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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
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Small-Group Kayak Adventure from Franz Josef Glacier
By Franz Josef Wilderness Tours
Recommended by 99% of travellers
This number is based on the percentage of all Tripadvisor reviews for this product that have a bubble rating of 4 or higher
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.
from
$130.00
per adult

Ages 2-80, max of 15 per group
Duration:
3h
Ticket type:
Mobile
English

About
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
Travel safe during COVID-19
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
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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  • You'll return to the starting point
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Deanna R
1 contribution
The best kayaking in town with the most amazing guide. We loved every minute and we will definitely be back in town the next time we visit!
Written 19 May 2022
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Hi Deanna We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the trip and you're guide so much. We look forward to the next time :) See you then! Bronwyn
Written 11 June 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

charlotten729
Hamilton, New Zealand10 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
Amazing experience on the lake with Kylan. Stunning scenery with the reflections on the lake. A great nature walk with awesome local knowledge about the bush and the area. Would 10/10 recommend!
Written 20 April 2022
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Franz Josef Wil... T
Thanks so much for the review Charlotte :) I had an awesome time paddling with you too and sharing what makes the west coast the best coast! Cheers, Kylan
Written 22 April 2022
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Di
4 contributions
Feb 2022
This is a must-do experience to do with a wonderful guide, who knows the lake and flora and fauna. We had a glorious day to experience the exceptional views, which can only be viewed from the other side of the lake. We loved every moment of it.
Written 7 March 2022
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Franz Josef Wil... T
Thanks for the great review! The view from the far side is spectacular and I am glad you got a chance to enjoy it! We hope to see you again. Reagrds, Dale
Written 9 March 2022
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Dave
1 contribution
Jan 2022
A wonderful experience with a lovely guide who was full of knowledge of the areas wildlife and took really great photos of our trip.
Written 29 January 2022
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Hi Dave Thanks for your review! Glad you enjoyed the tour and the photos! Cheers Bronwyn
Written 30 January 2022
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asp727
Dunedin, New Zealand6 contributions
Jan 2022
Had a terrific experience with Kylin. Lots of information specific to our interests. Had a thorough knowledge of the area, its birdlife and its myths.
It was a gentle paddle but reasonable effort required for novices. The part when we headed up a creek inlet was the best, lovely reflections and the bonus of the first Fernbird that I have seen.
I highly recommend this activity
Written 22 January 2022
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Franz Josef Wil... T
Thanks for the great review! We are passionate about what we do and sharing experiences and I am glad you had such a great time! Regards, Dale
Written 24 January 2022
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Bek Bruhns
1 contribution
Jan 2022 • Family
Absolutely fantastic morning on the lake! We loved every minute. Friendly, knowledgeable guides, stunning scenery, and perfect weather. Highly recommend this adventure.
Written 20 January 2022
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Franz Josef Wil... T
Hi, Thanks for taking the time to recommend us! We're pleased to hear you had such a great time out on the lake with us! Safe travels, Teana
Written 26 January 2022
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Anna S
1 contribution
Jan 2022
We had the most amazing trip with Kylan this holiday. The weather was perfect and the experience was the best. Kylan, who clearly sees his excursions with you as a passion and not a just job was incredibly knowledgeable of not just the land and the animals but also the legends of the land which added a whole new dimension. Small groups, great for families. Don't miss it.
Written 19 January 2022
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Franz Josef Wil... T
Hi Anna, Thanks so much for the review! We're super stoked you had a great time on the water with Kylan and really happy you learned a little bit about what makes Franz Josef such a special and unique place. Thanks so much for the recommendation and we hope you enjoy the rest of your vacation :)
Written 20 January 2022
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Rachel S.
2 contributions
Jan 2022
Our family of four enjoyed a wonderful morning out on the water with Kylen. We had beautiful views, learned about the history and legends of the lake, had a great time paddling around the lake and through a side creek, and Kylen even made the kids roses out of flax! Great day!
Written 17 January 2022
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Franz Josef Wil... T
Hi, Thanks for taking the time to leave Kylan a review! We're pleased to hear you had a great day and were able to take home one of Kylans famous flax roses! Safe travels, Teana
Written 18 January 2022
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Paul
1 contribution
Jan 2022
This was an amazing trip, and the guides were just fantastic. Beautiful lake with wonderful wildlife. Relaxed easy pace. Bush walk was just so informing and everything was explained really well about the history of the place, the coffee and biscuits on the bush walk was an added bonus. It was so well put together I went out and bought a book on native plants and birds, Well done,
Written 15 January 2022
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Franz Josef Wil... T
Hi, Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review! Our guides love sharing their local knowledge, awesome to hear they inspired you to go out and buy a book! Safe travels, Teana
Written 18 January 2022
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Conor L
1 contribution
Jan 2022 • Couples
Absolutely loved it. Our guide, Jule, was brilliant. Not only was it super relaxing to kayak along the beautiful lake, it was also educational too with Jule talking about the lake’s history, native vegetation, and wildlife.
Highly recommend!
Written 6 January 2022
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Franz Josef Wil... T
Hi, Thanks for taking the time to recommend us! We're pleased your trip with Jule was educational, she sure knows a lot of interesting facts! We will be sure to pass this on to her. Safe travels, Teana
Written 18 January 2022
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By: Franz Josef Wilderness Tours
Kerrin A
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Fabulous day out on the lake
We had the best experience fishing with Franz Josef Wilderness Tours! They made us a last minute booking the mornin
keiras099
keiras099
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Scenic Lake tour
Wonderful 2 hours spent on Lake Mapourika with the skilled Dale, exceptional views of the mountains reflected in th
Destination767176
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Excellent kayak and forest hike
This was a brilliant morning. Dale was a great guide, friendly and informative, all the kit was provided and we enj
joshwatts2
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Awesome Kayak Trip
This trip was awesome, good group and Kylan was a brilliant guide. Super friendly and good to chat to, led the grou
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13Neel13
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good weather, bad weather, doesn't matter - this trip will leave a good memory
I read a few bad reviews about this activity, and they all were about bad weather. No one can control the weather,
BilberryKiwi
BilberryKiwi
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Fun and interesting for all ages
We were a group of 3 adults and 2 teenagers. The weather wasn't great, and it rained some of the time, but it didn'
A165DAtonyh
A165DAtonyh
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Must do trip!
Seamless experience, with the guided tour a true highlight of our trip. Stunning scenery, and the knowledge of the
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Great activity!
Had a great time with Kylan - bringing us on a kayak + hike. Super informative, learned lots, had a great time. Gre
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Great for kayak hire
Me and my partner hired kayaks to paddle on lake Mapourika. We went into the office and an hour later we were on th
736RoseB
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Amazing
What a fabulous trip , fantastic scenery , unfortunately didn’t catch a fish but it really didn’t matter as the vie
afshintan
afshintan
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Great Experience
we did the kayaking on lake Mapouurika and it was great. The tour guide was very nice and patient and provided us w
mikewC2395NV
mikewC2395NV
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Great Trip
We endorse everything CCQLD said about the trip and our host Dale. A wonderful cruise and walk on and along a be
U6081YPkellyc
U6081YPkellyc
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Lovely boat ride
Really lovely relaxing lake cruise. The tour operator was very friendly and knowledgeable. I would highly recommend
Rob H
Rob H
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Awesome kayak around the lake
My wife and I (plus another couple) kayaked around Mapourka expertly led by Kevin our guide. The kayak was easy in
MyRoadTrip21
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An other awesome Highlight 👌💕
I loved the Kajaking- it was really well organized- the Bush walk was great very informative. What an awesome p
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