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Franz Josef Glacier: 2-Hour Scenic Lake Mapourika Cruise

Franz Josef Glacier: 2-Hour Scenic Lake Mapourika Cruise

From US$ 73.76 per person

Join a unique sightseeing and wildlife eco-cruise across Lake Mapourika. Sit back and take in the panoramic views of New Zealand's Southern Alps and Franz Josef Glacier while enjoying onboard commentary from your local skipper.

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Duration 2 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Estonian
Wheelchair accessible


  • Admire mirror reflections on the lake of the Southern Alps and Glaciers
  • Learn local insight from your knowledgeable skipper
  • Explore a Kiwi conservation area and view native bird life
Full description
Soak up panoramic views of the Southern Alps and glaciers reflecting on the mirror-like waters of Lake Mapourika on this 2-hour scenic cruise. The lake was created by the Franz Josef Glacier as it retreated 14,000 years ago and now sits calm and reflective between the Southern Alps and the sea. Meet your experienced skipper and small group at the office in Franz Josef and take a complimentary transfer out to Lake Mapourika. Board the boat, then sit back and relax onboard the Hanna-k in the comfortable enclosed cabin or on the covered back deck. Your skipper will take you through to the Okarito Kiwi Sanctuary on the far shorelines of the lake and will help you spot New Zealand's native birds. Enjoy informative commentary and fascinating stories as you cruise past untouched Jurassic rainforest and 900-year-old Kahikatea trees. Sip on a cup of complimentary tea or coffee as you unwind in beautiful Glacier Country, a picture perfect way to escape the crowds and enjoy the West Coast’s scenery.
  • Transfers to and from the lake
  • Tea and coffee
  • National park fees
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All required protective equipment is provided
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    Traveler requirements
    • All participants who are over 12 years old must present proof of full vaccination

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    Meeting point

    We are located in the same building as the Department of Conservation 63 Cron st, Franz Josef Glacier.

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    Important information

    Know before you go

    • The tour will take place rain or shine.
    • Please feel free to bring along any food or beverages
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.8 /5

    based on 10 reviews

    Review summary

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    October 31, 2022

    October 5, 2022

    My partner and I enjoyed the trip even though it was raining and we didn't get to see the reflections on the lake. Our tour guide Dale [donkey] was full knowledge about history. Well worth doing for sure

    September 29, 2022

    Product ID: 344811