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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
Kayak, Cruise or Fish on Lake Mapourika, created by the mighty Franz Josef Glacier. A locally owned and operated family business in Franz Josef Glacier on the West Coast of NZ's South Island. 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! Fish for Brown trout or Wild Salmon and enjoy a Scenic Cruise with amazing landscape & birdlife viewing.
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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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Keira Stanley wrote a review 19 June
Gold Coast, Australia12 contributions3 helpful votes
Wonderful 2 hours spent on Lake Mapourika with the skilled Dale, exceptional views of the mountains reflected in the lake, wildlife spotting and Flax weaving by Dale. Well worth the money.
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Date of experience: June 2022
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Destination767176 wrote a review May 2022
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This was a brilliant morning. Dale was a great guide, friendly and informative, all the kit was provided and we enjoyed kayaking across the lake and down a little creek. We even saw a white heron in flight! Then a walk on a special track through the sanctuary with some fascinating things like blue toadstools and a kiwi nest for a cup of coffee at the viewpoint, finally kayaking back. Dale took some great pictures for us. Strongly recommended, and although there was a little rain it didn't cause any problem.
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Date of experience: May 2022
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Response from Franzjoseftours, Owner at Franz Josef Wilderness Tours
Responded 2 weeks ago
Hello! Thanks so much for your positive review, we're glad you enjoyed the journey with Dale on the lake. You even got a bit of rain - which is a West Coast bonus haha! We hope to see you again sometime. Kind regards Bronwyn & Dale
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Deanna R wrote a review May 2022
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The best kayaking in town with the most amazing guide. We loved every minute and we will definitely be back in town the next time we visit!
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Response from Franzjoseftours, Owner at Franz Josef Wilderness Tours
Responded 2 weeks ago
Hi Deanna We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the trip and you're guide so much. We look forward to the next time :) See you then! Bronwyn
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Josh Watts wrote a review May 2022
2 contributions1 helpful vote
This trip was awesome, good group and Kylan was a brilliant guide. Super friendly and good to chat to, led the group well and really knew his stuff about the lake and the general area! Would definitely recommend 👍
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Date of experience: May 2022
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Response from Franzjoseftours, Owner at Franz Josef Wilderness Tours
Responded 2 weeks ago
Hi Josh Thanks heaps for the great review! Kylan enjoyed paddling with you as well. All the best :) Bronwyn
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13Neel13 wrote a review Apr 2022
Dunedin, New Zealand110 contributions17 helpful votes
I read a few bad reviews about this activity, and they all were about bad weather. No one can control the weather, and likewise, our cruise was hit by pretty bad weather. The rain didn't stop and at one point we said no to the forest walk as the rain was so heavy. We couldn't see any of the mountains. But I will NEVER say it was a bad trip. The skipper was amazing and gave us a very detailed description of the place. Even in that weather, it was an amazing experience overall - the cruise was great, the company was great, the skipper was knowledgeable, the weather was romantic, and the walk was wet which gave an even better feel of the rainforest. I couldn't find anything to complain about the whole trip. I will highly recommend the activities and, for sure, will go back to kayak and fish in the lake.
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Date of experience: April 2022
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Response from Franzjoseftours, Owner at Franz Josef Wilderness Tours
Responded 2 weeks ago
Hello! Thanks so much for your wonderful review, it's really nice to get some feedback about our trips on wet weather days! Our lake beholds beauty rain or shine and we're happy to hear that Jake your skipper took you on a memorable adventure. All the best! Bronwyn
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