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Franz Josef Wilderness Tours

Franz Josef: 3-Hour Kayak Tour on Lake Mapourika

3.0 hours

Large group

Free Cancellation

What to Expect

Glide effortlessly across Lake Mapourika on a three-hour kayaking tour. Take in stunning views of the Southern Alps, glaciers, and untouched Jurassic rainforest. Pick up insights from an expert guide.


Gear up for an incredible, three-hour guided kayaking experience. Begin your adventure by meeting your experienced team at the local partner's office in Franz Josef. Join them and your small group on a complimentary transfer out to Lake Mapourika. Glide effortlessly across the water, taking in panoramic views of the Southern Alps, glaciers, and untouched Jurassic rainforest reflected on the glassy waters of Lake Mapourika. Paddle into the heart of the Okarito Kiwi Bird Sanctuary, exploring the protected area with your knowledgeable guide. Tours depart at various times throughout the day. Mornings are often the calmest time of the day on the lake, a perfect choice for photographers looking to capture the beauty of the area. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and an experience not to be missed during your visit to Franz Josef.


  • Discover the Okarito Kiwi Sanctuary
  • Explore the Jurassic, old-growth rainforest
  • Take home free photos, included with every tour
  • Paddle around for three hours on the stunning Lake Mapourika


  • Courtesy transport to and from the lake
  • Experienced, knowledgeable guides
  • Free photos
  • Jacket, paddling gloves, and cap/beanie
  • Dry bag for your valuables


  • Food and drinks

Additional Information

  • This is an all weather tour
  • It is recommended that you wear at least 2-3 warm layers, as well as comfortable pants and shoes; do not wear jeans
  • It is recommended that you bring your own water bottle and a small snack for the tour
  • The road leading north out of Franz Josef is closed until further notice due to flooding. It is targeted to reopen (with restrictions) before Christmas, depending on the weather
  • As of Wednesday December 11, 2019, full access south of Franz Josef on State Highway 6 through to Wanaka is open, with some delays to be expected


Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund


$128.53 NZD

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