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Kayak Adventure from Franz Josef Glacier

From US$81,70
Highlights
  • Spot Westland’s native birds in the Kahikatea trees with your guide
  • All equipment provided, including dry bags and splash jackets
  • Collect your complimentary digital photos of your day at the end of your tour
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Kayak Adventure from Franz Josef Glacier
From US$81,70
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Guided Kayak 9am 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$81,67
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$81,67
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$81,67
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, travel out by courtesy shuttle to the lakeside and 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
Choose a morning or afternoon kayak tour, then hop aboard your courtesy 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.

During your kayak adventure, paddle across the lake’s clear waters into the Okarito Kiwi Sanctuary—home to untouched rainforest dating back millions of years. All equipment is included on this tour, so you’ll stay warm and dry throughout.

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. Put names to the calls of native birdlife such as the Kiwi and the Rowi—one of the rarest bird species in New Zealand.

When your paddle comes to an end, collect your high-quality digital photos taken from the water, then return by shuttle bus to Franz Josef.
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1 - 5 of 47 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Great Day on the Lake

Despite some rain in the first half of the trip, I still had a fantastic afternoon lead by Will. The company provided heavy duty rain jackets, along with the option for waterproof gloves, so despite the elements everyone was well prepared. On the water, Will...More

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

Hi Alex, Thanks for your detailed review, I have passed your kind words on to Will. We are stoked to hear you had a great time on your tour with us, and glad you enjoyed the free photos! Safe Travels, Maddie

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Wonderful trip on a beautiful day!

We seemed to have a perfect day in Franz-Josef. Our tour guide Laura was wonderful and was very knowledgable. She really took the time to get to know you and was invested in the conversation. The tour group was small and it was nice to...More

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

Hi Abbey, Thanks for your review. We pride ourselves on our small personalised tours and it is great to hear you enjoyed your trip with Laura. Enjoy the rest of your travels. Maddie

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Amazing Adventure!

Mark and I enjoyed this trip immensely, even if we had a pretty crappy day with lots of cloud covering the mountains. Laura made our trip worth it with her knowledge of New Zealand and her passion for the Kiwi! Maddie made it easy for...More

Thank MSR42
GlacierLakeTours, Front Office Manager at Glacier Country Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Sarah, Thanks heaps for your review! I loved being out on the lake with you and Mark too. Glad you enjoyed the experience, we think its equally as beautiful on the lake on cloudy misty days as it is on a clear day! Haha...More

Reviewed 10 April 2018
Probably second best thing to do after visiting Glacier

It is done at nearby lake Maporika and also includes visit to Kiwi sancturary island. But do not count of seeing Kiwi. Many complainted they can not see it in wildlife center in Franz Josef. Best part is tour guide brought DSLR camera and took...More

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GlacierLakeTours, Front Office Manager at Glacier Country Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 11 April 2018

Kia ora, Cheers for your review. Unfortunately kiwi are nocturnal which is why we don't see them on our trip but we hope you still enjoyed seeing their habitat. Hope the rest of your trip in NZ is enjoyable. Laura

Reviewed 8 April 2018 via mobile
Fantastic kayaking experience

Absolutely loved this trip, I would definitely recommend it. The lake was just beautiful with breathtaking views. The instructors Will and Johnny were very friendly and knowledgeable about the area. Will was my kayak buddy and I have to say very encouraging and patient with...More

Thank Tracey L
GlacierLakeTours, Front Office Manager at Glacier Country Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 11 April 2018

Hi Tracey, We're glad you had a nice time on the lake with Will and Jonny. Its great that you had a personal instructor with Will in the back of your boat! Laura

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