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Scenic Cruises

Experience the beauty of Lake Mapourika on our personalised scenic cruises with some of the West Coast’s finest scenery and the Okarito Kiwi Sanctuary.

Scenic Cruises

Lake Mapourika

Discover Lake Mapourika the scenic gem of the West Coast! Our boat tours depart at the iconic Jetty Bay, only minutes from Franz Josef Glacier. Enjoy Scenic Cruises and guided nature walks with breathtaking views of the Southern Alps and many glaciers including the Franz Josef Glacier Neve.  Lake Mapourika is home to native birds including the rare White Heron, drawn by the abundance of fish and eels in the lake. Join us for a boat tour in our “office,” where the beauty of the West Coast unfolds around you.

Scenic Cruise

Lake Mapourika Scenic Cruises are a landscape photographer’s dream!

Discover the true beauty of the West Coast on a personalised scenic cruise of Lake Mapourika.  Marvel at the Jurassic rainforest-fringed bays reflecting the majestic Alps and Glaciers.

Dale, the owner & operator, has been passionately guiding in the region for the last 15 years, from glacier guiding on the Franz Josef Glacier to boat tours on the West Coast’s Lake Mapourika!  He and his team of dedicated skippers will take you on a journey, a through scenic bays to discover the rich birdlife of Lake Mapourika.  Savour a warm cup of tea or coffee while observing curious native birds in the lush rainforest shoreline.  Keep an eye out for the legendary White Heron that feed on the lake.


Evening scenic cruises, with a glass of wine (BYO) in the summer time are a wonderful way to end the day.


NZ $120 Adult
NZ $75 Child (17 and under) — Under 3 go FREE!


Allow 2 hours

ADULTS: $120

Cruise & Nature Walk

​Embark on a Scenic Cruise with an added walk on our exclusive rainforest track!

Journey across Lake Mapourika, where you’ll enjoy exclusive access to our private rainforest trail through the captivating Okarito Kiwi Sanctuary. Stepping off the boat, you’ll find yourself transported into a Jurassic rainforest, like entering another world!

The nature walk follows a track thoughtfully carved by your skipper Dale and his team, ensuring minimal impact on the area. Experience the pristine beauty of old-growth rainforest, untouched and preserved in its natural state. This haven is home to abundant birdlife, including the graceful white herons and New Zealand’s native bush birds.

Indulge in the premium West Coast experience of our Scenic Cruise & Nature Walk.  Read more below for details on the guided walk & it’s suitability for yourself or your group.


How difficult is the walk?

  • Please note the guided walk is designed to keep the rainforest in it’s pristine state, as the region is part of the Westland National Park.  This means there’s some roots throughout the track, and a couple of big steps early on.
  • Your skipper & tour guides walk the track with the group, and can lend a hand to assist during the walk.  There’s many stops throughout to discuss the rainforest and the conservation.
  • There’s a couple of set handlines and walking poles available if you require them.
  • The track itself is 400 meters, and if often only enjoyed 1 way (you’re skipper will pick you up at the end).

For any other questions about the guided walk, feel free to contact our friendly team!


ADULT: $149
CHILD: $85 (17 years and under)


Allow 2.5 hours

ADULTS: $149

Book a Private Cruise

Customise a private boat tour on Lake Mapourika for your group of friends, family or small gathering.  A private Scenic Cruise can include a guided walk or catering options.  Get in touch with someone from our friendly team if you have any questions or would like a custom tour.

If you’re ready to book – groups of up to 12 people can book in now.


Forward bookings are essential.  Experience Lake Mapourika during your visit to Franz Josef Glacier and book online today…

UP TO 12 PEOPLE: $1200


Camera – a must-have on our Scenic Cruises!

Sunglasses or a cap

Any food or drink (optional BYO wine or beer for evening scenic cruises)

Scenic Cruise & Walk: Walking boots / closed toe footwear


Toilet on board

Hot drinks on board

Sunscreen / insect repellent

Binoculars / commentary

Courtesy transport if required

Cruise & Walk: Walking poles



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.