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4-hour Lake Mapourika Kayak and Hike adventure, with Okarito Kiwi Sanctuary provided by Franz Josef Wilderness Tours

4-hour Lake Mapourika Kayak and Hike adventure, with Okarito Kiwi Sanctuary

4-hour Lake Mapourika Kayak and Hike adventure, with Okarito Kiwi Sanctuary
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from $148.72 $111.54 per adult
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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
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h
  • 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: 4h
  • 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.
What to expect
Dip your paddle into Lake Mapourika's glassy waters and set foot upon the ancient soils in the Okarito Kiwi Sanctuary. This is your chance to get up close and personal with South Westland's oldest untouched Jurassic age rainforest.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 7653P2
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
National Park fees • Beverages (tea/coffee) • Local guide • Equipment • Complimentary photos • All taxes, fees and handling charges • Coffee and/or Tea
Exclusions
Meals (please pack your own small snack or lunch) • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Duration
4h
Departure details
Traveller pickup is offered.
You may also meet us at the Lake Mapourika Jetty, but please let us know if this is your preferred option.
Lake Mapourika Recreational Area, Waiho 7886, New Zealand Please be here 15 minutes early.
Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Inclusions
National Park fees • Beverages (tea/coffee) • Local guide • Equipment • Complimentary photos • All taxes, fees and handling charges • Coffee and/or Tea
Exclusions
Meals (please pack your own small snack or lunch) • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Departure details
Traveller pickup is offered.
You may also meet us at the Lake Mapourika Jetty, but please let us know if this is your preferred option.
Lake Mapourika Recreational Area, Waiho 7886, New Zealand Please be here 15 minutes early.
Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
4h
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Not wheelchair accessible
Children must be accompanied by an adult
Minimum child age is 4 years
Wear loose comfortable clothing, jeans are not recommended. We do our best to keep you dry.
Comfortable walking shoes
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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travellers
Popular mentions

5.0
43 reviews
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Very good
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Em R
1 contribution
Serenity in spades
Jun 2021 • Couples
If you want to experience the beauty and awe of this pristine part of the West Coast at a relaxed pace, look no further.
This kayak tour gave us the space and time to explore Lake Mapourika and learn about its history as well as that of the glacial surrounds. We had an absolutely memorable time. Thanks Franz Josef Wilderness Tours!
Written 12 June 2021
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Emily
2 contributions
10/10
May 2021
Awesome experience - beautiful scenery and great facts. Highly recommend for anyone passing through or heading to the West Coast!
Written 24 May 2021
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Emma
4 contributions
Franz Josef must-do
May 2021 • Couples
Fantastic afternoon spent kayaking on Lake Mapourika with our brilliant guide, Kylan. We loved the informative walk through the Okarito Kiwi Sanctuary followed by tea/coffee and chats, before kayaking through the beautiful creek and heading back to enjoy sunset on the lake.
We were close to just renting kayaks ourselves but we’re so glad we went with the guided tour instead - we learned a lot about the area and Kylan showed us spots on the lake we wouldn’t have found ourselves.
Totally a must-do when around the Franz Josef area!
Written 20 May 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Hi Emma Wow - we really appreciate your review! So happy to hear that you enjoyed our guide Kylan and that you were so glad you chose the guided trip too! Come back again sometime :) All the best Bronwyn
Written 23 May 2021
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Neil F
Auckland, New Zealand1 contribution
A great way to actively relax in Franz Josef
Apr 2021
This was a great excursion from start to finish. Kilian, our guide, was happy to provide helpful information by phone in the days leading up to the trip and on the actual day, everything ran very smoothly.

He took us to some great secluded spots and gave plenty of interesting commentary throughout. He also knew the rainforest routes very well and although we didn't see any Kiwi birds, we saw their home.

The fact that he brought his own DSLR to take photos was a real bonus too as it meant we didn't have to worry about constantly accessing ours from the dry bags in the kayak.

