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Fishing Tours

Lake Mapourika fishing tours are one of the South Island’s best things to do…

West Coast Fishing Charter

Whether you’ve been trout fishing for years, or you just want to dip your toe in the water, come experience some of the best brown trout or salmon fishing on the West Coast.  Set amongst a breathtaking landscape, every Franz Josef Glacier fishing charter is an opportunity to experience something truly unique.

Fishing Charter

Experience catching brown trout or salmon fishing on Lake Mapourika’s calm scenic water.  The beauty of Lake Mapourika can be enjoyed by everyone on our comfortable fishing charter boat, which is fully covered for fishing in all weather conditions.  Our knowledgeable fishing guide Dale is passionate about fishing and has been trout and salmon fishing in the region for over 15 years. 

Sit back and unwind while trolling silently past 900 year old Kahikatea trees, or spot feeding White heron while you wait for a nibble on the line!  

Lake Mapourika is part of the wild sea-run salmon spawning route from the Tasman sea in the lake via the Okarito river.  Introduced lake salmon are present all year round, however the West Coast salmon fishing season runs from October to March 31st annually.  Luckily we can fish for brown trout all year.  A fishing tour is one of the best things to do in the rain in Franz Josef, and the trout fishing can be excellent on wet days.



Fishing techniques include trolling, harling and spinning. You may keep your catch if it’s legal and in season, otherwise we will catch and release.

All fishing equipment is provided, and no experience is necessary.  All of our fishing charters are shared small group tours.


NZ $195 Adult
NZ $95 Child (17 and under) — Under 3’s go FREE!


Allow 3 hours

ADULTS (NZD): $195


(+ BBQ)

What’s better than a classic kiwi BBQ and enjoying a fishing adventure with your mates? Book the boat privately and spend 3 hours on the water with us.  Relax and unwind watching Glaciers across the lake and the fishing lines as you troll. 

Our fishing charter boat holds amenities such as an indoor table for the BBQ food & drink, a covered back deck, toilet facility, indoor cabin area and plenty of seating to eat and spend time together.  We cater the fishing adventure for your group.  Fishing for brown trout and salmon as the main focus, or bring along food and drinks to make the charter a more social event! Trout fishing along the lake’s shoreline provides time to relax, enjoy the views of the regions Glacier’s and Southern Alps or to spot the regions White Herons feeding along the lake’s shores.

If you catch a legal size salmon or brown trout you can cook it on the BBQ whilst enjoying some of the best views in New Zealand.  We can’t think of a better way to spend your day in Franz Josef Glacier.



We provide the BBQ, gas and cookware. We will also provide plates, cups,utensils, cooking oil, napkins, foil and trays. You will simply need to supply your own food and drink.

If you catch a legal salmon or brown trout on the fishing charter, we will help you prepare the fish for the BBQ!


Consider adding a few Stand-Up Paddleboards, a guided walk or a stop at a swimming beach!  Get in touch it’s all possible.


Glasses, plates, cutlery

Oil/Cooking Utensils

Trays / Foils



Bring your own food to cook on the BBQ cold drinks. Dale our skipper is kept busy driving the boat and assisting with the fishing, so he can’t cook on the BBQ for you.  The BBQ can be utilised by your group on the back deck during the fishing charter.


1-12 PEOPLE: $1500


Allow 3 hours

1-12 PASSENGERS (NZD) $1500



Cap or sunglasses

BYO any food or drink for your tour


Toilet on board

Hot drinks on board

Sunscreen / insect repellent

Fishing equipment and tuition

Courtesy transport if required



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 you book directly with us! We provide hassle-free full refunds without any penalties.  We do ask that any 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 (for any reason including medical or other) so please let us know in time if you need to change, or cancel your booking!  Good travel insurance will cover last minute scenarios you might encounter that affect your bookings.  Private/Group bookings or charters incur a 48 hour cancellation policy.

We reserve the right to cancel tours if minimum numbers are not met or in the event of unsafe conditions, in which case full refunds are issued.

We're here to help, so feel free to drop us an email if you have any questions.