Get up close with New Zealand’s natural wonders…
Lake Mapourika sits in the Franz Josef Glacier valley and was created as the Glacier retreated some 14,000 years ago. It’s surrounding of tall peaks leave the lake calm and mirror like, with unbeatable panoramic views of many glaciers and some of the tallest peaks in the country.
From the lake we enjoy watching the weather patterns as they form. Sandwiched between the Franz Josef Glacier and the sea – watch the clouds roll in and sweep over the hills, creating a dramatic setting. Often drizzling in town we remain warm and dry on the lake. The opportunities for photographers are endless!
The back of the lake borders the Okarito State forest, which is left in its prehistoric state as this forest has sprung up after the last ice age and is found in its same pristine state today. This area is protected habitat of the rarest kiwi on the planet – the Rowi. When the sun sets these elusive birds come out to play.
We are lucky enough to be able to slide our kayaks into a small estuary which winds through the forest and deep into the kiwi sanctuary. This is a highlight of the tour – as we enjoy friendly native birds darting out to say hello, reflective waters and some 900 year old kahikatea trees. Your guide will let you spread out and be left to your imagination.