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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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ELU wrote a review Sep 2022
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A really great experience! While it was raining, it was still a beautiful walk, in addition to being told a lot about the plants and nature in general. Very nice people as well, friendly and easy to talk to
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Date of experience: September 2022
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Response from Franz Josef Wil... T, Front Office Manager at Franz Josef Wilderness Tours
Responded 4 days ago
Hi, We're pleased to hear you enjoyed your trip with us despite the rain! The rainforest is stunning during rainy days so we are pleased you had an awesome time! Safe travels, Teana
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Boxhead wrote a review Sep 2022
Christchurch, New Zealand7 contributions2 helpful votes
I was apprehensive about booking a kayak trip, it seemed odd that we should need a guide and how difficult could it be to paddle a kayak? How wrong was I! Ariel was our guide, and he was awesome. He knew his facts and he shared his local knowledge well educating us along the way. So glad we booked and paid for this. Plenty do learn, see and do along the way and we really enjoyed the whole trip. Thanks for making it such a n enjoyable experience guys.
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Date of experience: September 2022
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Response from Franz Josef Wil... T, Front Office Manager at Franz Josef Wilderness Tours
Responded 4 days ago
Hi, Thank for taking the time to leave Ariel a 5 star review! We're stoked we could make your experience so enjoyable! There's always perks of having a guide, learning about the local area and fauna and fora always makes it more special. Safe travels, Teana
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Darryl M wrote a review Sep 2022
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we had a wonderful memorable experience beautiful scenery while catching large brown trout Dale puts on the right spots caught my first brown on third cast well worth doing
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Date of experience: September 2022
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Response from Franz Josef Wil... T, Front Office Manager at Franz Josef Wilderness Tours
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Hi, Thanks for leaving Dale a 5 star review! Its great to hear you had such a memorable experience and you were able to land your first brown trout with us, how good! Safe travels, Teana
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Steve F wrote a review Sep 2022
Sydney, Australia3 contributions
An amazing trip on Lake Mapourika with early morning mist rising off the lake and beautiful mountain reflections on the water. Dale's knowledge of the local geography, Maori culture and flora and fauna is commendable. The forest walk was just awesome in really ancient rain forest. Highly recommend this adventure.
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Date of experience: September 2022
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Response from Franz Josef Wil... T, Front Office Manager at Franz Josef Wilderness Tours
Responded 4 days ago
Hi Steve, Thanks for taking the time to leave Dale a sweet review! We're stoked you enjoyed your Cruise and Walk with Dale learning all about the local area! Watching the mist clear to reveal the panoramic views of the mountains is definitely a highlight! Safe travels, Teana
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Evan C wrote a review Sep 2022
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Great and knowledgeable crews from the team and it was a calming and peaceful ride out in Lake Mapourika.
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Date of experience: September 2022
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Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review! We're pleased to hear you had such a peaceful time out on the lake. Safe travels, Teana
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