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Cruise & Rainforest Walk - Franz Josef Glacier

By Franz Josef Wilderness Tours
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Ages 0-99, max of 16 per group
Duration: 2h 30m
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  • 30 Main Road, Franz Josef / Waiau 7886, New Zealand
    Please check-in at our office 15 minutes prior to your trip departure time. We are located in the building next to The Landing Restaurant.
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Infants must sit on laps
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 7653P3

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • 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

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    How much is Cruise & Rainforest Walk - Franz Josef Glacier?
    Cruise & Rainforest Walk - Franz Josef Glacier price starts from $153.65. Discover and book Cruise & Rainforest Walk - Franz Josef Glacier on Tripadvisor
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    Cruise & Rainforest Walk - Franz Josef Glacier cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Cruise & Rainforest Walk - Franz Josef Glacier on Tripadvisor
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    Cruise & Rainforest Walk - Franz Josef Glacier is hosted by Franz Josef Wilderness Tours. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Franz Josef Wilderness Tours on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Cruise & Rainforest Walk - Franz Josef Glacier on Tripadvisor
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    On average, this experience will take approximately 2h 30m. Discover and book Cruise & Rainforest Walk - Franz Josef Glacier on Tripadvisor

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    • Franz Josef Wilderness Tours
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      Franz Josef, New Zealand
      Joined in November 2009
    • animagill
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great
      Brilliant staff and a great experience. Really enjoyed it and staff very subtle at helping those who were nervous etc. really impressive
      Written 10 April 2024
    • T6015DRtoms
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Must do experience
      On March 20th, Tom and Anne from Australia took the quad bike tour with Rosco. What a blast! We drove over incredible places, rocks, gravel, glacial rivers and into the rainforest. It was a fabulous adventure, the highlight of our New Zealand trip. The provided photos were exceptional. The family can hardly believe what we did. We highly recommend this activity. It was so much fun! Thanks so much Rosco! Not bad for a couple in their mid seventies.
      Written 9 April 2024
    • Sightseer66294686813
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      YOU MUST DO THIS AWESOME EXPERIENCE
      WOW WOW WOW. Despite the freezing cold and rain, we had an absolute ball. Expertly guided by the amazing Tayla, we jumped on the quads ( after some safety instructions), rode through rain drenched/water logged rain forest ( lots of water and mud, and I mean LOTS) onto the river bed for an exhilarating couple of hours riding through the water channels, crossing rocky banks, up banks and downnnnnn banks. Wohoo ! My partner and I ride motobikes at home and thought this experience would be tame, but it was fantastic. Despite nearly frozen fingers, we loved every minute of it and looking back are glad it WAS wet as the experience wouldnt have been as much fun in perfect sunny weather. We didnt get to see the glacier as the weather was so overcast, but had so much fun anyway. Tayla took photos of everyone which we have just downloaded. We highly recommend this tour and the crew. Thanks to everyone for a 10/10 experience, value & service.
      Written 8 April 2024
    • PattiJ515
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great guide and beautiful, quiet area.
      This was one of my favorite activities in Franz Josef. Our guide, Pickles, was extremely relaxed and competent. He was filled with enthusiasm and appreciation for nature. The kayaks and gear were excellent. We thoroughly enjoyed the lake, its lore and the birds.
      Written 8 April 2024
    • Sim T
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Awesome fun!
      Really fun couple of hours quad biking, great instructors that showed us the ropes before heading out into the forest and riverbed. Had a double bike with our teenager on the back and a single - bikes are easy to drive if you’re a beginner. Lots of mud and water action along with the rocky river crossings - we were so lucky to have clear skies and sunshine to enjoy magic views of the mountains.
      Written 7 April 2024
    • S7505JIrobynr
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great family kayaking adventure
      This was the last sunset tour for the season and as our first guided activity in New Zealand we weren’t sure what to expect. This was an easy kayak and suitable for novices. We were all in double kayaks and the afternoon we went the lake was very calm and flat. In total about 7 km. Great commentary, experienced guides. Rug up, it was a bit chilly and make sure you have repellant for the sandflies.
      Written 6 April 2024
    • G4704OJsheilac
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Beautiful tour; exceptional guide!
      Outstanding views, knowledgeable tour guide, and charming company! Our guide, "Pickles," did his best to inform, inspire, and delight us the entire time. He sure helped mend our disappointment when inclement weather prevented our Heli-hike to the glacier. Highly recommend this company!
      Written 6 April 2024
    • Freedom00791524494
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Sooo much fun!
