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Lake Mapourika Scenic Cruise from Franz Josef

Highlights
  • 2-hour Lake Mapourika cruise from Franz Joseph
  • Admire mirror reflections of the Southern Alps and glaciers
  • Take a guided walk through a Jurassic rainforest and visit a kiwi sanctuary (if option selected)
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Lake Mapourika Scenic Cruise from Franz Josef
From USD 80.70
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Morning Scenic CruiseMost Popular
The early bird gets the worm on Lake Mapourika! Enjoy mirror reflections and outstanding views of the Southern Alps and Jurassic rainforest. This is the calmest and often clearest time of day!
From USD 80.70
Evening Scenic Cruise (BYO)
Join us for an evening cruise on Lake Mapourika! The Hanna-k is fully equipped with indoor seating and viewing platforms, perfect for unwinding after an adventurous day on the West Coast!
From USD 80.70
Scenic Cruise & Hike
Add on a guided walk through a Jurassic rainforest trail in the Okarito Kiwi Sanctuary!
From USD 87.72
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Overview

This 2-hour scenic cruise on the tranquil, reflective waters of Lake Mapourika offers postcard-perfect photo ops from the boat’s viewing platform. Admire a sweeping panorama of the Southern Alps and Franz Josef Glacier while you listen to live commentary about this scenic gem. Upgrade your tour to include a bush walk through some of the last remaining Kahikatea rainforest and visit the Okarito Kiwi Sanctuary, home to the rowi, New Zealand’s rarest kiwi bird. Select a morning, afternoon or evening departure.

What to Expect
You will meet at the booking office in Franz Josef 10 mins prior to your cruise departure.  You will then have the option of taking the courtesy transport or driving yourself to the lake where you will board the boat and your tour will begin.

Lake Mapourika is famous for its mirror like morning reflections, stunning sunsets and outstanding views.  The lake was left behind by the Franz Josef Glacier as it retreated some 14,000 years ago.  Now the lake remains calm and reflective, in the warmer and drier section of the Franz Josef Glacier Valley.

Your skipper will provide you with a unique perspective on the region, with a wealth of knowledge from years of guiding on the Franz Josef Glacier. Your boat, The Hanna-k is fully enclosed, with a covered back deck and front viewing platform. The opportunities for photographs are endless!

The Okarito Kiwi Sanctuary is a Kiwi Conservation area which borders the back of Lake Mapourika. Learn all the latest about the Rowi Conservation. Take the scenic cruise + hike option to enjoy a guided walk through the sanctuary and see lots of native birds on the track and on your boat journey.

Take the evening scenic cruise option and feel free to bring a bottle of wine to relax and unwind after your day of adventures on the West Coast.
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Reviews (12)
1 - 5 of 11 reviews
Reviewed 21 October 2018
Great morning cruise

Had great morning with Dale cruising around Lake Mapourika. Very relax time Dale informative about the lake & region. Highly recommend this cruise for the lake, scenery & the guide.

Thank Leanne2865
GlacierLakeTours, Manager at Glacier Country Lake Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 22 October 2018

Hi Leanne, Thanks for taking the time to write a review for us. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your tour with Dale. All the best with the rest of your travels. Maddie

Reviewed 18 September 2018 via mobile
Brilliant way to spend the afternoon

We were trying to decide what to do on a very pleasant day in Franz Josef. We booked the lake cruise and walk and we are so glad we did. Dale our skipper and guide was great, very knowledgeable and explained everything very well. The...More

Thank Mally451
GlacierLakeTours, Manager at Glacier Country Lake Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 21 September 2018

Hi, Thanks for taking the time to leave us a detailed review! We are glad to hear you enjoyed your tour with Dale, he does make a good cuppa! :) Safe Travels, Maddie

Reviewed 31 July 2018
Calm and cool Mapourica Scenic Cruise one afternoon at Franz Josef

We were disappointed on arriving at Franz Josef after a 500 km long drive from Queenstown to realize that our pre-booked Helicopter trip to the Glacier was cancelled due to the bad weather. Searching in the net we found one alternative way to have a...More

Thank SojanIpe
GlacierLakeTours, Front Office Manager at Glacier Country Lake Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 11 August 2018

Hi Sojan, We are glad we could swoop in and save the day in the event of the poor weather. Great to hear that you enjoyed your tour with Dale, thanks very much for the review. We hope you enjoy the rest of your travels....More

Reviewed 29 June 2018
So glad we did this!

My wife and I took this tour back in February and loved it. It was a cloudy day so we had Dale and the boat all to ourselves. What everyone has already posted is true. Dale was great with Maori tales and a flower for...More

Thank mbkassnar
GlacierLakeTours, Front Office Manager at Glacier Country Lake Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 23 July 2018

HI Michael, Thank you for taking the time to write us such a great review. We are glad you enjoyed your private tour with Dale and awesome to hear that we were your highlight! We hope you enjoyed the rest of your holiday. Cheers, Maddie

Reviewed 22 February 2018
Beautiful afternoon

What a great way to spend an afternoon on the lake with an informative guide His knowledge of the trees, birds and culture was very interesting We ever watch him make a flower from the flax Take a bottle of wine, bickies an dip, sit...More

Thank Janet3009
GlacierLakeTours, Front Office Manager at Glacier Country Lake Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 23 March 2018

Hi Janet, We love your thinking, no better way to take in the views! Thanks for the great review! Enjoy the rest of your travels. Maddie

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Response from SojanIpe | Reviewed this property |
I am not too sure about the timing in the morning. We took the afternoon cruise. Franz Joseph is a small township. You can easily find a place to book as soon as you arrive.
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