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Franz Josef Tours, Franz Josef – Cruise and Rainforest Walk

Franz Josef Tours, Franz Josef – Cruise and Rainforest Walk

by | Aug 13, 2019

Hidden across the far side of Lake Mapourika, only accessible by boat, is our secret rainforest trail.  The trail runs through the Okarito Kiwi Sanctuary, home to the very rare Rowi Kiwi.  To access the private trail you will have to join our Cruise & Walk tour, or join a Kayak & Walk Tour with us!


The track has been handmade with love, by Franz Josef Tours and it’s team.  On the walk your guide will help to point out all the native birds that often follow us through the track.  The most common birds you will see are the Fantail, the South Island Robin, Tui and Bellbirds.

Our beautiful bushwalk is also home to many native plants.  This includes many varieties of ferns, supple-jack, Kahikatea, Rimu and Rata.  The lush green colour of the rainforest is the perfect backdrop for a photo.

Listen to the calls of the native birds while your guide tells you a tale of How the Kiwi Lost it’s Wings.  Enjoy a hot drink, prepared for you at a scenic lake look out experiencing the best of the West Coast.

Franz Josef Tours along with Franz Josef Tours have set a trap line, which has been running since February.  To date we have caught 4 stoats and 2 rats!  Learn all the latest about the conservation efforts being put in by ourselves, DOC, and the locally run Early Bird Project on our trips.

Book your tour TODAY to secure your space on one of our trips!