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Franz Josef Wilderness Tours

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Franz Josef, New Zealand
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About Franz Josef Wilderness Tours
A unique lake adventure across Lake Mapourika, created by the mighty Franz Josef Glacier. We experience amazing panoramic views of the glaciers and southern alps, mirror like water and also explore a Kiwi Conservation area amongst some of Westland's oldest untouched rainforest. Free photos are included with each tour!
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Small-Group Kayak Adventure from Franz Josef Glacier

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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3 hours
from USD 95.22

4-hour Lake Mapourika Kayak and Hike adventure, with Okarito Kiwi Sanctuary

Discover the natural wonders of Lake Mapourika on this 4-hour kayaking adventure. Paddle around the lake against a backdrop of the Franz Josef Glacier, head ashore for a hike around the Okarito Kiwi Sanctuary, and learn more about New Zealand’s famous Kiwi birds.
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4 hours
from USD 108.94

2-Hour Scenic Cruise in Lake Mapourika

Discover the true beauty of the West Coast in a small personalized cruise on Lake Mapourika. The Jurassic rainforest fringed bays which reflect the surrounding Alps and Glaciers will leave you in awe of its beauty. Explore a kiwi conservation area with your knowledgeable local skipper and enjoy watching curious native birdlife in the surrounding rainforest shoreline.
Evening cruises, with a glass of wine (BYO) in the summer time are a wonderful way to end the day.
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2 hours
from USD 86.40

Cruise & Rainforest Walk - Franz Josef Glacier

Enjoy exclusive access to our private rainforest trail, only accessible by boat! The rainforest trail journeys through a Kiwi Conservation region and some of Westland's oldest untouched rainforest.
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2 hours 30 minutes
from USD 108.94

Cruise & Stand Up Paddleboard Tour

A paddleboard experience like no other! A comfortable scenic boat ride before an Stand Up Paddleboard Adventure! SUP amongst the giant rainforest trees amidst the Jurassic rainforest of a kiwi conservation area with Glaciers and Alps as your backdrop.
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3 hours
from USD 108.94
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Neil and Sally wrote a review 13 Apr
Upper Hutt, New Zealand2 contributions1 helpful vote
In spite of the rain we really enjoyed the leisurely boat trip and the rain forest walk. Dale was a great guide, full of information about the lake, the forest and the glaciers. We certainly learnt a lot. The hot drink following the forest walk was most welcome. We would recommend this adventure to everyone. Thank you Dale, a great 2 hours. Neil and Sally Whiteman, Upper Hutt
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Response from BronBurrows, Owner at Franz Josef Wilderness Tours
Responded 3 days ago
Hi Neil & Sally Thanks for your great review! We're glad you enjoyed the trip, even in the rain! It's wonderful how warn & dry the cabin is on the Hanna-k, and a hot drink is always nice on drizzly day! Hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in our region! All the best. Bronwyn & Dale
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bethan559 wrote a review 13 Apr
Manchester, United Kingdom27 contributions27 helpful votes
We booked a 2 night trip through Franz Joseph wilderness tours which included a hotel, kayaking and quad biking. It was amazing value and they were extremely helpful organising the kayaking trip. The kayaking was really good with amazing views and Dale was a great guide. Would highly recommend the kayaking.
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Response from BronBurrows, Owner at Franz Josef Wilderness Tours
Responded 3 days ago
Hi Bethan Thanks for your review! We're pleased you enjoyed our trip, and the package for Franz Josef too! Hope you enjoyed the rest of your journey and we'd love to see you back again sometime! Kind regards Bronwyn
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Patricia M wrote a review 13 Apr
Rotorua, New Zealand17 contributions22 helpful votes
Really enjoyed this boat trip and bush walk with Dale who is very personable and obviously enjoys his job, he gave us a full commentary both on the lake and in the forest, so that we learnt so much about the area and the bush. This trip is good for rain(boat fully enclosed) too. We enjoyed a cup of tea and biscuit after our walk, and on the way back we’re very fortunate to see a Kotuku (white heron) enjoying some time on the lake edge. Thankyou Dale.
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Response from BronBurrows, Owner at Franz Josef Wilderness Tours
Responded 3 days ago
Hi Patricia Thanks for your great review, we really appreciate it! Dale's really passionate about what he does, and glad to hear it shows on his trips :) Hope to see you again sometime in the future! Kind regards Bronwyn & Dale
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Caroline O wrote a review 12 Apr
40 contributions7 helpful votes
Dale our guide had exceptional knowledge of the area, the glaciers and the Rainforest. Highly recommend this as a non adrenaline activity. Ideal for all
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Response from BronBurrows, Owner at Franz Josef Wilderness Tours
Responded 3 days ago
Hi Caroline Thanks so much for leaving us such a wonderful review! We're pleased you enjoyed the trip with Dale, rain and all! Hope to see you again sometime. Kind regards Bronwyn & Dale
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Jennifer wrote a review Mar 2021
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We had an amazing experience kayaking around the lake for 3 hours. Started at 9am with fog but the sun burnt it off and we had a beautiful view of the mountains. Our tour guides were very friendly and informative and made our experience great! Highly recommended.
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Date of experience: March 2021
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Hi there Thanks so much for your review we're glad you enjoyed the trip and got to experience our serene morning lake mist! Kind regards Bronwyn
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