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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Mumbai, India13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We visited Lake Mapourika for Kayaking with the Glacier Country Kayaks - they are the only company in Franz Josef to kayak with. We chose to go on the sunset kayaking slot and were lucky enough to be the only ones in that group - we saw some stunning scenes - the view of the mountains and the lake were absolutely beautiful. Our guide was both fun and informative. She also took some lovely pictures of us. We had a great evening.
PS: Do remember to carry some insect repellent as there were SEVERAL sandflies and their bites can be quite terrible.
Written February 3, 2020
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Hi, Thanks for taking the time to leave us a 5 star review! A private tour! Nice! We are please to hear you enjoyed your time out on the lake with us. Safe travels, Teana
Written February 13, 2020
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Stewart A
Wickham Bishops, UK5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
We like to push the boundaries a little without scaring ourselves to death. Two years ago ebiking through the dunes of the Namib desert- this year quad biking through rainforest and braided rivers. What these quad bikes can do is nothing short of amazing and I would not have believed it if the guide in front hadn't shown us the way. Fantastic fun and wonderful views of the river, the mountains and helicopters. Perfect for an afternoon of fun. The guides Olivia and George were great.
Written February 8, 2020
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Hi 569stewarta, Our bikes sure can handle quite a lot! Thank you for taking the time to give us this great review, -The Quad Bike Team
Written February 27, 2020
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EPTA38
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Family
We did the fabulous 3-hour kayak at Lake Mapourika as family (4 people, 2 kids aged 14 and 10). It was a great morning, very well-run with a great guide who was extremely knowledgeable about the area. The views of the mountains were spectacular. Paddling up the creek across the other side of the lake was fun and we saw several white herons up close. A very chilled way to spend a morning and see more of the area.
Written January 4, 2022
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Hi, Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review! We are very lucky to have all the beautiful Kotuku feeding out on the lake at the moment! Safe travels, Teana
Written January 5, 2022
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Alison2701
Christchurch, New Zealand25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
Such a fantastic 2hr guided Kayak trip !! The guides (Ky and Ula) were super friendly, knowledgeable and helpful even to the point that they brought our booking forward a few hours so we could get the best possible conditions. After paddling across the lake we skirted the rainforest past a headland before venturing up a creek to really get amongst the wonderful native bush. The Kotuku we saw fishing are the most beautiful birds.We had an amazing time and cant recommend this trip highly enough 11/10 x
Written December 26, 2021
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Hi, Thanks for taking the time to recommend us! The Kotuku sure are the most beautiful birds, we are every lucky to have them come out and feed on the lake. Safe travels, Teana
Written January 2, 2022
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Josh Bennison
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I recently did a boat tour with glacier country kayaks, It was absolutely amazing. Our guide Dale is a local legend, he worked on the glacier before working/ running glacier country kayaks so his knowledge on the west coast is outstanding. We enjoyed a nice hot coffee on the boat while Dale shared stories and knowledge on the lake, glaciers, Flora, fauna and much more. The highlight for me was learning about the Maori culture in New Zealand and on the west coast. The whole trip from start to finish was a wonderful experience, this was definitely the highlight of my trip while in New Zealand. If you want to kick back, relax, take in the views and knowledge then this is the trip for you! I highly recommend it.
Written January 4, 2020
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Hi, Thanks for leaving Dale such a detailed review! It's great to hear your experience with us was a highlight of your travels! Dale is full of local knowledge so its great to hear you enjoyed all of his facts and information! Safe travels, Teana
Written January 6, 2020
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Patricia M
Rotorua, New Zealand17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
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.
Written April 13, 2021
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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
Written April 14, 2021
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GCkayaker
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021
The Sunset Classic Kayak tour was amazing with breathtaking scenery, up close paddling along the untouched rainforest shores and must be seen to be believed reflections in the lake. All enjoyed with our expert guide. Take the opportunity to experience this incredible tour.
Written January 29, 2021
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Hi GCkayaker, Thanks for the awesome review! It is truely spectacular out there at that time of day. We hope to get you out again sometime! Cheers, Dale
Written February 2, 2021
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PrincessOdette
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
We had a brilliant 3 and a half hour kayak on Lake Mapourika with Dale and Jake. It was pouring with rain, and we were surrounded by mist which only added to the experience and beauty. There were 17 of us in the group and we were provided with the full outer gear so we managed to kept warm and relatively dry. Best tip was to bring a full change of dry clothes including sox and shoes for afterwards. Loved it!
Written November 22, 2020
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Hi, Thanks for taking the time to leave us a 5 star review! We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your time out on the lake in the rain with us in true West Coast style. We hope you enjoy the rest of your travels. Kind regards, Teana
Written December 23, 2020
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jgsSydney_Australia
Sydney, Australia105 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
We took the Classic Kayak tour on Lake Mapourika with Ariel as our guide, and although it is a group tour we were the only couple booked. We had a 9am start and the lake was perfectly still with a beautiful mist that quickly burnt off. We crossed the lake and then explored Mirror Creek with its glassy waters- just beautiful. Ariel gave us so much information about Māori tradition, as well as local flora and fauna. We thoroughly enjoyed the trip and would highly recommend this company. The office staff also gave us great advice on walks in the area, so we were able to plan our whole short stay through our visit to them.
Written October 14, 2022
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Hi, Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review! Sounds like you had a stunning morning out on the lake! We're glad Ariel was able to share all his wonderful knowledge with you. Thanks again for recommending us! Safe travels, Teana
Written October 19, 2022
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Carolyn A
Auckland Central, New Zealand30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Friends
Had the best quad bike tour with Sarah and Brendan. A real mix of terrains with a beautiful backdrop of the mountain. We both took a bike each and would recommend that. Well recommended even if you have quad bike experience as the team split the group so didn’t feel we will held up by less experienced or slower drivers and they weren’t forced to go faster than they wanted.
Written September 9, 2020
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We are extremely lucky to have a amazing area to play in with diverse terrain and with a stunning backdrop of the Southern Alps and Glacier. We also recommend taking a bike each and we do put another guide on the tour if there are different capability levels, purely for customer enjoyment. Thanks so much for the awesome review, it means a lot to us.
Written September 10, 2020
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