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Franz Josef Tours Summer 2018/19 Team

Franz Josef Tours Summer 2018/19 Team

Our friendly and knowledgeable guides are passionate about our area, are experienced paddlers and enjoy hearing about your travels! Our office staff are hear to help you with your bookings and give you advice about other activities in Franz Josef! Maddie Base Manager...

Harakeke Flax Flowering on Lake Mapourika

Harakeke Flax Flowering on Lake Mapourika

There are two identified species of flax in New Zealand, the common flax (harakeke) and mountain flax (wharariki). Around Lake Mapourika and up 'the creek' the harakeke flax is abundant.  Harakeke was originally named flax as it bears similarities to other varieties...

Stand Up Paddle Boarding Tours – Franz Josef

Stand Up Paddle Boarding Tours – Franz Josef

Summer is just around the corner and our SUP tours are back for another season. The Lake is beginning to warm up and it shouldn't be to long before we will start getting back towards Summer temps of 20+ degrees! We will be running our SUP tours in the morning and...

Black Swans and Cygnets on Lake Mapourika

Black Swans and Cygnets on Lake Mapourika

The Black Swans are permanent residents of Lake Mapourika and are common across NZ with a population of around 50,000 Currently it is breeding season and on our tours we are beginning to see the swans nesting the Cygnets are also beginning to swim around the lake....

The White Heron (Kotuku)

The White Heron (Kotuku)

The White Heron or Kotuku is well-loved by the New Zealand people, but it is rarely seen as it has a very small population of between 150-200 birds. The Kotuku are abundant in other places such as Asia and Australia and are commonly known as the Eastern Great Egrets....

Sunset Tours on Lake Mapourika, West Coast

Sunset Tours on Lake Mapourika, West Coast

Our Sunset Tours are now underway. They depart at 3:30 pm daily and at the end of the month they will begin departing at 5 pm. Our Sunset tours are the perfect option for photographers and those looking for the perfect gram. Paddling in the golden hour is a beautiful...

Winter Highlights on Lake Mapourika – Franz Josef Tours

Winter Highlights on Lake Mapourika – Franz Josef Tours

With winter coming to an end, we are enjoying this warmer weather and getting excited for summer!  Although we will miss the stunning winter paddling conditions. Take a look at some of the below shots that have been captured on our kayaking tours this winter. Here are...

The Fantail / Piwakawaka

The Fantail / Piwakawaka

The Fantail is named after its fan like tail, these birds are playful and friendly. Fantails tend to follow humans on walking tracks, this is because they disturb the ground stirring up the flies and other small insects for the fantails to snack on. The Fantail is one...

Franz Josef Glacier’s New Combo Tours – Franz Josef Tours

Franz Josef Glacier’s New Combo Tours – Franz Josef Tours

With Franz Josef receiving on average 200 days of rain a year, all weather activities are a vital part of your itinerary. We are teaming up with the Glacier Hot Pools to bring you the newest cloudy-day adventure! Combining Trip Advdisor's #1 rated Activity and Spa......