Water activity

Franz Josef: Kayak & Walking Tour to Okarito Kiwi Sanctuary

Franz Josef: Kayak & Walking Tour to Okarito Kiwi Sanctuary

From US$ 100.63 per person

Kayak across Lake Mapourika’s pristine glassy waters while taking in the stunning mountain and glacier backdrop. Follow your guide to the far shoreline of the lake and embark on a guided walk through the Okarito Kiwi Sanctuary.

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Duration 4 hours
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Live tour guide


  • Enjoy a guided walk through an exclusive rainforest trail
  • Kayak across the stunning Lake Mapourika to Okarito Kiwi Sanctuary
  • Marvel at prehistoric rainforest and abundant birdlife
  • Catch a glimpse of the rare Kiwi bird, if you are lucky
Full description
Enjoy a scenic kayaking tour across Lake Mapourika and onto the ancient soils of the protected Okarito Kiwi Sanctuary. Begin your adventure by meeting your experienced team at the local partner's office in Franz Josef. Join them and your small group on a complimentary transfer out to Lake Mapourika. Head out onto the water and take in panoramic views of the Southern Alps, glaciers, and untouched Jurassic rainforest reflected on the glassy waters of Lake Mapourika. Paddle into the heart of the Okarito Kiwi Bird Sanctuary, exploring the protected area with your knowledgeable guide. Discover a prehistoric rainforest, abundant birdlife, and the home of the rarest Kiwi on the planet. Throughout your tour, enjoy complimentary tea and coffee. Enjoy multiple fantastic photo opportunities, and have your guide take complimentary photos of you as you paddle and hike to the sanctuary.
  • High-quality kayaking equipment
  • Tea and coffee
  • Free Photos
  • Transportation to the starting point of the hike
  • Knowledgeable guide
  • Food
  • Water
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

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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

What to bring

  • Sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen

Know before you go

  • This is an all weather tour
  • It is recommended that you wear at least 2-3 warm layers, as well as comfortable pants and shoes; do not wear jeans
  • It is recommended that you bring your own water bottle and a small snack for the tour
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

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The cruise was nice and perfectly relaxing. Looking back the alpine background as you paddle towards the peninsula gives a unique tranquility base. The guide is very knowlegeable about the wildlife and the environment. I would not have appreciated a lot of local knowledge and fieldcraft survival if she did not show us. The guide looked after not only our comfort and safety but also in making sure the whole trip was recorded in digital photo without a charge. It very unique experience worth the time and the price.

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February 15, 2021

January 3, 2022

Was a fantastic experience. Guides very helpful and knowledgeable Beautiful weather Enjoyed the kayak and hike in the rain forest

January 1, 2023

Product ID: 383477