Paddling Tours

FREE high quality digital photographs included with each paddle tour! Leave the cameras behind, relax and enjoy the moment…

Kayak Classic

The Original Franz Josef Kayak Adventure awaits… Glide effortlessly across the water taking in the panoramic views of the Southern Alps, glaciers, and untouched Jurassic rainforest reflected on the glassy waters of Lake Mapourika.

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Paddle into the heart of the Okarito Kiwi Sanctuary, exploring the protected rainforest estuary with your knowledgeable guide.

PRICES

NZ $130 Adult
NZ $80 Child (Under 16 years)

DURATION

Allow 3 hours

FROM $130

Kayak & Walk

Lake Mapourika sits nestled amongst some of Westland’s oldest untouched rainforest and this is your opportunity to explore it! Enjoy exclusive access to our private rainforest trail, learn about the kiwi conservation and spot native birdlife.

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The Kayak & Walk is our premium kayaking experience which is your chance to get up close and personal with South Westland’s oldest untouched Jurassic age rainforest.

PRICES

NZ $155 Adult
NZ $95 Child (Under 16 years)

DURATION

Allow 4 hours

NOTE

Hot drinks provided.

FROM $155

Sunset Classic

Embark on our original Kayak Classic tour in the soft evening light. 3 hours of gentle paddling with an unbeatable backdrop of the Southern Alps, returning to the beach in time to watch the sun set below the hills.

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A premium tour only available during the summer months.

PRICES

NZ $135 Adult
NZ $90 Child (Under 16 years)

DURATION

Allow 3 hours

FROM $135

Boat & SUP the Kiwi Sanctuary

The ultimate Stand Up Paddleboard experience awaits you! Enjoy a scenic boat road across the lake to the remote calm estuaries of the Kiwi Sanctuary. Hop off the boat and onto your SUP where you can enjoy the scenic vistas of the Southern Alps and Glaciers.

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Your guide will provide you with some expert SUP instruction, before you paddle into rainforest and Kiwi Sanctuary area. SUP amongst the native birds and giant kahikatea trees, before enjoying a relaxing boat ride back across the lake. Hot drinks available on board.

PRICES

NZ $145 Adult
NZ $95 Child (under 16 years)

FROM $145

SUP Adventure

Join us for a SUP on one of New Zealand’s most scenic venues! Lake Mapourika’s calm reflective waters and scenic backdrop make for one of the best spots to hop on a board. Explore the Jurassic rainforest and sheltered bays with your experienced SUP instructor.

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No experience required.

PRICE

NZ $85 Adult 
NZ $75 Child (under 16 years) 

DURATION

Allow 2 hours

FROM $85

WHAT TO BRING:

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

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

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

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REVIEWS

We took the morning tour and it was fantastic. The waters were calm and the morning clouds were lifting. Laura and Reiss were our guides. They were informative, personable and informed. They talked about current conservation objectives and provided a safe and fun environment. My partner and I are seniors and had no problem keeping up. There were adequate rest periods and beautiful views.

Simi, New York, USA

This was a great way to spend a few hours in an idyllic setting. Our guide Johnny was excellent – so friendly and full of knowledge about our surroundings. Highly recommended, thanks!

Gary, Liverpool UK

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