our knowledgeable, strong, and patient guide: Becca. We loved 2.5 hour-long kayak experience at Lake Mapourika. It was our first kayaking experience, and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Our arms were sore after all that paddling, but we were richer for the delightful experience. Our guide took photos and sent them to us that same day—gratis! We highly recommend this experience.
Written 3 January 2021
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BronBurrows
Hi, Thanks for taking the time to leave Becca such a kind review. We are pleased to hear Becca was there to help you enjoy your first kayaking experience! We hope you will treasure the photos for many years to come! Safe travels, Teana
Written 4 January 2021
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Keith Silkstone
Tauranga, New Zealand1 contribution
Friendly and Fun
Nov 2020
Awesome views and knowledgable friendly guide - great for all ages and stages! Went above and beyond for us. Thank you
Written 5 November 2020
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Glacierkayaks
Hi there Thanks for the review, we really appreciate the feedback and wish you the best with you the rest of your trip! Cheers Dale
Written 6 November 2020
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By: Franz Josef Wilderness Tours
691emr
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Serenity in spades
If you want to experience the beauty and awe of this pristine part of the West Coast at a relaxed pace, look no fur
NZEarlybird24
NZEarlybird24
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Charming introduction to the area
We thoroughly enjoyed this tour. The guide was really knowledgeable. He was also friendly, relaxed and fun t
Nicky S
Nicky S
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Amazing!
So calm so serene very professionally run. Kylan and Dave awesome operators. Highly recommend this company.
Minniememoirs
Minniememoirs
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10/10
Awesome experience - beautiful scenery and great facts. Highly recommend for anyone passing through or heading to t
EmmaAlison1
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Franz Josef must-do
Fantastic afternoon spent kayaking on Lake Mapourika with our brilliant guide, Kylan. We loved the informative walk
Seve2902
Seve2902
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Diamond in the rough
Great experience at great value. Dale the captain very knowledgeable and accommodating . So glad we went on the t
Albert d
Albert d
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Wonderful scenery, comfortable boat fun knowledgeable crew
Wonderful cruise on the lake with everything you would expect, excellent views and reflections in the lake, nature
kenmrand
kenmrand
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Wonderful peaceful afternoon on the lake taking it all in.
Dale took my husband and I out at short notice, he has so much knowledge about the surrounding area and easy to cha
NeilFitz69
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A great way to actively relax in Franz Josef
This was a great excursion from start to finish. Kilian, our guide, was happy to provide helpful information by pho
feist88
feist88
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great guides and well organized
we had a great time in the water and our guide , Debbie was very professional and knowledgeable . it was raining in
Cruiser772604
Cruiser772604
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Franz Josef Lake Mapourika Adventure!
Loved this experience! Surrounded by the natural raw beauty of Lake Mapourika. Stunning! Incredible history to be l
NAandSW
NAandSW
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Great adventure
In spite of the rain we really enjoyed the leisurely boat trip and the rain forest walk. Dale was a great guide, f
Patricia M
Patricia M
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Wonderful boat trip and bush walk
Really enjoyed this boat trip and bush walk with Dale who is very personable and obviously enjoys his job, he gave
carolineo158
carolineo158
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Exceptional Guide Experience
Dale our guide had exceptional knowledge of the area, the glaciers and the Rainforest. Highly recommend this as a
Jegru0
Jegru0
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Brilliant kayaking guides
We had an amazing experience kayaking around the lake for 3 hours. Started at 9am with fog but the sun burnt it off
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