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.
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 charter is one of the best things to do in the rain in Franz Josef, and the trout fishing can be excellent on wet days.
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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.
SHARED CHARTER PRICES:
NZ $195 Adult
NZ $95 Child (17 and under) — Under 3’s go FREE!
Allow 3 hours
ADULTS (NZD): $195
PRIVATE FISHING CHARTER
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.
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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!
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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
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
WHAT TO BRING:
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!
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
FLEXIBLE & FREE CANCELLATIONS
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.