      Awesome fun guides with a great sense of humour! Riding through native bush & mud then on the riverbed over rocks, down hills & through water with the glacier in the background was amazing! Loved it. All wet weather gear, boots & gloves provided ❤️
      Written 2 April 2024
    • tmO6172XM
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Very cool + fun experience
      So much fun. Good that full wet-weather gear (jacket, pants, shoes) + sunglasses + helmet was provided to use for the tour. We originally booked for a 2-person buggy but were allowed to change to a 2-person quadbike before starting at no additional cost. The training and practice time was necessary and helpful, and the tour itself was so much fun. We got to go through the rainforest then onto the pebbles, through shallow waters, with stunning views of the snow-capped mountains. The photos they take are great and included with the booking! Very friendly, cheerful and encouraging tour guide. The perfect amount of exhilaration while still feeling in safe hands.
      Written 2 April 2024
    • tai_hkg
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Relaxing lake kayaking and hiking experience
      We were a small group of 3. The kayak and other equipment were well maintained. The lake was beautiful and the hike was nice - our guide Laura is very knowledgeable and could explain everything 😁 Bonus: we saw three Keas!
      Written 30 March 2024
    • g0rg0nite
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Fantastic cruise on the lake.
      Fantastic cruise on the lake, you get to see the surrounding landscape from a different perspective. The walk through the rainforest was beautiful, it’s a whole other world in there. Run by a local who was really nice and very knowledgeable about the area. Highly recommend you go!
      Written 28 March 2024
    • H5480CUkevinp
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Must-do in Franz Josef - with free pictures!
      Great quad tour. The bikes are Can-Am, relatively new and not too beaten up. The guide, Roscoe, was excellent, the tour is about 2 hours and you get to drive through everything from streams to jungle paths, and even get some great instagram photos for free. The experience was well organized, I ride a lot of motorcycles but this tour is great for everyone with experience or without. I rode with a girl from Germany who had never been on a quad or motorcycle before and she had a great time. Definitely a good way to round out your Franz Josef experience, as well as a landing on the glacier (done by the same company) which was surprisingly inexpensive. I would certainly do this again when I get back to the area.
      Written 27 March 2024
    • keithw791
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great off-road Quad biking !
      Great fun - Proper off-road with a Forest Trail, big puddles, River crossings. Best quad biking we’ve done. Great options to ride Solo/2-up/ in a buggy.
      Written 27 March 2024
    • annajive
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A couple of fun hours.
      A well organised, fun and safe trip. Our guide Roscoe made it that way with his humour, love of his job and attentiveness. Travelling river beds and rain forest trails with mud, rocks and puddles was quite beautiful. We were always advised of the best way to do things and he took care of all the photography. A genuinely great few hours with a great guy.
      Written 26 March 2024
    • jamescX4573LC
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Active and interesting afternoon
      Our guide, Laura, was very friendly and helpful in getting us set up with our kayaks and sharing interesting facts about the area and nature reserve / sanctuary. We were a small group and the weather was a bit choppy at first, but thoroughly enjoyable with all the equipment provided. Would highly recommend.
      Written 25 March 2024
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    NZEarlybird24
    Auckland Region, New Zealand12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    May 2021
    We thoroughly enjoyed this tour. The guide was really knowledgeable. He was also friendly, relaxed and fun to be with for our tour. Our group of three were the only people on the tour and the guide took things at our pace, never rushing us and being happy to answer questions and explain things on the way. I have walked a lot in the NZ bush but I think I learnt more on this trip than I ever have before. We got to see a kiwi den which was great. The trip was a great introduction to the area. We all enjoyed the tour and recommend this to all those for whom going on the kayaks is a bit too much like hard work!
    Written 1 June 2021
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    Hi there Thanks for taking the time to write a review. We're glad you enjoyed your time spent with Dale, and his pace & knowledge of the area. Hope to see you again sometime! All the best Bronwyn
    Written 2 June 2021
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    KAG1303
    Townsville, Australia5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2023
    A fantastic way to spend a few hours in Franz Josef. We had perfect weather, so the paddle across the lake was awesome, with amazing views of the glaciers and Mt Cook in the distance. The walk through the Jurassic rainforest and Kiwi reserve was extremely informative and was even more interesting due to the level of knowledge and enthusiasm of Cameron the guide. Who would have thought Kiwis were ‘kick-boxers!) Marcus took some great photos (that were free!) as a memory of the day and made a welcomed cup of coffee for morning tea! Thanks for an enjoyable adventure! Highly recommended.
    Written 24 February 2023
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    Hi, Thanks for taking the time to leave Cam and Marcus a 5 star review! Sounds like they both provided you with a great afternoon! I'm glad you enjoyed your free photos! Safe travels, Teana
    Written 3 March 2023
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    GoPlaces33069242792
    Oxford, UK6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We had a great morning! Dale welcomed us and set the trip up with his friendly approach. Everything was explained. His knowledge of the lake history and the area was clear. He answered all our questions with great enthusiasm. The walk in the rain forest was both informative and fun. With 6 pensioners he made sure we were safe and we’re able to enjoy the experience in full. The lake is exceptional with fantastic views. The whole setting was tranquil and relaxing. Altogether a brilliant time with a top guide.
