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Glacier Kayaks - Lake Mapourika Kayaking

Formed by the retreating Franz Josef Glacier on the West Coast of New Zealand, Lake Mapourika is a tranquil oasis bounded by the Southern Alps with superb views of the glaciers and mountaintops. Bordering on Okarito state forest with its 900 year old kahikatea trees, the sanctuary is a protected habitat for the Rowi – New Zealand’s rarest kiwi. At sunset, these shy birds come out to forage. Gliding through the calm waters in a sea kayak on a Lake Mapourika kayaking tour from Franz Josef is the ideal way to explore Lake Mapourika, a photographers dream. Listen to the melodic native birds in full song, whilst exploring the forest edges. Take in the reflections of Jurassic forest, jagged mountains and glaciers. Take a walk through the Okarito Kiwi Sanctuary.

Lake Mapourika Kayak and Walk (4 hr)
Lake Mapourika Kayak and Walk (4 hr)
South Island
Lake Mapourika Kayak and Walk Glide with your kayak across Lake Mapourika’s tranquil, mirror-like water, soaking up the magnificent scenery ...
Lake Mapourika Sunset Kayak Classic (3 hr)
Lake Mapourika Sunset Kayak Classic (3 hr)
South Island
Lake Mapourika Sunset Kayak Classic The best way to end your day in Glacier Country is to take a Lake Mapourika Sunset Kayak Classic and watch the...
Okarito Kayak Classic (3 hr)
Okarito Kayak Classic (3 hr)
South Island
Marvel at the surrounding landscape of glaciers and mountains and give your muscles a gentle workout in this 3-hour Okarito Kayak Classic tour. Liste...