Franz Josef Wilderness Tours

Franz Josef Wilderness Tours

Franz Josef Wilderness Tours
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Explore further in Franz Josef Glacier... Kayak Tours, Boat Cruises & Off-Road Adventure tours in Franz Josef Glacier. We're an 100% locally owned and operated family business in Franz Josef Glacier on the West Coast of NZ's South Island. On Lake Mapourika experience amazing panoramic views of the glaciers and southern alps relfected onto mirror-like water amongst some of Westland's oldest untouched rainforest! Fish for Brown trout or Wild Salmon and enjoy a Scenic Cruise with amazing landscape & birdlife viewing. Join an off-road adventure tour to experience Franz Josef's ultimate wet weather activity or on a sunny day enjoy spectacular views of the Franz Josef Glacier from afar. FREE photos with each tour.
Franz Josef, New Zealand
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2023

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emi w
Kingston-upon-Hull, UK2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
We did this tour 15/02 at 14:30 with a guide called Rosie.

We decided to get a buggy and make the most of the wet weather.

I'm so glad we did because the rain made it so much more fun because we had to drive through deep puddles.

They take photos on this tour and provide them free of charge at the end by emailing you them.

I've added the guide photos so you can see the quality and know what to expect.

Anyway , fun all round on this tour. Cracking buggy and Quads that you use .
Written 15 February 2024
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Thanks for the great review! We are glad you had a fantastic off road adventure in the rain and mud and enjoyed the free photos! Safe Travels! Emma
Written 16 February 2024
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dan5124
Spokane Valley, WA79 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Fun fun fun!!! This quad biking tour is in a beautiful location and packed with adventure. Our guides, Nick and Rosie were welcoming, fun and took great care of us. Highly recommend! I’d even say don’t miss this!
Written 12 February 2024
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Thank you for the wonderful review! I will pass this on to Rosie and Nick. Kind regards Dee
Written 14 February 2024
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Lisa G
Norwich, UK17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Brilliant tour, best fun ever. Guide was really good & made us feel very comfortable & safe. Thanks Rosco (Brian). The wet weather gear was very much appreciated in the torrential rain, but the clouds cleared & the mountains shone through.
Written 10 February 2024
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Thank you for your great review! Glad to hear you enjoyed yourself. You never know what weather you are going to get on the West Coast, it can change in a heart beat. Thanks for joining us! Dee
Written 11 February 2024
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6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Just brilliant. As beginner kayakers we were a little nervous but it turned out to be very easy. After a quick lesson and safety tips we were off without even getting our feet wet. We paddled at an easy pace over to the island (about 3km) where we got out and went on our hike. There were frequent stops where our excellent guide, Sydney, showed us things of interest and talked about the flora and fauna and then, after a short stop for tea/coffee we retraced our steps. Although the hike took about an hour the stops meant that it was not taxing. We then retraced our paddle strokes. It was a very good tour and we were given free copies of all the photos Sydney had taken so we didn't have to risk losing our cameras or phones in the lake. Highly recommended.
Written 9 February 2024
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Wow! Thank you for the wonderful review! We cater to all abilities, but the lake certainly is a great starting point for beginner kayakers. Glad to hear you enjoyed the whole experience and the free photos. Our guides taking the photos means you are able to enjoy the experience without being behind the lens and really take in the wildlife the West Coast has on offer. Thanks for joining us! Dee
Written 11 February 2024
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Sue R
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
We had a very lovely afternoon cruise & rainforest walk. Joe & Dylan were very friendly and very informative. I would thoroughly recommend this trip.
Written 9 February 2024
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Thank you so much for your wonderful review. Great to hear you had a lovely time out on the lake. Safe travels Dee
Written 11 February 2024
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TexasHomey
37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
It was raining the day we did this. Cloudy- could not see any of the surrounding mountains and views. Yet, we STILL had a great time. That says something. The views are what you go to Franz Josef for. Cody was our guide. He did a great job. Was very friendly and knew a lot about the area, even though he had not lived there long. He did a wonderful job on the walk and took some great pictures for us to keep.
Written 5 February 2024
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Thank you so much for the lovely review! The rain came certainly dampen a holiday. But we try to make the most of everyday and run in all weather, so everyone can enjoy their time in Franz Josef. Great to hear that you had a good time regardless of the cloudy views on the lake. The cloud does create a moody ambiance that's for sure. Thanks for joining us! Dee
Written 6 February 2024
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Vanguard007
Playa Ocotal, Costa Rica123 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
Had a blast yesterday with this group. Rosie led us through the rain forest and out on the open terrain where there was lots of water everywhere. Had a great time and would highly recommend
Written 4 February 2024
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Thank you Doug for the wonderful review. Glad you enjoyed your tour with Rosie! The quad bikes are definitely a great way to experience Franz Josef in another light. Thanks for joining us! Dee
Written 5 February 2024
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fml70
Monterrey, Mexico230 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Great experience! Our family had lots of fun on the Off Road Quad Bike Tour even though the day was grey and raining. They were right: The wetter the better! Guides took us on trails inside the rainforest and the river bed with incredible views. They also took us great pics! Had a great time.
Written 3 February 2024
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Thank you for the great review! The Off-Road Adventure Tour is certainly "wetter the better" It is great that we can offer an option to people when the rain tries to dampen holidays. We want to make sure everyone's experience of Franz Josef is a good one, regardless of the weather. Safe travels Thanks again Dee
Written 3 February 2024
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Jacqui P
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
We did a the kayak and hike tour. Our guide Dylan (Dillon?) was friendly, informative and helpful. The lake was stunning and the rainforest incredible. Would highly recommend this tour
Written 3 February 2024
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Thank you for the lovely review! I will pass on the review to Dylan. Always great to get feedback about our guides! Thank you again for joining us. Dee
Written 3 February 2024
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Helen J
Porlock, UK21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We enjoyed kayaking - in a group of 7. Excellent safety briefing by Cat the instructor. Amazing paddling across the lake and into a peaceful lagoon. We saw 2 white herons flying majestically. Special memories- thank you.
Written 3 February 2024
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Thank you so much for the great review! Glad we were able to make your time in Franz Josef a memorable one! The lake is certainly a peaceful place. And offers great views of the mountains. Kind regards Dee
Written 3 February 2024
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