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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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from $90.64
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Clare F wrote a review Nov 2021
Christchurch, New Zealand83 contributions33 helpful votes
We had a fantastic time with Dale on Lake Mapourika. It was the first time lake fishing for my Daughter and I. Dale gave us some tips on what to do and what to look for. Shannon had such a great time she has started to research fishing licenses and where we can go from Christchurch to fish some more. The scenery was lovely. Excellent value for money. Great company.
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Date of experience: November 2021
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Response from Franz Josef Wil... T, Owner at Franz Josef Wilderness Tours
Responded 3 days ago
Hi Clare Thanks for the review! So happy to hear that Dale has inspired another keen angler and that the scenery was enjoyed as well. All the best :) Bronwyn & Dale
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Beverley L wrote a review Nov 2021
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As two mature women with one of us having little kayaking experience this trip was magical. Kylan our guide gave us a comprehensive orientation as to how to put on the safety gear and gave a great review of how to manoeuvre the kayak. The lake was calm and peaceful which enabled us to use the kayak confidently especially when we navigated the narrow river inlet. Kylan is a knowledgeable guide about the wildlife, glacier environment and some beautiful Maori legends. The private rainforest trail is delightful with some exquisite native plants and birds and culminated in morning tea in a “private cafe on the rocks” overlooking the lake and a flax weaving demo!! Blissful. This is truly a bucket list experience! We would highly recommend the 4 hour trip for the personal service that Kylan gave us. He is a great guide and a brilliant photographer capturing some superb close up shots of a white heron and native birds and photos of us kayaking which were then emailed to us after the trip. Thank you.
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Date of experience: November 2021
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Response from Franz Josef Wil... T, Owner at Franz Josef Wilderness Tours
Responded 3 days ago
Hi Beverly Wow we're so glad to hear that you enjoyed yourselves so much and that we've ticked a bucket list activity for you guys! Kylan cares a lot each trip he takes out so we will be sure to pass along your excellent feedback to him. We're also glad to hear that our local Heron was there to greet you on the water too :) All the best. Bronwyn & the team at Franz Josef Wilderness Tours
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DutchKiwi wrote a review Nov 2021
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This experience was absolutely amazing!! We loved every second of it. Such a cool opportunity to get up close and personal with nature and heaps of opportunities for fantastic photos. We went out with Kylan and had such an incredible time, he was so friendly, fun and personable and really added the cherry on top to the whole experience. We could have easily spent the whole day out on the water exploring. Recommend this trip 100%! An absolute must that we will be doing again soon!!
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Date of experience: November 2021
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Response from Franz Josef Wil... T, Front Office Manager at Franz Josef Wilderness Tours
Responded 1 week ago
Hi, Thank you for leaving Kylan a 5 star review! We're pleased you had such a great time exploring out on the lake with him! We look forward to seeing you again sometime in the future! Safe travels, Teana
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Jorja M wrote a review Nov 2021
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Was a good way to end the year for the seniors at school. Even in a hail and thunderstorm. Lots of laughs. The views were awesome and were a good reminder not to take our amazing landscape for granted. Thank you for having us.
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Date of experience: November 2021
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Response from Franz Josef Wil... T, Owner at Franz Josef Wilderness Tours
Responded 1 week ago
Hi Jorja, Thanks for leaving a great review! It was great to get the whole lot of you hearty West Coasters out on the lake and to experience the beauty of the Lake and surrounding area, especially once the sun came out! I hope to see you all out there again! Cheers, Dale
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Maisy Glancy wrote a review Nov 2021
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We had great guides (Dayle and Becks) who taught us a lot about the bush and land surrounding the lake. Personally my favourite part of the trip around Lake Mapourika was the weather. We got cancelled on by another group but this company went ahead with us. We got thunder and lightning, hail and sunshine all in the space of two hours which was very exciting. Would definitely recommend doing whether as a family, by yourself or a big group.
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Date of experience: November 2021
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Response from Franz Josef Wil... T, Owner at Franz Josef Wilderness Tours
Responded 1 week ago
Hi Maisy, Thanks for coming out and leaving us a great review! We definitely experienced a variety of weather on the trip which is such a unique part of the landscape and how quickly it can change! Hopefully we will see you on the Lake again soon. Regards, Dale
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