Guided tour

Franz Josef: Half-Day Nature Tour to Lake Matheson

Franz Josef: Half-Day Nature Tour to Lake Matheson

From US$ 56.32 per person

Learn about flora, fauna, glaciation, geology, and natural history on this well-formed track for easy walking. Feel relaxed as you explore with a guide and small group.

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Duration 3.5 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Please wait at your accommodation's main reception area for our guide to pick you up
Small group
Limited to 10 participants


  • View the magnificent mirror-like reflections of Lake Matheson
  • Immerse yourself in the history of this world-renowned protected site
  • Explore an ancient rainforest
  • Marvel at New Zealand's largest mountains, Mount Cook and Mount Tasman
Full description
Start your adventure with hotel pickup or meeting at the local office in Franz Josef Township. Embark on the 40-minute drive in an air-conditioned van to Lake Matheson. Take a walk on an approximately 4.4-kilometer loop track around the Lake with your guide in a small group. Learn about flora, fauna, glaciation, geology and the amazing natural history of this beautiful lake. Look out for the reflections of the country's highest mountains, Mount Tasman and Mount Cook, in the lake's dark waters. The best chance for these reflections is either early morning or late evening.
  • Walking poles
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Umbrellas
  • Wet weather gear
  • Guide
  • Water
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You must fill out a travel information form

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Important information

What to bring

  • Water
  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Drones

Know before you go

  • This walk is a suitable level for beginners and all ages
  • For the best chance of mirror-like reflections this tour should be taken in the early evening
  • This tour will take place rain or shine
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The walk is easy and not long with lots of breaks to look at all the amazing views

January 18, 2021

Product ID: 325038