Franz Josef Classic Kayak Adventure with Walk Combo Upgrade

Glide effortlessly across the water taking in the panoramic views of the Southern Alps & glaciers on this relaxing & fun kayak tour, with optional upgrade to include a walk along a private rainforest trail in the Rowi conservation area.
Franz Josef, New Zealand
3-4 hrs
Start & End Time
Start & End Time
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Fitness Level
Fitness Level
Not included

What's Included

  • Get up to $15 cash back per person when you book with us
  • 3 hr kayak tour upon the reflective waters of Lake Mapourika, with access to the Okarito Kiwi Sanctuary
  • Use of all equipment including dry bags, wet weather gear, sunscreen & insect repellant for a safe & comfortable journey
  • Friendly & knowledgeable guide who'll provide fascinating insights into this beautiful region
  • Convenient return transfers from Franz Josef, if required
  • Optional upgrade to include a guided walk along the private rainforest trail within the Rowi Conservation area

Where we Visit:

  • Lake Mapourika
  • Okarito Kiwi Sanctuary

What to Expect

Embark on a premium Franz Josef kayak adventure, set upon the reflective waters of Lake Mapourika. It's a unique and unbeatable kayak experience! 


The lake sits to the north of the township and is the largest one in the Westland Tai Poutini National Park. It's a kettle lake formed by the retreating glacier which left behind a massive block of ice 14,000 years ago. Now, it's home to an abundance of birdlife including the rare crested grebe, mallard duck, and black swans.


Enjoy 3 hours of gentle exercise and an unbeatable panoramic view of the surrounding mountains and glaciers. See untouched Jurassic rainforest reflected on the glassy waters and enjoy the sound of native birdsong.  


You'll also cruise along a narrow estuary amidst the lush ancient rainforest of the Okarito Kiwi Sanctuary. It's home to New Zealand's rarest Kiwi, the rowi, with an estimated population of fewer than 500 birds. It's the only place you'll find this species and is exclusively accessed by kayak – so keep your eyes peeled!


Upgrade your experience with the Kayak & Walk combo, where you'll enjoy exclusive access to a private rainforest trail within the Rowi conservation area, learn about the kiwi conservation and spot native birdlife. You'll get up close and personal with South Westland’s oldest untouched Jurassic age rainforest, curious native birds and maybe even learn some new flax weaving skills with your local, knowledgeable guide.

Tour Options
  • Franz Josef Classic Kayak Adventure
    FromNZD $130
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  • Franz Josef Classic Kayak & Walk Combo Adventure
    FromNZD $155
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Frequently Asked Questions

Like true west coasters – we get out there rain or shine! Rain is the main ingredient in our beautiful temperate rainforest. Lake Mapourika often remains dry while it is raining in town due to being a greater distance from the Southern Alps. We provide full wet weather gear (jackets and pants) to keep you warm and dry.

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Bring a snack, a water bottle, camera (if you want your own photos as well as our FREE photos), sunglasses and sunscreen. We recommend no denim, just comfortable pants and footwear.


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If they fit our life jackets, they can come along! The youngest explorer we’ve had to date was 1 year old. We always recommend the morning trip times when booking with young children as this is the calmest time of day for paddling. Infants (under 3 years) must join one of our Kayak Discovery Tours.

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Yes, this is fine and very common. We will fit you with a PFD suitable for your size. Our guides are trained and qualified in all aspects of paddling instruction and your safety on the water. Our company is Safety Audited through Outdoorsmark NZ. It’s extremely unlikely that you might end up in the water.

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Terms & Conditions:

  • Tours require minimum numbers to operate
  • The Operator reserves the right to cancel tours if minimum numbers are not met or in the event of adverse weather conditions
  • The Operator assumes no responsibility for injuries, delays caused by breakdowns, accidents, adverse weather conditions and other conditions beyond their control
  • The Operator is not responsible for any loss or damage to property

Cancellation Policy:

  • Cancellations/date changes must be made a full 24 hours prior to the trip time
  • Cancellations made within the 24 hour time frame cannot be refunded 

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