The West Coast is at Alert Level 2. COVID-19 Business Support
Join us on a unique kayak or paddleboard adventure - just minutes from Franz Josef Glacier. Paddle on Lake Mapourika's glassy calm water, taking in the views of the surrounding Southern Alps and glaciers. Free photos with each tour.
Franz Josef Wilderness Tours is a family owned and operated business in Franz Josef Glacier. We operate highly rated tours (#1 on Tripadvisor in Franz Josef) on Lake Mapourika and through the Rowi Conservation area on the far shore. Lake Mapourika is a pristine freshwater lake created by the Franz Josef Glacier 14,000 years ago. It now sits calm and reflective between the mountains and the sea, in the warmer and drier section of the Franz Josef Glacier valley. All our tours depart at the iconic Lake Mapourika Jetty, which a well known photo stop off the West Coast Highway. Paddle effortlessly across the calm mirror like water and take in views of the glaciers before navigating into the rainforest with your guide. Free photos included.