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Small-Group Kayak Adventure from Franz Josef Glacier provided by Franz Josef Wilderness Tours

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Small-Group Kayak Adventure from Franz Josef Glacier

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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Updated 03/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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.
Itinerary
  • You’ll have 2 starting options
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    Lake Mapourika
    Stop: 3 hours
    Paddle across the stunning waters of Lake Mapourika with your knowledgeable local guide. Take in views of the glaciers and Southern Alps as you paddle across and explore the rainforest and conservation area on the far shoreline of lake.
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Highlights
  • Kayak on scenic Lake Mapourika, spotting native kiwi and the rare rowi
  • Receive digital photos capturing the excitement of the day
  • All equipment, including dry bags and splash jackets, is provided
  • Round-trip transportation from Franz Joseph available upon request
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 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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Important Information
Departure Point
Franz Josef Highway, West Coast 7886, New Zealand Lake Mapourika Recreational Area, Waiho 7886, New Zealand
Duration
3h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • 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
  • Private transportation
Exclusions
  • 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
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Inspiration687477 wrote a review Apr 2021
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Kylan was amazing and made us feel very comfortable with everything. He was great at teaching us the ropes for kayaking and had a very impressive knowledge of the surrounding area flora and fauna. Not only was the kayaking trip a load of fun, but it was also interesting to
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Response from GlacierLakeTours, Owner at Small-Group Kayak Adventure from Franz Josef Glacier
Responded 1 week ago
Hi there Thanks so much for your review! We're glad you enjoyed your time with Kylan - he's a great guide and I'll pass on your feedback! Kind regards Bronwyn
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Neil S wrote a review Apr 2021
Christchurch, New Zealand1 contribution
This is a wonderful way to experience the lake. The secluded inlets and shores are beautiful and so serene. We were expertly guided by Becca who explained the basics of kayaking and showed us the sights while providing an informative commentary. I highly recommend this activity
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Response from BronBurrows, Owner at Small-Group Kayak Adventure from Franz Josef Glacier
Responded 1 week ago
Hi Team, Thank you for the amazing review and I will be sure to let Becca know she is doing a great job! It is such a speacil place we have here and it is a pleasure to share the beautiful nature with people such as yourselves! We hope to see you again!
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bethan559 wrote a review Apr 2021
Manchester, United Kingdom30 contributions27 helpful votes
We booked a 2 night trip through Franz Joseph wilderness tours which included a hotel, kayaking and quad biking. It was amazing value and they were extremely helpful organising the kayaking trip. The kayaking was really good with amazing views and Dale was a great guide. Would
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Response from BronBurrows, Owner at Small-Group Kayak Adventure from Franz Josef Glacier
Responded 3 weeks ago
Hi Bethan Thanks for your review! We're pleased you enjoyed our trip, and the package for Franz Josef too! Hope you enjoyed the rest of your journey and we'd love to see you back again sometime! Kind regards Bronwyn
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Tash Pickard wrote a review Feb 2021
West Coast Region, New Zealand4 contributions
I did the 9am kayak tour around lake mapourika led by the awesome Becca. We spent 3 hours cruising around the beautiful reflective lake, learning some incredible facts about the local area and taking some stunning scenic photos. This is the perfect start to a day and such a cool
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Date of experience: February 2021
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Response from Franzjoseftours, Owner at Small-Group Kayak Adventure from Franz Josef Glacier
Responded 3 Feb 2021
Hi Tash Thanks for your wonderful review! I'll pass the feedback on to Becca too. We'd love to have you back for a sunset trip sometime :) Kind regards Bronwyn
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Teresa W wrote a review Jan 2021
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An awesome trip with a great guide that coped well with our family (young kids and keens) that had really different levels of experience. We had not really thought about kayaking whilst staying at a glacier but Lake Mapourika is incredible and to experience it in a kayak with a
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Date of experience: January 2021
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Response from Franzjoseftours, Owner at Small-Group Kayak Adventure from Franz Josef Glacier
Responded 20 Jan 2021
Hi Teresa Thanks so much for your review! We're happy you enjoyed paddling with Becca, she had a blast with you and family too. We'd love to see you again next time your coming to our region. All the best. Bronwyn
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About the operator

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Albert d
Albert d
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Wonderful scenery, comfortable boat fun knowledgeable crew
Wonderful cruise on the lake with everything you would expect, excellent views and reflections in the lake, nature
kenmrand
kenmrand
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Wonderful peaceful afternoon on the lake taking it all in.
Dale took my husband and I out at short notice, he has so much knowledge about the surrounding area and easy to cha
NeilFitz69
NeilFitz69
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A great way to actively relax in Franz Josef
This was a great excursion from start to finish. Kilian, our guide, was happy to provide helpful information by pho
feist88
feist88
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great guides and well organized
we had a great time in the water and our guide , Debbie was very professional and knowledgeable . it was raining in
Cruiser772604
Cruiser772604
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Franz Josef Lake Mapourika Adventure!
Loved this experience! Surrounded by the natural raw beauty of Lake Mapourika. Stunning! Incredible history to be l
NAandSW
NAandSW
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Great adventure
In spite of the rain we really enjoyed the leisurely boat trip and the rain forest walk. Dale was a great guide, f
Patricia M
Patricia M
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Wonderful boat trip and bush walk
Really enjoyed this boat trip and bush walk with Dale who is very personable and obviously enjoys his job, he gave
carolineo158
carolineo158
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Exceptional Guide Experience
Dale our guide had exceptional knowledge of the area, the glaciers and the Rainforest. Highly recommend this as a
Jegru0
Jegru0
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Brilliant kayaking guides
We had an amazing experience kayaking around the lake for 3 hours. Started at 9am with fog but the sun burnt it off
Meagantravels
Meagantravels
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Serene SUP experience
Going on this Stand Up Paddle board tour was a fantastic way to start the day. Lake Mapourika is a very calm lake,
Paigel1994
Paigel1994
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Amazing!
We did this as part of our honeymoon and it was one of the best days of our 2 week trip. Our guide was Becca (who d
Templc
Templc
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EXPERIENCE NOT TO BE MISSED
myself and 2 girlfriends did the sunset kayaking on Lake Mapourika, and it was fantastic. Our guide i believe was J
JanDeichsel
JanDeichsel
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Most exciting trip
Amazing fishing tour, had a lovely time! Managed to get a salmon and an eel, super exciting! A mandatory experience
Aoteaora
Aoteaora
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relax, soak up the scenery
a beautiful lake / a wonderful guide. A fishing cruise with Dale is a must do when visiting the West Coast
Pinkcat15
Pinkcat15
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Highly recommended!
This activity is one of the best to do in Franz Josef. Make sure that your list🔰 will be ticked ✅ before your leav
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