Lake Mapourika, West Coast, New Zealand

Lake Mapourika is located on the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island. It lies north of Franz Josef Glacier, and the out-flowing Ōkārito River drains it into the Ōkārito Lagoon. Formed by the retreating Franz Josef Glacier after the last Ice. Due to its formation...

Wet Weather Paddling in Westland National Park

Westland Te- Poutini National Park is located on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand. Westland National Park is NZ's 5th largest National Park. Extending from the Southern Alps all the way out to the Tasman Sea. Famous for its rain-forest, glaciers and...

Lake Mapourika’s Warm Water!

When you first hear the words “glacial lake” you think cold! But Lake Mapourika is slightly different, it is a kettle lake- formed by the glacier; but no longer feed by the glacier therefore it is a lot warmer. Being surrounded by such a dense rain- forest, Lake...

Glacier Kayaks Summer 2018/19 Team

Our friendly and knowledgeable guides are passionate about our area, are experienced paddlers and enjoy hearing about your travels! Our office staff are hear to help you with your bookings and give you advice about other activities in Franz Josef! Maddie Base Manager...

Harakeke Flax Flowering on Lake Mapourika

There are two identified species of flax in New Zealand, the common flax (harakeke) and mountain flax (wharariki). Around Lake Mapourika and up 'the creek' the harakeke flax is abundant.  Harakeke was originally named flax as it bears similarities to other varieties...

Stand Up Paddle Boarding Tours on Lake Mapourika

Summer has arrived and so have our SUP tours- back for another season. The Lake has warmed up and already hit the 20 Degrees mark so it is a perfect temperate for a mid-trip swim. We will be running our SUP tours in the early morning and late evening to make the most...

Black Swans and Cygnets on Lake Mapourika

The Black Swans are permanent residents of Lake Mapourika and are common across NZ with a population of around 50,000 Currently it is breeding season and on our tours we are beginning to see the swans nesting the Cygnets are also beginning to swim around the lake....

Sunset Tours on Lake Mapourika, West Coast

Our Sunset Tours are now underway. They depart at 3:30 pm daily and at the end of the month they will begin departing at 5 pm. Our Sunset tours are the perfect option for photographers and those looking for the perfect gram. Paddling in the golden hour is a beautiful...

Winter Highlights on Lake Mapourika – Glacier Country Kayaks

With winter coming to an end, we are enjoying this warmer weather and getting excited for summer!  Although we will miss the stunning winter paddling conditions. Take a look at some of the below shots that have been captured on our kayaking tours this winter. Here are...