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You will meet at the booking office in Franz Josef 10 mins prior to your cruise departure.  You will then have the option of taking the courtesy transport or driving yourself to the lake where you will board the boat and your tour will begin.

Lake Mapourika is famous for its mirror like morning reflections, stunning sunsets and outstanding views.  The lake was left behind by the Franz Josef Glacier as it retreated some 14,000 years ago.  Now the lake remains calm and reflective, in the warmer and drier section of the Franz Josef Glacier Valley.

Your skipper will provide you with a unique perspective on the region, with a wealth of knowledge from years of guiding on the Franz Josef Glacier. Your boat, The Hanna-k is fully enclosed, with a covered back deck and front viewing platform. The opportunities for photographs are endless!

The Okarito Kiwi Sanctuary is a Kiwi Conservation area which borders the back of Lake Mapourika. Learn all the latest about the Rowi Conservation. Take the scenic cruise + hike option to enjoy a guided walk through the sanctuary and see lots of native birds on the track and on your boat journey.

Take the evening scenic cruise option and feel free to bring a bottle of wine to relax and unwind after your day of adventures on the West Coast.
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Kahikatea Gardens
Glacier Country Lake Tours

This 2-hour scenic cruise on the tranquil, reflective waters of Lake Mapourika offers postcard-perfect photo ops from the boat’s viewing platform. Admire a sweeping panorama of the Southern Alps and Franz Josef Glacier while you listen to live commentary about this scenic gem. Upgrade your tour to include a bush walk through some of the last remaining Kahikatea rainforest and visit the Okarito Kiwi Sanctuary, home to the rowi, New Zealand’s rarest kiwi bird. Select a morning, afternoon or evening departure.

  • 2-hour Lake Mapourika cruise from Franz Joseph
  • Admire mirror reflections of the Southern Alps and glaciers
  • Take a guided walk through a Jurassic rainforest and visit a kiwi sanctuary (if option selected)
  • Hear informative commentary from the skipper on board
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Calm and cool Mapourica Scenic Cruise one afternoon at Franz Josef

We were disappointed on arriving at Franz Josef after a 500 km long drive from Queenstown to realize that our pre-booked Helicopter trip to the Glacier was cancelled due to the bad weather. Searching in the net we found one alternative way to have a...More

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GlacierLakeTours, Front Office Manager at Glacier Country Lake Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hi Sojan, We are glad we could swoop in and save the day in the event of the poor weather. Great to hear that you enjoyed your tour with Dale, thanks very much for the review. We hope you enjoy the rest of your travels....More

Reviewed 29 June 2018
So glad we did this!

My wife and I took this tour back in February and loved it. It was a cloudy day so we had Dale and the boat all to ourselves. What everyone has already posted is true. Dale was great with Maori tales and a flower for...More

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GlacierLakeTours, Front Office Manager at Glacier Country Lake Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

HI Michael, Thank you for taking the time to write us such a great review. We are glad you enjoyed your private tour with Dale and awesome to hear that we were your highlight! We hope you enjoyed the rest of your holiday. Cheers, Maddie

Reviewed 22 February 2018
Beautiful afternoon

What a great way to spend an afternoon on the lake with an informative guide His knowledge of the trees, birds and culture was very interesting We ever watch him make a flower from the flax Take a bottle of wine, bickies an dip, sit...More

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GlacierLakeTours, Front Office Manager at Glacier Country Lake Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 23 March 2018

Hi Janet, We love your thinking, no better way to take in the views! Thanks for the great review! Enjoy the rest of your travels. Maddie

Reviewed 15 February 2018
Excellent trip

2 hours long and well worth the trip. Dale’s knowledge and insite is excellent and makes the cruise highly informative.

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GlacierLakeTours, Front Office Manager at Glacier Country Lake Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 March 2018

Hey, Thanks for the 5 star review, we are pleased to hear you had a great time exploring the Lake with Dale. Enjoy the rest of your travels, Maddie

Reviewed 12 February 2018
Magical rainforest walk

It was raining hard, but we had booked ahead and so luckily had Dale all to ourselves. He had the rain gear ready for us and was a very knowledgeable and friendly guide. The trail was rough, which seemed more realistic than a well-worn one--like...More

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GlacierLakeTours, Front Office Manager at Glacier Country Lake Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 March 2018

Hi Leslie, Thanks for your detailed review, great to hear you enjoyed your tour. We do pride ourselves on giving people a true West Coast experience - good to hear the rain didn't stop you! Enjoy the rest of your travels, Maddie

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