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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
A unique lake adventure across Lake Mapourika, created by the mighty Franz Josef Glacier. 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!
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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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Em R wrote a review 11 Jun
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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!
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Date of experience: June 2021
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NZEarlybird24 wrote a review 1 Jun
Auckland Region, New Zealand10 contributions7 helpful votes
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!
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Date of experience: May 2021
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Response from Franzjoseftours, Owner at Franz Josef Wilderness Tours
Responded 2 weeks ago
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
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Antonia wrote a review May 2021
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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.
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Date of experience: May 2021
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Response from Franzjoseftours, Owner at Franz Josef Wilderness Tours
Responded 2 weeks ago
Hi Antonia Wow thanks for your review! Glad you enjoyed the photos, scenery, equipment and our funny & friendly guides ;) Safe travels Bronwyn
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Nicky wrote a review May 2021
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So calm so serene very professionally run. Kylan and Dave awesome operators. Highly recommend this company.
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Date of experience: May 2021
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Response from Franz Josef Wil... T, Owner at Franz Josef Wilderness Tours
Responded 2 weeks ago
Hi Nicky, Thanks for the great review and the amazing trip! It was great to get you out oin the water for a paddle with us and to share our amazing backyard! Cheers, Dale (Dave;))
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Emily wrote a review May 2021
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Awesome experience - beautiful scenery and great facts. Highly recommend for anyone passing through or heading to the West Coast!
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Date of experience: May 2021
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