Franz Josef lake tours news and stories!

13 Aug | Bronwyn | No Comments

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 …


14 Jul | Bronwyn | No Comments

Cruise or Fish this winter on Lake Mapourika! – Franz Josef Glacier, West Coast

The Hanna-k is back up and running after a well-deserved month of holiday! Owner-operator Dale and his family took some time off to visit Canada. Dale, like a true fishing guide, spent most of his days casting on the freshwater lakes of Manitoba, and caught a variety of Bass, Pike and Walleye. Now that he’s …


14 Apr | Bronwyn | No Comments

Glacier Country Lake Tours – Waiho Bridge Opening & Qualmark Silver Award

The West Coast has just celebrated the opening our new bridge across the Waiho river!  This is exciting news for Franz Josef Glacier and everyone else on the West Coast.  It’s felt like a long few weeks of enduring the severed State Highway 6 road closure, but we can put this behind us now and …


21 Feb | Bronwyn | No Comments

South Island Robin

We have seen plenty of bird life around on our rain forest walk out on Lake Mapourika these past few weeks. One bird in particular is the very friendly South Island Robin who loves the camera! The South Island Robin is a sparrow-sized bird, only found in New Zealand. It has the status of a protected endemic …


31 Jan | Bronwyn | No Comments

Damselflies and Dragonflies on Lake Mapourika

The Damselflies and Dragonflies The Damselfly is a native to NZ and is found commonly throughout the country. The most common is the red coated damselfly. They are found mainly around vegetation next to streams, rivers and lakes.   Males and females are 30 to 35mm long, with yellow-orange legs, red and black bodies and …


27 Jan | Bronwyn | No Comments

Evening Cruise and Fishing Options in Glacier Country

Our evening boat departures are in full swing and are the perfect way to complete your day in Glacier Country. Sit back, relax and enjoy a Scenic Cruise on Lake Mapourika. Make the most of the golden hour lighting with our free photos. Our Skipper will be your personal photographer capturing the moments and sending …


4 Nov | Bronwyn | No Comments

The White Heron (Kotuku)

The White Heron or Kotuku is well-loved by the New Zealand people, but it is rarely seen as it has a very small population of between 150-200 birds. The Kotuku are abundant in other places such as Asia and Australia and are commonly known as the Eastern Great Egrets. In NZ there is one breeding …


14 Oct | Bronwyn | No Comments

Salmon Season on Lake Mapourika, Franz Josef!

Salmon Season has kicked off as of the 1st October 2018 and will be running through until the 31st March 2019.   The Quinnat Salmon were released into NZ Waters in the late 1800’s and are now well established in a few of the South Westland Rivers. The Quinnat Salmon are the largest of all …


29 Sep | Bronwyn | No Comments

The Fantail / Piwakawaka

The Fantail is named after its fan like tail, these birds are playful and friendly. Fantails tend to follow humans on walking tracks, this is because they disturb the ground stirring up the flies and other small insects for the fantails to snack on. The Fantail is one of the few native bird species that …


14 May | Bronwyn | No Comments

Misty morning beauty! – Glacier Country Lake Tours

Things are beginning to cool down around the place which is leading to some stunning misty mornings on Lake Mapourika. The calm mornings are leading to some amazing reflections caused by the Black water of the lake. Lake Mapourika has really been living up to its name (translating into ‘Flower of the Dawn’). For your …



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