A really good way to spend the afternoon.
Written 29 April 2021
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Hi Neil Thanks so much for your review! I'll pass on your great feedback to Kylan and I hope you enjoy the rest of your trip! Kind regards Bronwyn
Written 30 April 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

feist88
Auckland Central, New Zealand9 contributions
great guides and well organized
Apr 2021
we had a great time in the water and our guide , Debbie was very professional and knowledgeable . it was raining in the morning but in the afternoon it turned out to be prefect as it is always hard to predict in the west coast . we really got our exercise as the winds picked up at the even but it was still great fun ... we would definitely recommend them and use them again when we return to that beautiful part of our country ..

beautiful views and great staff
Written 27 April 2021
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BronBurrows
Hi Team, Thank you for an amazing review and we are glad you enjoyed your time out on the water and in the Rainforest with Debbie! We hope to see you next time!
Written 28 April 2021
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Paige T
2 contributions
Amazing!
Mar 2021 • Couples
We did this as part of our honeymoon and it was one of the best days of our 2 week trip. Our guide was Becca (who deserves a raise) and she amazing! Knew loads about the rain Forrest and some interesting facts! Really friendly and made the experience really enjoyable! Well worth the money and the arm ache afterwards!
Written 22 March 2021
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BronBurrows
Hi Paige We're so happy to hear that our trip was one of the best days on your honeymoon :) Becca is a great guide, we're happy to have her and will pass on the feedback. Hope you enjoyed the rest of your Honeymoon and we'd love to see you back sometime. Kind regards Bronwyn
Written 24 March 2021
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Iain M
5 contributions
Top kayak trip
Awesome time out of the lake this morning! Will be recommending this to friends for sure, a must do in Franz. Amazing views, learned a few things and a super relaxing time, thank you!!! And great photos 😀
Written 20 February 2021
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BronBurrows
Hi there Thanks for your wonderful review, and for recommending us to your friends! We are also happy to hear that you learnt some new things and enjoyed your free photos. Happy travels! Bronwyn
Written 22 February 2021
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susanms6
Auckland Central, New Zealand11 contributions
Fabulous trip
I really enjoyed this trip, my guide was excellent and I definitely recommend choosing the kayaking trip which includes the hike as it made the trip an extra special experience. I was doubtful about kayaking as I am 70 years old and my partner didn’t want to come but I am so glad I went. I shared the guide’s kayak which made it very easy for me.
Written 4 January 2021
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BronBurrows
Hi, Thanks for taking the time to leave your excellent guide a review! We're pleased to hear you enjoyed the Kayak and Walk, no age is ever to old to join us! So we are pleased you decided to join us. We hope to see you in again sometime, maybe you could even convince your husband to come along! Safe travels, Teana
Written 5 January 2021
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Ang Stewart
1 contribution
Fun on Lake Mapourika
Dec 2020 • Family
2nd time we have had the absolute pleasure of going out on Lake Mapourika with this awesome team! Dale is brilliant with the kids and very knowledgable about the local legends, fauna and flora. We had such a fun filled day. Thank you Dale and team!
Written 25 December 2020
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Franzjoseftours
Hi Angelique, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review! We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your time out on the lake with us again! We hope you had a lovely Christmas and enjoy the New Year. Kind regards, Teana
Written 28 December 2020
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Terri-Ann S
4 contributions
Stunning Scenery on a Sunny Winter Morning
Jul 2020
Beautiful sunny and still morning on the lake. An easy paddle across the lake and interesting to visit one of the oldest areas of native forest in New Zealand. Thanks Jake for a very pleasant trip. Don't let the winter cooler temperature deter you from paddling, it was a great activity to do.
Written 3 July 2020
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Glacierkayaks
Hi, Thanks for leaving a 5 star review! It's great to hear you enjoyed your kayaking trip with Jake. We hope your enjoy the rest of your travels around NZ! Kind regards, Teana
Written 7 July 2020
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By: Franz Josef Wilderness Tours
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
Toni2199
Toni2199
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Amazing kayaking with great view.
The guides are really friendly and funny. The best part of the trip was when we drive through the creek. The weathe
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.
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
GeorgiaS1620
GeorgiaS1620
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Slice of heaven
100% recommend doing while here in franz. Stunning views and you learn lots about the history of Franz Josef. Highl
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
Inspiration687477
Inspiration687477
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Kayaking with Kylan
Kylan was amazing and made us feel very comfortable with everything. He was great at teaching us the ropes for kay
N3151ZTneils
N3151ZTneils
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A serene natural experience
This is a wonderful way to experience the lake. The secluded inlets and shores are beautiful and so serene. We were
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
bethan559
bethan559
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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
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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