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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 $71.68

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 $82.00

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 $69.37

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 $82.00

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 $109.34
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Albert d wrote a review May 6
Wellington, New Zealand50 contributions10 helpful votes
Wonderful cruise on the lake with everything you would expect, excellent views and reflections in the lake, nature and history lessons, wildlife, a great sense of humour, comfortable boat as well as coffee and biscuits.
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Ken Rand wrote a review May 3
Wellington, New Zealand4 contributions
Dale took my husband and I out at short notice, he has so much knowledge about the surrounding area and easy to chat with and ask questions of. He made plenty of effort to show us the area and even stopped occasionally at look closer for the trout and eels swimming below us. A thoroughly enjoyable afternoon on the lake in a very comfortable boat. Highly recommend I got some awesome photos
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Date of experience: May 2021
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Response from BronBurrows, Owner at Franz Josef Wilderness Tours
Responded 4 days ago
Hi Ken Thanks for your review! We're glad Dale made a trip happen for you at the last moment, and that you managed to grab some awesome photos. All the best and hope to see you again sometime! Bronwyn & Dale
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Inspiration687477 wrote a review Apr 2021
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Kylan was amazing and made us feel very comfortable with everything. He was great at teaching us the ropes for kayaking and had a very impressive knowledge of the surrounding area flora and fauna. Not only was the kayaking trip a load of fun, but it was also interesting to learn so much! I would highly recommend this trip if you are in Franz Josef.
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Response from GlacierLakeTours, Owner at Franz Josef Wilderness Tours
Responded 1 week ago
Hi there Thanks so much for your review! We're glad you enjoyed your time with Kylan - he's a great guide and I'll pass on your feedback! Kind regards Bronwyn
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Neil F wrote a review Apr 2021
Auckland, New Zealand1 contribution
This was a great excursion from start to finish. Kilian, our guide, was happy to provide helpful information by phone in the days leading up to the trip and on the actual day, everything ran very smoothly. He took us to some great secluded spots and gave plenty of interesting commentary throughout. He also knew the rainforest routes very well and although we didn't see any Kiwi birds, we saw their home. The fact that he brought his own DSLR to take photos was a real bonus too as it meant we didn't have to worry about constantly accessing ours from the dry bags in the kayak. A really good way to spend the afternoon.
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Response from GlacierLakeTours, Owner at Franz Josef Wilderness Tours
Responded 1 week ago
Hi Neil Thanks so much for your review! I'll pass on your great feedback to Kylan and I hope you enjoy the rest of your trip! Kind regards Bronwyn
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Neil S wrote a review Apr 2021
Christchurch, New Zealand1 contribution
This is a wonderful way to experience the lake. The secluded inlets and shores are beautiful and so serene. We were expertly guided by Becca who explained the basics of kayaking and showed us the sights while providing an informative commentary. I highly recommend this activity to anyone with a curiousity for and appreciation of nature.
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Response from BronBurrows, Owner at Franz Josef Wilderness Tours
Responded 1 week ago
Hi Team, Thank you for the amazing review and I will be sure to let Becca know she is doing a great job! It is such a speacil place we have here and it is a pleasure to share the beautiful nature with people such as yourselves! We hope to see you again!
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