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Franz Josef
Wilderness Tours

Paddle, Cruise or Fish with us on Lake Mapourika. Locally owned and operated in Franz Josef Glacier, NZ
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Combo Tours

A first-hand exploration of a glacier by chopper and foot is an experience you will never forget.


Combine a Heli-hike with any of our tours and save 15% on your lake experience with us! This is the ultimate way to experience all..

Scenic Flight Combo

Book any of our tours: Paddle Tours, Cruises or Fishing Tours and combine them with a Scenic Flight of your choice!

Quad Bike Combo

Combine with a Quad Bike tour and save an AMAZING 20% OFF both your activities! This is a unique short time offer so get in…


Mountain bikes, stand up paddleboards and kayak all available for hire to explore the waterways of Lake Mapourika!

Kayak Hire

Hire a kayak or Stand Up Paddleboard and explore the lake at your own pace!
Double sea kayak rental

Bike Hire

If you’re keen to explore Glacier Country by bike we’ve got you covered. Rent one of our high-quality 18 speed, hard tail mountain ..

SUP Hire

Hire a SUP and explore the sheltered bays and beaches of Lake Mapourika.  Hourly Stand Up Paddleboard Rentals are available.

Watch us in action

Franz Josef Wilderness Tours is teamed with an awesome crew from a range of backgrounds who have a wealth of knowledge and experience.

TripAdvisor Reviews

We took the morning tour and it was fantastic. The waters were calm and the morning clouds were lifting. Laura and Reiss were our guides. They were informative, personable and informed. They talked about current conservation objectives and provided a safe and fun environment. My partner and I are seniors and had no problem keeping up. There were adequate rest periods and beautiful views.

Simi, New York, USA

This was a great way to spend a few hours in an idyllic setting. Our guide Johnny was excellent – so friendly and full of knowledge about our surroundings. Highly recommended, thanks!

Gary, Liverpool UK

I cannot recommend this enough! I’ve now done it twice in 3 years and both times it was spectacular, both in terms of scenery and overall experience. Our guide was fun and knowledgeable and was taking candid snaps all throughout the trip that we had access to later on. I highly recommend the morning trip, as that’s when the water is like glass and it feels so serene gliding over it. It truly is one of the best experiences in Franz Josef.

Hourikhat, Sydney, Australia