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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!
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
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 yesterday 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
Reviewed 1 week ago

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
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 1 week ago

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 4 weeks ago 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 2 weeks ago

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

Reviewed 17 July 2019

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 5 weeks 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

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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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