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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.

Lake Mapourika was created by the mighty Franz Josef Glacier as it retreated some 14 000 years ago, now it sits sandwiched between the Southern Alps and the Tasman Sea. The glassy water and unbeatable views make it one of the scenic gems of the West Coast.

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
  • Receive 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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Important Information
Departure Point
64 Cron St, Franz Josef Glacier 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
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 travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled 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 travelers
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 today

Amazing experience, Annie and Howie prepared and super funny. For us, it was the first time kayaking and we love it thank to our guides!

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Marta_venerus
Reviewed yesterday

I loved my mini kayaking adventure on Lake Mapourika! Thank you Dale and Annie you were ace. I was expecting mostly rain - and it would have still been amazing - but the sun did come out and made it even better. The scenery was...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank batsabah
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Well worth doing, great views, informative guide and good value for money, lake is calm and you get a great view of the glaciers.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Adam D
Glacierkayaks, Front Office Manager at Glacier Country Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi Adam, Thanks for taking your time to leave us a review! Sounds like you had a great morning out on the lake with your guide learning about the local area. We hope you enjoy the rest of your travels around NZ! Kind regards, Teana

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was amazing !! It beat even our expectations!! Totally incredible!! Howie is the bomb! 💥The wealth of information and the whole experience was the best !! ✅✅🏆🏆Highly recommended!!!

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Minsie01
Glacierkayaks, Front Office Manager at Glacier Country Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Minsie, Thank you for leaving how such an incredible review! We bet your expectations? Wow! We will be sure to pass this on to Howie! We hope you enjoy the rest of your travels around NZ! Kind regards, Teana

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is one of New Zealand's must do activities. This lake is beyond perfect. As a family we had the greatest time. Can't say enough about the professionalism and care Dale and his team provide. We were first time kayakers and never felt ill at...More

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

Hi Rachel, Wow! Thanks for leaving us such a great review! It's great to hear you had an awesome time with Dale and he made you feel at ease on your first experience kayaking! We hope this has made you want to try kayaking again...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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