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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 95.35

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 109.08

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 86.51

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 109.08

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 109.08
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Aoteaora wrote a review 3 Mar.
Picton, New Zealand16 contributions6 helpful votes
a beautiful lake / a wonderful guide. A fishing cruise with Dale is a must do when visiting the West Coast
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Date of experience: March 2021
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Response from BronBurrows, Owner at Franz Josef Wilderness Tours
Responded 4 days ago
Hi there Thanks for the review :) All the best! Bronwyn & Dale
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Aurelia Gamboa wrote a review Feb. 2021
Franz Josef, New Zealand22 contributions2 helpful votes
This activity is one of the best to do in Franz Josef. Make sure that your list🔰 will be ticked ✅ before your leave the place👍🏻 Thanks to Franz Josef Wilderness Tours for an amazing experience to explore this beatiful piece of Franz Josef - Lake Mapourika! And where else can you find a very hospitable tour guide except here. They offer a lot more other activities that you may wish to consider. Highly recommended!!!
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Response from Franzjoseftours, Owner at Franz Josef Wilderness Tours
Responded 1 week ago
Hi there Thanks so much for your wonderful review, Dale had a great time on the Lake with you as well. All the best! Bronwyn & Dale
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Larissa K wrote a review Feb. 2021
Auckland, New Zealand26 contributions2 helpful votes
Good cruise with nice scenic views. Loved our tour. Knowledgeable guide. Recommended, especially if first time visiting the area.
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Response from Franzjoseftours, Owner at Franz Josef Wilderness Tours
Responded 1 week ago
Hi Larissa Thanks for your review - glad you enjoyed it! Kind regards Bronwyn & Dale
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Iain M wrote a review Feb. 2021
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Awesome time out of the lake this morning! Will be recommending this to friends for sure, a must do in Franz. Amazing views, learned a few things and a super relaxing time, thank you!!! And great photos 😀
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Response from BronBurrows, Owner at Franz Josef Wilderness Tours
Responded 2 weeks ago
Hi there Thanks for your wonderful review, and for recommending us to your friends! We are also happy to hear that you learnt some new things and enjoyed your free photos. Happy travels! Bronwyn
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Mel wrote a review Feb. 2021
Franz Josef, New Zealand3 contributions
Definitely one of the best lake fishing tours I've done so far. Dale really knows what he's doing in terms of fishing for trout or salmon in lake Mapurika. He gave me tips and tricks that I'm still using very successfully. He also tells you all about that beautiful glacier country area including the kiwi sanctuary which connects right to the lake. I caught 2 salmon with him and he got it ready for us to eat right away on the boat. We had the choice of grilling it on the bbq but I refer it sashimi style. All ingredients and facilities supplied. Seriously, if you are wanting to have a fun, successful and especially beautiful fishing trip anywhere on the West Coast you should give the Franz Josef Wilderness tours a go. I promise you won't be disappointed!
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Date of experience: February 2021
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Response from BronBurrows, Owner at Franz Josef Wilderness Tours
Responded 2 weeks ago
Hi Mel Thanks for taking the time to write us such a detailed review we really appreciate it! Sounds like you had an amazing trip and enjoyed the goods of the lake with fresh sashimi! We hope to see you out with us again sometime! All the best Bronwyn
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