Glacier Lake tours, Franz Josef - Cruise and Rainforest trail

Glacier Country Lake Tours, Franz Josef – Cruise and Rainforest Walk

Hidden across the far side of Lake Mapourika, only accessible by boat, is our secret rainforest trail.  The trail runs through the Okarito Kiwi Sanctuary, home to the very rare Rowi Kiwi.  To access the private trail you will have to join our Cruise & Walk tour, or join a Kayak & Walk Tour with Glacier Country Kayaks!


The track has been handmade with love, by Glacier Country Lake Tours and it’s team.  On the walk your guide will help to point out all the native birds that often follow us through the track.  The most common birds you will see are the Fantail, the South Island Robin, Tui and Bellbirds.

Our beautiful bushwalk is also home to many native plants.  This includes many varieties of ferns, supple-jack, Kahikatea, Rimu and Rata.  The lush green colour of the rainforest is the perfect backdrop for a photo.

Listen to the calls of the native birds while your guide tells you a tale of How the Kiwi Lost it’s Wings.  Enjoy a hot drink, prepared for you at a scenic lake look out experiencing the best of the West Coast.

Glacier Lake Tours along with Glacier Country Kayaks have set a trap line, which has been running since February.  To date we have caught 4 stoats and 2 rats!  Learn all the latest about the conservation efforts being put in by ourselves, DOC, and the locally run Early Bird Project on our trips.

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Join us for a lake tour that you’ll never forget.

Explore a glacial lake, native rainforest and views of the unique alpine environment with Glacier Country Lake Tours.

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Ready to hit the lake? Join us with your family and friends for a guided lake tour on the stunning Lake Mapourika in New Zealand's scenic West Coast.

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