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Kayak Adventure from Franz Josef Glacier

Highlights
  • Kayak on scenic Lake Mapourika, spotting native kiwi and the rare rowi
  • Enjoy complimentary digital photos capturing the excitement of the day
  • All equipment, including dry bags and splash jackets, is provided
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Kayak Adventure from Franz Josef Glacier
From US$ 84.42
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Guided Kayak 9am departureMost Popular
Join us on a kayak advenuture just minutes from Franz Josef Glacier! Lake Mapourika is the scenic gem of the West Coast. Unbeatable views and kiwi sanctuary tour. Free photos included.
From US$ 84.42
Guided Kayak 1pm departure
Join us on a kayak advenuture just minutes from Franz Josef Glacier! Lake Mapourika is the scenic gem of the West Coast. Unbeatable views and kiwi sanctuary tour. Free photos included.
From US$ 84.42
Guided Kayak 2pm departure
Join us on a kayak advenuture just minutes from Franz Josef Glacier! Lake Mapourika is the scenic gem of the West Coast. Unbeatable views and kiwi sanctuary tour. Free photos included.
From US$ 84.42
Overview
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.
What to Expect

Hop aboard the shuttle bus in Franz Josef and head out to the shores of Lake Mapourika. Nestled between the Southern Alps and the Tasman Sea, Lake Mapourika was forged into the landscape by the mighty Franz Josef Glacier.

As you start your kayak adventure, paddle across the lake’s clear waters into the Okarito Kiwi Sanctuary—home to untouched rain forest dating back millions of years.With your guide to lead the way, admire fine views over the kahikatea trees to the Southern Alps and glaciers beyond, and gain insight into the region’s fascinating geology. Identify calls of native birds such as the kiwi and the rowi—one of the rarest bird species in New Zealand. All equipment is included on this tour, so you’ll stay warm and dry throughout.

When your paddle comes to an end, collect your high-quality digital photos taken from the water before returning to Franz Josef.

Reviews (80)
1 - 5 of 68 reviews
Reviewed 3 days ago
Excellent service and unique experience

Done a kayaking tour in Lake Mapourika, it's a beautiful morning with awesome staff, William and our kayaking guide Hayley, very informative and cheerful, all of us in the group had a wonderful morning. My friend and I did the double kayak together, staying in...More

Thank patatayan
Reviewed 6 days ago
Twilight kayaking at Lake Mapourika.

The activity started with meeting our fresh faced, smiling, enthusiastic guide and a short but picturesque drive from Franz Josef. Once at the lake we were given a run down on the equipment and itinerary for the activity. The equipment supplied meant no wet bums...More

Thank Turnoff
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Simply breathtaking!

Love the small group size of this kayak tour. We had great fun in Lake Mapourika and paddled safe under the good guidance of Will and Joe. Highly recommended!

Thank heiglads
GlacierLakeTours, Manager at Glacier Country Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi, Thanks for taking the time to write us a review. Great to hear that you enjoyed your tour with Will and Joe! All the best with the rest of your travels. Maddie

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Great experience

Firstly, Glacier Country Kayaks has a puppy in their workplace and I think that any workplace that has a puppy automatically should get a 5* review. She gave good cuddles too. My kayaking experience was great. I was on a group tour and some of...More

Thank starrylaa
GlacierLakeTours, Front Office Manager at Glacier Country Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi, Thanks for well thought out 5 star review, looks like we will be keeping the puppy around. Glad to hear you really enjoyed the trip, we hope the rest of your travels are just as enjoyable. Kind regards, Will.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Kayaking greatness :)

I had a kayak trip the other day was amazing, the guides knew so much about the lake and the kiwis that are around. If in the town of Franz Josef would recommend this tour to anyone.

Thank Calib G
GlacierLakeTours, Manager at Glacier Country Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Calib, Thanks for the 5-star review! Great to hear you enjoyed your time on the lake with us. We hope to see you back soon. Cheers, Maddie

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Ted M
7 June 2018|
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Response from AP13NYC | Reviewed this property |
Absolutely. You only have to walk from the parking lot to the lake which is about 10 meters. Definitely a good option for you.
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Ashley M
18 May 2018|
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Response from kschook | Reviewed this property |
No kayak experience whatsoever :)
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