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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.
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64 Cron Street
64 Cron Street, Franz Josef Glacier 7886, New Zealand Our booking office is located in Franz Josef Glacier township - right across the road from the Franz Josef Glacier Guides.
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    Lake Mapourika
    Stop: 3 hours -
    Paddle across the stunning waters of Lake Mapourika with your knowledgeable local guide. Take in views of the glaciers and Southern Alps as you paddle across and explore the rainforest and conservation area on the far shoreline of lake.
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64 Cron Street
64 Cron Street, Franz Josef Glacier 7886, New Zealand Our booking office is located in Franz Josef Glacier township - right across the road from the Franz Josef Glacier Guides.
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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
  • Round-trip transportation from Franz Joseph available upon request
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 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 Street, 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
  • Private transportation
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 travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled 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 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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By: Glacier Country Kayaks
Tim
Farmington Hills, Michigan
10
Insights into the flora and fauna
The Lake Mapourika tour was a serene experience, but our guide Jake made all the difference. His knowledge and
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allison w
Palm City, Florida
40
Lovely Day
Great time on the water and on the rain forest hike with our guide, Annie...who also takes great photos to share.
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Wander-lost100
71
Amazing tour, great guide
Even though it was raining and misty it was still beautiful, we were provided with waterproof gear. No one else
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Andrea
San Francisco, California
374
Nice afternoon kayaking
This is an excellent activity for Franz Josef, especially on days when helicopters are grounded and no glacier
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Ally K
Sydney, Australia
61
A must do when in Glacier Country!
We did both the stand up paddle boarding and the sunset kayak cruise and we thoroughly enjoyed it!! Annie and
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Shae
10
Thank you Glacier Country Kayak
What an amazing family fun activity. We did the 1.5 hour trip and it was perfect even with our 2 year old. The
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Sigalit B
Ra'anana, Israel
11993
wonderful views and great walk
2.5 hours of sailing in mirror lake with breathtaking views and easy guided walking in the forest with interesting
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승현 김
20
I highly recommend this kayak adventure
We went on sunset kayak tour and it was really amazing. The quiet and calm lake was so beautiful and beyond any
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Nilrad
336
Great start to the day
This was a fabulous start to the day, with beautiful views, a leisurely row to the other side of the lake, an
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Divyabajaj1991@gmail.com
Mumbai, India
122
Brilliant sunset kayak
We visited Lake Mapourika for Kayaking with the Glacier Country Kayaks - they are the only company in Franz Josef
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