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Kayak Adventure from Franz Josef Glacier

From US$82.84
Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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
  • Hassle-free round-trip transportation from Franz Joseph
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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.
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Although it was a bit tiring as I’m quite unfit it was an excellent trip and we all had a lot of fun! Jake was an excellent guide and told us some cool trivia about the lake and floral and fauna we saw! There was...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Demii G
Glacierkayaks, Front Office Manager at Glacier Country Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi Demi, Thanks for leaving Jake a such a great review! We are glad to hear you enjoyed your experience with us even if it was a little tiring! Jake sure does have a lot of interesting facts about the area! We hope you enjoy...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Jake was a great guide as we kayaked around the lake. Shared some very interesting facts and information about the local area. Amazing views.More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Gabriella M
GlacierLakeTours, Front Office Manager at Glacier Country Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Gabriella, Thanks for leaving Jake a great review! It's great to hear you enjoyed the facts he shared with you! We think the views from the lake are pretty amazing too! We hope you enjoy the rest of your travels around NZ! Kind regards,...More

Reviewed 14 June 2019 via mobile

We had an epic time kayaking across Lake Mapourika. The trip itself was super stunning across the glass-like waters. We were lucky enough to go on a sunny day so the mountains were in top form, the sky was clear and not a breath of...More

Thank anakingy
GlacierLakeTours, Front Office Manager at Glacier Country Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 15 June 2019

Hi Ana, Thanks for leaving the team a wonderful review! It's great to hear you had a stunning day out on the lake with Cliff! We sure are pretty lucky to call this place home! Kind regards, Teana

Reviewed 26 May 2019

Unfortunately our scheduled Heli-Hike was delayed and so we stumbled across this activity. So pleased we did as we had a great time seeing this beautiful part of the world. Jo was a really great guide and just a genuinely awesome person.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Jack D
GlacierLakeTours, Front Office Manager at Glacier Country Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 29 May 2019

Hi Jack, Thanks for leaving Jo a 5 star review! We're sorry to hear your Heli Hike was cancelled, but it sounds like you had a great time out on the lake with Jo! Kind regards, Teana

Reviewed 25 May 2019 via mobile

Had an awesome morning with Jake while kayaking can not recommend it enough. Beautiful scenery and great tour guide.

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank haydalex7
GlacierLakeTours, Front Office Manager at Glacier Country Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 29 May 2019

Hi, Thanks for leaving Jake a 5 star review! We're glad to hear you had a great time out on the lake with him. We hope you enjoy the rest of your travels around NZ! Kind regards, Teana

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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.
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marklimyx
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.
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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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