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Franz Josef Wilderness Tours

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Franz Josef, New Zealand
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About Franz Josef Wilderness Tours
Kayak, Cruise or Fish on Lake Mapourika, created by the mighty Franz Josef Glacier. A locally owned and operated family business in Franz Josef Glacier on the West Coast of NZ's South Island. We experience amazing panoramic views of the glaciers and southern alps, mirror like water and also explore a Kiwi Conservation area amongst some of Westland's oldest untouched rainforest. Free photos are included with each tour! Fish for Brown trout or Wild Salmon and enjoy a Scenic Cruise with amazing landscape & birdlife viewing.
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Small-Group Kayak Adventure from Franz Josef Glacier

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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from US$82.55
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Fishing wrote a review Jul 2022
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Went fishing and kayaking with these guys! Amazing tour and fishing boat! Learnt a lot of tricks and even got to ride the boat for a bit 😁
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Date of experience: July 2022
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Response from Franz Josef Wil... T, Front Office Manager at Franz Josef Wilderness Tours
Responded 4 weeks ago
Thanks so much for the review! We're glad you had an amazing time on the lake and driving the boat. Enjoy the rest of your travels :)
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alied8 wrote a review Jul 2022
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Awesome time! The guide was so fun and knowledgeable, and it was such a beautiful spot… Would definitely recommend, added bonus if it’s with Kylan
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Date of experience: July 2022
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Response from Franz Josef Wil... T, Owner at Franz Josef Wilderness Tours
Responded 5 weeks ago
Thanks so much for the review Alie! Glad you had an amazing time on the lake. Enjoy the rest of your vacation!
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kerrinanne wrote a review Jul 2022
West Nyack, New York1 contribution
We had the best experience fishing with Franz Josef Wilderness Tours! They made us a last minute booking the morning of our trip. Our kids were so excited to get out on the lake. The boat was very comfortable and the tour guide was amazing. He talked to us about the local region, the fish in the lake and he had endless patience with our kids. We all enjoyed the experience, my family enjoyed fishing off the boat and the views as we travelled around the lake just got better and better.
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Date of experience: June 2022
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Response from Franz Josef Wil... T, Front Office Manager at Franz Josef Wilderness Tours
Responded 3 Jul 2022
Hi Kerrin, Thanks for taking the time to leave us a 5 star review! We're pleased to hear you had a nice morning out on the lake with Dale. We agree - the views just keep getting better! Safe travels, Teana
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Keira Stanley wrote a review Jun 2022
Gold Coast, Australia12 contributions3 helpful votes
Wonderful 2 hours spent on Lake Mapourika with the skilled Dale, exceptional views of the mountains reflected in the lake, wildlife spotting and Flax weaving by Dale. Well worth the money.
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Date of experience: June 2022
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Response from Franz Josef Wil... T, Front Office Manager at Franz Josef Wilderness Tours
Responded 3 Jul 2022
Hi Keira! Thanks for leaving us a review! We're glad to hear you enjoyed your time out on the lake with Dale, the flax weaving is definitely a highlight! Safe travels, Teana
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Destination767176 wrote a review May 2022
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This was a brilliant morning. Dale was a great guide, friendly and informative, all the kit was provided and we enjoyed kayaking across the lake and down a little creek. We even saw a white heron in flight! Then a walk on a special track through the sanctuary with some fascinating things like blue toadstools and a kiwi nest for a cup of coffee at the viewpoint, finally kayaking back. Dale took some great pictures for us. Strongly recommended, and although there was a little rain it didn't cause any problem.
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Date of experience: May 2022
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Response from Franzjoseftours, Owner at Franz Josef Wilderness Tours
Responded 10 Jun 2022
Hello! Thanks so much for your positive review, we're glad you enjoyed the journey with Dale on the lake. You even got a bit of rain - which is a West Coast bonus haha! We hope to see you again sometime. Kind regards Bronwyn & Dale
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