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Kayak Tours

Franz Josef Glacier’s top rated kayak tours await you…come and join us!

Kayak Tours in
Franz Josef Glacier

Journey further in Franz Josef Glacier on one of our top-rated kayak tour adventures.  Lake Mapourika’s calm water is located in a UNESCO World Heritage site making it one of New Zealand’s finest kayaking destinations.  Free photographs are included with each kayak tour.

Kayak Classic Tour

The Original Franz Josef kayak tour awaits you… 

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

Our Kayak & Walk Tour is your opportunity to 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. 
  • Discover the Okarito Kiwi Sanctuary up close on our private custom-built trail.
  • Hike with our nature guides – all to the sound of native birdsong! 
  • Read what other’s have to say about our Top-Rated Kayak Adventures


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


Allow 4 hours


Hot drinks provided.

ADULT: $165

Sunset Kayak Classic

Choose the 5 pm kayak tour slot when booking!

Experience the enchanting golden light on Lake Mapourika!  A kayak tour bathed in the warm glow of the West Coast’s “golden hour”. Choose the 5 pm Kayak Classic option for a unique evening adventure along our classic route. In summer, revel in the tranquility of the extended daylight, with the lake all to yourself as the sun sets behind the Southern Alps and Glaciers. During spring, autumn or winter you’ll witness a breathtaking sunset against the backdrop of the South Island’s majestic peaks and glaciers. Whether in evening light or sunset, this serene kayak tour promises an unforgettable kayaking experience.


  • Free high quality photographs are included with each kayak tour. 
  • Paddle through a kiwi sanctuary in the evening light & enjoy the lake all to yourselves!
  • What previous kayak tour guests have said about our: Top-Rated Kayak Adventures


ADULTS (NZD): $145
CHILDREN (NZD): $90 Child (17 years and under)


Allow 3 hours


Private Kayak Tour

Experience the of luxury of Lake Mapourika our private kayak tour. Delve into the ancient beauty of Westland’s pristine rainforest, with a local knowledgeable kayak guide. Witness the wonders of kiwi conservation up close on our bespoke rainforest trail and encounter an array of native birdlife. Or if you prefer to paddle more your guide will show you hidden creeks that await your discovery – the choice is yours as this tour is designed just for you.

Our expert kayak hosts will pack warm water for a cup of tea or coffee along the way, and snap high quality photographs for you throughout your journey. 


  • Free high quality photographs are included with each kayak tour. 
  • Children of any age (including infants) can join this tour – it’s at your own pace!
  • A minimum cost of 2 adults is required to book this tour. 


ADULTS (NZD): $330
CHILDREN (NZD): $210 Child (0-17 years)


Allow 4 hours


SUP Adventure

Join us for a SUP (Stand-up-paddleboard) Adventure on New Zealand’s most scenic SUP venues: Lake Mapourika!  Known as the flower of the dawn, Lake Mapourika’s calm reflective waters and scenic backdrop make for one of the best spots to hop on a paddleboard.  Explore the Jurassic rainforest and sheltered bays with our experienced SUP instructors and tour guides.

Pack the togs (swim-suits) and jump in for a swim as the lake can reach above 20 degrees Celcius in the peak of summer!


No experience required.  Most people comment on how incredibly stable, and safe they felt on our inflatable paddleboards!


NZ $115 Adult
NZ $99 Child (17 years and under)


Allow 2 hours

FROM $115

Kayak Tour Video

Check out why kayaking on Lake Mapourika is an absolute West Coast must-do.  Mirror-lake reflections, friendly passionate guides, and free kayak tour photos are included with each tour.  We look forward to kayaking with you in Franz Josef Glacier!  If you have any questions about our tours, reach out to our team.


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.


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