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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
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Guided Kayak 9am departure
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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$83.66
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$83.66
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$83.66
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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 (89)
1 - 5 of 77 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago
Ok experience--better than doing nothing in rainy weather

Organized company, felt safe and professional. Beautiful setting, but we had terrible weather, which obstructed the most stunning views. Better than doing nothing on a day of bad weather, but not sure I would repeat it under the same weather conditions. Kayaking itself was easy--calm,...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Rachel W
GlacierLakeTours, Manager at Glacier Country Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Rachel, Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review. It is a shame that we can't control the weather, but we are glad you enjoyed the tour despite this. Great to hear that even though there was a bit of rain you...More

Reviewed 1 week ago
Fun Trip with Good Guides

The kayak adventure from Franz Josef was a great activity. The guides were very helpful and informative about the surrounding environment and really gave you some good bits of information. We really enjoyed our trip even though it was raining.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Spencer S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Classic Kayak trip on lake Mapourika

Brilliantly lead by Carlene and Frank, we did the 9am trip that returned at midday. They provide everything you need for the activity, just wear clothes comfortable for sitting in a kayak. Assuming you manage not to tip the boat (very rare apparently) the only...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank JoeDale90
GlacierLakeTours, Front Office Manager at Glacier Country Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi, Thanks for leaving Carlene and Frank such a great review! We hope you continue to get sunshine on the rest of your travels! Kind regards, Teana

Reviewed December 6, 2018 via mobile
Sunset kayak

After an exciting morning of Heli Hike we finished our day with the stunning sunset kayaking. This was our first kayak experience and honestly the 1.5 hour shoreline kayak course may be more suitable for us but we only managed to join the sunset one...More

Thank ikihappy
GlacierLakeTours, Front Office Manager at Glacier Country Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded December 10, 2018

Hi, Thanks for leaving a great review of your guides. The sunset kayak is the perfect way to end a busy day on the glacier! Thanks for coming out on your first kayaking trip with us! Kind regards, Teana

Reviewed December 3, 2018
Stunning location, safely managed kayaking with friendly guides

Went with a group of six two-person kayaks with three guides. Pick-up in Franz Josef Glacier to Lake Mapourika a stunning location with fantastic backdrop of mountains. Mixed group, adult and a family of four children who, believe me, had a lot of fun. Given...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank l_mcmanamon
GlacierLakeTours, Front Office Manager at Glacier Country Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded December 10, 2018

Hi, Thanks for the 5 star review our our guides! Wow, you were lucky enough to see the a White Heron! Sounds like you had a great trip! Enjoy your free photos! Safe travels, Teana

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marklimyx
November 30, 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.
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Ted M
June 6, 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
May 18, 2018|
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Response from Turnoff | Reviewed this property |
No, the instructors will give you a safety briefing and fill you in on how to paddle and steer the craft
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