Franz Josef Wilderness Tours

Franz Josef Wilderness Tours

Franz Josef Wilderness Tours
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Explore further in Franz Josef Glacier... Kayak Tours, Boat Cruises & Off-Road Adventure tours in Franz Josef Glacier. We're an 100% locally owned and operated family business in Franz Josef Glacier on the West Coast of NZ's South Island. On Lake Mapourika experience amazing panoramic views of the glaciers and southern alps relfected onto mirror-like water amongst some of Westland's oldest untouched rainforest! Fish for Brown trout or Wild Salmon and enjoy a Scenic Cruise with amazing landscape & birdlife viewing. Join an off-road adventure tour to experience Franz Josef's ultimate wet weather activity or on a sunny day enjoy spectacular views of the Franz Josef Glacier from afar. FREE photos with each tour.
Franz Josef, New Zealand
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Wanderer39957870691
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
It was one of the best trips I have been on. The views were amazing. Our guide was so informative and considerate. The cuppa at the end of our walk was most welcome. A highly recommended tour
Written 29 February 2024
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snowflake29
Milan, Italy14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
One of the best local experiences I have been on as a Kiwi in my own country!! Exceptional... Dale is an extremely knowledgeable guide, so relaxed and friendly and took us on a magic trip across the lake early morning on a still calm day. The bush walk is so unique - seeing the natural habitat of the Kiwi, and native plant and tree species is incredibly special.
I would say this is a do not miss tour for anyone - top value for money in the South Island. I would definitely go again at a different time of year...
Written 27 February 2024
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Good Morning, Thanks for the great review! Lake Mapourika is certainly beautiful and Dale is a fantastic guide! We are glad you had such a wonderful time. Thanks, Emma
Written 28 February 2024
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Explore47158383329
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Great couple of hours on the lake led by the friendly and knowledgeable Sydney, so peaceful in the early evening. What a fantastic location!
Written 22 February 2024
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Thank you for the lovely review. Great to hear you enjoyed your tour with Sydney. Always great to have feedback on our guides. I will pass this on to Sydney. Thanks for joining us! Dee
Written 24 February 2024
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Natasha D
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We had a very enjoyable time out on the lake and our guide was very friendly and knowledgeable and the company are very well equipped with everything you need.
However, we were booked to go on the 'sunset kayak' but finished around an hour before sunset which was disappointing and not as described.
Don't bother bringing snacks,there won't be time to eat them.
Written 22 February 2024
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Hi Natasha, Thanks for your review, and glad to hear you enjoyed your time out there including our guides and the equipment! In terms of the disappointment around the sunset - you're right - mid summer we aren't out there until the sun is completely set as that would leave us on the water until nearly 10 pm. We actually sell the summer sunset tour as an extended evening tour, which is often bathed in golden light towards the end of the tour. I'll just copy our tour description here, as we do our very best to sell it right! "Experience the enchanting golden light on Lake Mapourika! A kayak tour bathed in the warm glow of the West Coast’s “golden hour”. Choose the 5 pm Kayak Classic option for a unique evening adventure along our classic route. In summer, revel in the tranquility of the extended daylight, with the lake all to yourself as the sun sets behind the Southern Alps and Glaciers. During spring, autumn or winter you’ll witness a breathtaking sunset against the backdrop of the South Island’s majestic peaks and glaciers. Whether in evening light or sunset, this serene kayak tour promises an unforgettable kayaking experience." During the shoulder and off-season, our evening or late afternoon tours do return at dark and experience really magical sunsets. But during the summer months it's more of an "evening glow" experience. Usually very calm and peaceful as all of the helicopters stop operating for the day and we're normally the only ones out on the water amongst the white herons and other birdlife on the water :) If there's anywhere else online that you feel you've been misled please let me know as it's really not our intention (email: admin@franzjoseftours.co.nz). We thank you for the time to write the review and hope you enjoyed the rest of your journey through NZ! Kind regards Bronwyn
Written 23 February 2024
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Roam42754488705
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
What an enjoyable 2 hours! Such a relaxed atmosphere. We learned so much from our confident and experienced skipper. Not a question left unanswered. We could see your passion in your work Dale. Wishing you lots of success for the future.
Written 22 February 2024
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Thank you for such a lovely review. Dale certainly has extensive knowledge of the area and New Zealand's fauna, flora and wildlife. The Scenic Cruise is a great show case of what Franz Josef has to offer. Thank you for joining us. I will pass on your lovely review to Dale. Safe travels Dee
Written 24 February 2024
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Sue G
London, UK60 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Dale was great fun, knowledgeable & entertaining. We learned loads about glaciers & how they work! Having a coffee break was nice & the guests got a chance to chat. A lovely way to spend a couple of hours.
Written 21 February 2024
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Thank you for the great review. The Scenic cruise is a great tour to learn about the area in comfort, as well as still being able to enjoy the wilderness that Lake Mapourika has to offer. Great to hear you enjoyed the tour. Thanks for joining us! Dee
Written 24 February 2024
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Marie
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
As experienced kayakers it was great to be able to hire a double kayak for either 2 or 4 hr to kayak on Lake Mapourika. As a freedom kayaker you are left to your own devices.

