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Misty Autumn Mornings – Lake Mapourika, West Coast

Misty Autumn Mornings – Lake Mapourika, West Coast

by | Jan 21, 2024

“FAQ: What’s it like out here in Autumn?”

Autumn is one of our favourite seasons here on the West Coast of New Zealand.  A particularly calm and settled time of year, as the summer heat cools off and daylight starts to shorten.  Nestled between the Southern Alps and the Tasman Sea, Lake Mapourika unveils its enchanting beauty, without a breath of wind overnight a cool mist forms over the lake’s surface.

Kayak on lake Mapourika in the misty fog in Franz Josef

The mist on Lake Mapourika is a natural marvel, a delicate dance between the warm lake waters and the crisp autumn air. Each clear morning, as the temperature fluctuates, the lake releases steam, creating a mist that gracefully hovers over the surface. This phenomenon adds an extra layer of magic to the already mesmerizing landscape, often creating rainbows as it lifts.

Kayak through Lake Mapourika’s mist…

Embarking on a misty kayak tour or a scenic cruise on our tour boat is an experience like no other. As you paddle through the gentle mist, your guide will lead the way into the abyss. The world around you transforms into a serene dreamscape. The autumn hues of red, orange, and gold are amplified by the soft, diffused light, creating a picturesque panorama that is nothing short of awe-inspiring.

Misty kayaking on Lake Mapourika in Franz Josef Glacier

The misty kayak tour on Lake Mapourika is a journey into tranquility. Gliding through the cool mist, you become one with nature, surrounded by the stillness broken only by the rhythmic paddling of your kayak. The mist imparts an otherworldly quality to the experience, making it a surreal adventure that will stay etched in your memory.

Relax on a Scenic Cruise

For those who prefer a more laid-back exploration, our tour boat offers a leisurely cruise through the mist-kissed waters. The panoramic views of the mist-shrouded lake and the surrounding mountains are nothing short of cinematic, providing a serene backdrop for relaxation and reflection.Scenic cruise on Lake Mapourika in the mist

Join us for a misty kayak tour or a Cruise, and let the enchanting mist weave its magic, transforming your journey into a captivating exploration of beauty and tranquility.