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Kayak Adventure from Franz Josef Glacier

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A unique kayak adventure, only minutes from Franz Josef Glacier! Set out across Lake Mapourika's mirror-like water and enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding Southern Alps and Glaciers.

Explore a kiwi sanctuary set amidst some of the oldest untouched rainforest in Westland!

This tour lasts up to three hours and is designed to complete your Glacier Country Experience!
  • 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
  • Hassle-free round-trip transportation from Franz Joseph
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.
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Departure Point
Our booking office is located in Franz Josef Glacier township - right across the road from the Franz Josef Glacier Guides.
  • Fully Guided Activity
  • High Quality Photos
  • All equipment provided including dry bags, splash jackets and gloves and hats in the winter
  • Courtesy Transport to and from the Lake
  • Courtesy pick-ups available on request
  • Lunch
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had the lovely Jake as our guide and he took very good care of us, great scenery, would recommend.More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank ErinLunardelli
Glacierkayaks, Front Office Manager at Glacier Country Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Erin, Thank you for a great review! Really happy you had an awesome time! Jake sure knows how to have fun and look after you out on the lake. Hope to see you out there again the next time your on the West Coast!...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Thanks for a fantastic morning kayaking! The weather was perfect, the lake was so peaceful and Jake and Howie were really helpful and friendly. Definitely a highlight and so glad I did it! Really grateful they took photos for us and of us which meant...More

Thank Sarahannejackson
Glacierkayaks, Front Office Manager at Glacier Country Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Sarah, Thank you for the awesome review! Really happy you guys had a great time out on the lake with us. Was a pretty perfect day, glad we were able to capture some pics worthy of framing! Hope you have a great rest of...More

Reviewed 13 August 2019

As weather can be particularly unpredictable in the region, my husband and I were looking for an acitibity to do since we couldn’t see the glacier for two days. We are so happy we found kayaking!! Our guide Jake was friendly, helpful, and an excellent...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank GAGline
Glacierkayaks, Front Office Manager at Glacier Country Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for leaving such a great review! We're really happy you had an awesome time out on the lake with us. You can always count on us for a good time even when the weather isn't all that great. Hope you have a great...More

Reviewed 8 August 2019

Get yourself out on the lake! It's a beautiful way to spend a couple of hours. It rained for a part of our trip and we still loved it. Jake is a top guide and Howie got everything sorted for us easily. Would love to...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Jack S
GlacierLakeTours, Front Office Manager at Glacier Country Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 10 August 2019

Hi Jack, Super happy you guys had an awesome time with us! Wouldn't be the West Coast without a little rain ehy. Thanks for the great review. We look forward to getting you guys out on the lake again with us again soon. Kind Regards...More

Reviewed 24 July 2019 via mobile

We had amazing weather and an awesome time! We picked the morning tour and would definitely try the sunset tour as well next time we visit. Our group was small and all pictures turned out stunningMore

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Rinmalin
GlacierLakeTours, Front Office Manager at Glacier Country Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 5 August 2019

Hi, Thank you for such a great review. Super happy you enjoyed your time out on the lake with us and you loved the pictures. The sunsets on the water sure are magical. Can't wait to have you back out with us again. Kind Regards...More

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susan e
16 February 2019|
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Response from 625spencers | Reviewed this property |
Yes, they will pair you up, but I also believe they have single kayaks.
30 November 2018|
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Response from Cecilia L | Reviewed this property |
It depends if your child could sit still on the 2 hour ride. Also, call the company in advance to check what the age requirements are for children to go kayaking.
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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