    Written 28 February 2023
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    Kia ora, Thanks for 5 star review. We totally agree, Dale has immense knowledge about the area. So glad you had an amazing time. Ngā mihi, Suhas
    Written 3 March 2023
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    Naomi
    Wellington, New Zealand21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sept 2021
    Fabulous tour and stunning views of Lake Mapourika and the surrounding mountains. The kayaking was taken at our small group's pace and the lake was so calm that it was very easy going. Kylan was a great guide; fun and interesting. Nice little bush walk with tea/coffee and biscuits. I would definitely recommend.
    Written 17 October 2021
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    Hi Naomi, Thank you for your review! Great to hear you enjoyed your time on the lake with Kylan. Sounds like you had the perfect day for it with calm waters and views of the mountains! Best of luck, and enjoy the rest of your travels. Kind regards, The Franz Josef Wilderness Tours team
    Written 19 October 2021
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    Kevin M
    Hertfordshire, UK44 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nov 2023 • Couples
    This was our 1st of 2 tours with Franz Josef Wilderness Tours today. The hustle and bustle of helicopter movements at FJG were quickly left behind as we boarded our boat on Lake Mapourika. Joe (our guide) was very enthusiastic and clearly took great pride in sharing his knowledge of flora and fauna on this beautiful and tranquil lake with the stunning back drop of the glacier. Great photo opps both on the cruise and during the walk through a very original rain forest. A wonderful and peaceful start to the day with an unexpected coffee during the walk. 😀
    Written 1 November 2023
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    Again thank you Kevin for the awesome reviews!! We love it when you take the time to share your experience. Joe is certainly passionate about the area, and has all the facts! The lake is definitely peaceful! Great place to experience the true West Coast. Kind regards Dee
    Written 2 November 2023
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    Pioneer37013372127
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nov 2023 • Family
    We took the 2.5 hr cruise and walk. Our guide Rosie was incredibly knowledgeable about the lake, it's geology, and the ecology of the area. She was especially well versed on the flora and fauna of the Jurassic forest. We hope others have the opportunity to take this tour with her. Also her coffee was excellent.
    Written 3 November 2023
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    So happy you enjoyed yourselves! Thank you for the amazing review. We really do pride ourselves in the area and what it has to offer. I will pass on your kind words to Rosie. Safe Travels Dee
    Written 3 November 2023
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    Steve F
    Sydney, Australia4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sept 2022 • Friends
    An amazing trip on Lake Mapourika with early morning mist rising off the lake and beautiful mountain reflections on the water. Dale's knowledge of the local geography, Maori culture and flora and fauna is commendable. The forest walk was just awesome in really ancient rain forest. Highly recommend this adventure.
    Written 24 September 2022
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    Hi Steve, Thanks for taking the time to leave Dale a sweet review! We're stoked you enjoyed your Cruise and Walk with Dale learning all about the local area! Watching the mist clear to reveal the panoramic views of the mountains is definitely a highlight! Safe travels, Teana
    Written 1 October 2022
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    Paul H
    Gillingham, UK4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oct 2022
    We were picked up from our accommodation on time which was 10mins from the lake. The lake cruise commentary was very informative and Dale and Ariel (might have spelt his name wrong) answered every question asked of him. The same was repeated on the rainforest walk, no part of the experience was rushed it was very relaxing. I would definitely recommend it.
    Written 23 October 2022
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    Hi Paul, Thank you very much for leaving us a 5 star review! We are glad to hear Dale and Ariel were able to answer all of the questions you had for them. We hope the rest of your travels around New Zealand are relaxing too! Kind regards, Ariel
    Written 26 October 2022
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    snowflake29
    Milan, Italy15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2024 • Couples
    One of the best local experiences I have been on as a Kiwi in my own country!! Exceptional... Dale is an extremely knowledgeable guide, so relaxed and friendly and took us on a magic trip across the lake early morning on a still calm day. The bush walk is so unique - seeing the natural habitat of the Kiwi, and native plant and tree species is incredibly special.
    I would say this is a do not miss tour for anyone - top value for money in the South Island. I would definitely go again at a different time of year...
    Written 27 February 2024
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    Good Morning, Thanks for the great review! Lake Mapourika is certainly beautiful and Dale is a fantastic guide! We are glad you had such a wonderful time. Thanks, Emma
    Written 28 February 2024
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    Dowell364
    Vernal, UT13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2023 • Couples
    It was a lovely tour, our tour guides both were very knowledgeable and informative. They were willing to try locating birds, also showed and informed us on trees and other flora around. Then the hike was spectacular, again very interesting and informative, not to hard of a hike easy any enjoyable. Followed with the guides entertaining us even made a flower out of reeds, and offered to take our pictures with our phones.
    Written 1 February 2023
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    Hi, Thanks for taking the time to leave your guides a review! We love to share our local knowledge and it sounds like your guides did a great job telling you all about the flora and fauna out on the lake. Safe travels, Teana
    Written 2 February 2023
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