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Explore the serene waters of Lake Mapourika in New Zealand’s glacier country on this 3-hour kayak adventure from Franz Joseph Glacier. Paddle with your guide out onto Lake Mapourika, widely considered one of western New Zealand’s most scenic spots. Enjoy uninterrupted views as your guide explains the region’s fascinating geology, and marvel at the way the mighty Southern Alps are mirrored perfectly in the calm waters. Head into the estuaries of the Okarito Kiwi Sanctuary, and discover some of the country’s oldest untouched rainforest as native birds sing overhead.


  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Get up-close to native wildlife
  • Ideal choice for families
  • Perfect for all ages and skill level
  • Choice of several departures throughout the day

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Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Great tour guide, very friendly and had good knowledge of the area and the lake we kayaked.

Rachel O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

It was a fantastic kayaking trip. Beautiful location, small group, great guide. One of the best things to do in Franz Joseph!

Hannah C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

An absolute MUST DO in Franz Josef! It's the perfect way to immerse yourself in the beautiful surroundings. You get to learn about the Maori culture and the geological history of the area, from the knowledgeable guide as well! The experience is serene and fun the views are breath taking! Plus you get awesome hi-def, free pics

Belinda K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

This was a beautiful, relaxing and highly enjoyable kayak. The scenery was amazing, the guides were friendly and knowledgeable about not only kayaking but about New Zealand and the kiwis in the kiwi sanctuary. While not high on the 'adrenalin junkie' list, this is a must do activity for anyone visiting Franz Josef wishing to see the amazing scenery.

Rachel L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Gorgeous views, excellent instruction, their photos were great.

Jamie M

4 star rating: Recommended January 2016

Great day with a knowledgable and enjoyable guide

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