The hire came with buoyancy devices, a map and pump. As a freedom hire, they did not allow us to use sprayskirt. But that was ok even with the rain. Recommend taking your own PLB as cellphone reception is limited.

Well worth kayaking up Mirror Creek! Stunning.
Written 19 February 2024
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Thank you for the review! Glad you enjoyed your time on the lake. It is nice to be able to explore the place at your own pace. The mirror reflections are incredible on the right day! With our kayak hires, we don't supply a spray skirt for safety purposes, they can be difficult to release if you were to capsize. Yes the cell service is not the greatest, we do have multiple tours heading out during the day and we do keep an eye out for all rentals out on the water, but it is good to have back up communication. Safe travels Dee
Written 20 February 2024
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Ming T
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
It was a great experience.The staff is very warm,professional and conscientious.She took a lot of pictures for us.Thanks.
Written 19 February 2024
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Thank you for the great review! Glad to hear you enjoyed your tour and the free photos. Kind regards Dee
Written 20 February 2024
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ElizaB50
Glasgow, UK37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
This was just the best experience! As two slightly older ladies, we were right out of our comfort zone and a bit nervous. However, the guides made us feel safe and encouraged us all the way. My friend drove our 2 person quad and was very nervous but by the end she and I were having a ball! We laughed all the way round! Highly recommended. All the guides were great but Rosco and Dillon really made this a special experience for us.
Written 19 February 2024
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Thank you so much for the lovely review! It is always very rewarding for our guides to get people out of their comfort zone and have a bit of fun on the quads. The Quads can be slightly intimidating for first time riders, but jumping on one of our tours with guidance from our team it will always end up being a good time! I will pass on your kind words to Dylan and Rosco. Kind regards Dee
Written 20 February 2024
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Brooke B
Michigan24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
The four of us had a great time on two 2-seater quads. We drove through rain forest and glacial rivers. We weren't able to see the fast-retreating glacier due to clouds, but it was fun nonetheless.

If you own quads or do a lot of quad, SBS, or motor bike riding you'll likely be bored, but if you are new to motor sports you'll have a great time.
Written 17 February 2024
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Thank you Brooke for the lovely review and glad you enjoyed the tour on a cloudy day. We find we have the most in the forest and the mud, regardless of our views of the glacier! But on a sunny day we do get mountain and glacier views. In terms of groups speed, we do split our groups up each tour based on the skill level and the speeds of different riders. If you were novice you were likely in a group with other novices, and would have been travelling slower. If there's quicker more experienced riders we split them into a faster group so that we can cater sucessfully to more skill levels. We get positive feedback from all levels of quad bike and motorbike riders. Hope you enjoyed the rest of your trip. Bronwyn
Written 18 February 2024
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