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Family Adventures

Some of the South Island’s top rated tours family tours await you in Franz Josef Glacier…

Family Tours: On Sale

Explore further in Franz Josef with the family.  We’re offering and exclusive deal for families visiting the Franz Josef Glacier region.  Enjoy 15% off all our guided tours…

Kayak Classic

To apply our family discount use the promo code: wild15

We recommend booking a morning tour for the best kayaking & scenic conditions! 

Glide effortlessly across the water taking in the panoramic views of the Southern Alps and Glaciers – the scenery is world-class!  Follow your guide into a hidden creek through the Okarito Kiwi Sanctuary and experience some of the region’s untouched Jurassic rainforest and pristine wilderness.  Our guides are passionate and deliver some excellent kayak tour photos to you free after each tour!


  • Free high quality photos are included with each kayak tour!
  • Explore the Okarito Kiwi Sanctuary & the UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • One of the South Island’s Top-Rated Kayak Tours: Read Our Reviews


NZ $145 Adult
NZ $90 Child (17 & under)


Allow 3 hours

ADULTS: $145

Kayak & Walk

The best family lake adventure! Use promo code: wild15 for a 15% discount!

Explore some of Westland’s oldest untouched rainforest!  Enjoy exclusive access to our custom-built rainforest trail within the Okarito Kiwi Conservation area.  On this kayak tour you will learn about the kiwi conservation, spot native birdlife and experience the pristine wilderness of the West Coast in a truly unique and remote part of Franz Josef Glacier.


  • Includes FREE high quality digital photographs taken by your kayak tour guide. 
  • Explore the Okarito Kiwi Sanctuary & the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Walk through a private rainforest trail – all to the sound of native birdsong! 
  • Tea & Coffee included.
  • One of the South Island’s top kayak tours read our reviews HERE


NZ $165 Adult
NZ $105 Child (17 years & under)


Allow 4 hours


Hot drinks provided.

ADULT: $165

Cruise & Nature Walk

Promo code: wild15 for 15% off! (Under 3? Go FREE!)

A unique and personalised, family adventure awaits you…

Our Cruise & Nature walk explores the lake on a comfortable fully covered tour boat.  Gain access to our exclusive rainforest trail through the kiwi sanctuary & explore at your own pace with our passionate local skipper.

Use the promo code: wild15 to apply 15% off!

 One of the best lake adventures for families!

The nature walk follows a track thoughtfully carved by your skipper Dale and his team, ensuring minimal impact on the area. Experience the pristine beauty of old-growth rainforest, untouched and preserved in its natural state. This haven is home to abundant birdlife, including the graceful white herons and New Zealand’s native bush birds.

Indulge in the premium West Coast experience of our Scenic Cruise & Nature Walk, suitable for all ages.


  • Explore the Okarito Kiwi Sanctuary & the UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Tea/Coffee & Hot Chocolate On-board


ADULTS (NZD): $149
CHILDREN (NZD): $85 Child (17 years and under)


Allow 2.5 hours

ADULT $149

Off-Road Adventure Tour

Use promo code: wild15

Explore the rainforest and Glacial riverbed in Franz Josef Glacier!  A guided quad bike or buggy tour adventure explores the regions rivers and rainforest in the safe hands of our quad bike guides.

Children must be a minimum of 4 years to join a tour in the adventure buggy and kids can hop on the back of our 2-seater quad bikes when they’re 8 years or older.


  • Drivers must be a minimum of 16 years.
  • Drivers with a passenger must be a minimum of 18 years.


Single Quad $205 
Double Quad $275
Double Bugggy $275 
Triple Buggy $305 


Allow 2 hours

FROM $205

Any of our tours can be booked with this sale…

Don’t forget to use the promo code: wild15 when checking out.  View all our tours options below.

Kayak Tours Lake Mapourika Franz Josef Glacier

Kayak Tours

Top rated Kayak adventures & Paddleboard tours on Lake Mapourika & the Okarito Kiwi Sanctuary. Relax and enjoy the moment with free photographs included with each tour.

Boat Tours Lake Mapourika Franz Josef Wilderness Tours

Boat Tours

Personalised eco boat tours with Dale (the owner and operator), boasting 15+ years of guiding expertise in the region. Enjoy Lake Mapourika and it's surrounds in comfort in our fully covered tour boat.

Franz Josef Wilderness Quad Bike Off Road Adventure Tours

Off-Road Adventures

Experience Franz Josef Glacier’s ultimate wet weather activity!  Our off-road adventure tours explore ancient glacial riverbeds, rainforest, grasslands and more!


No denim please!

Cap or sunglasses

Camera (optional, as we also provide FREE photos)

SUP Tours: Towel / swimwear or thermals depending on season

Kayak & Walk: Lunch or snack


Free high-quality digital photos

Dry bags

Splash Jackets or wet weather gear

Quality kayak or SUP equipment

Courtesy transport (if required)

Sunscreen / insect repellent



Absolutely brillliant! Great fun, well looked after, everyone from the office to the guide was lovely and helpful. We had a hoot!

Perth, Australia

We loved every minute of this well organised kayak on the lake. The guide was knowledgeable, friendly and professional. Excellent views and reflections of the mountains and the flora in the lakes. We even had a closeup visit to a white heron. Highly recommended!

Simi, New York, USA

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


We want you to be confident when booking with us, with no deposits or charges for cancellations.  We do ask that cancellations and changes are made a full 24 hours prior to the trip time. Cancellations made within the 24 hour time frame cannot be refunded so please let us know if you need to change, or cancel your booking!  We're here to help, so feel free to drop us an email if you have any questions.

> Please note: Private/Group bookings or charters incur a 48 hour cancellation policy. This is specifically advised at the time of booking. Tours require minimum numbers to operate.

We reserve the right to cancel tours if minimum numbers are not met or in the event of unsafe conditions.