Franz Josef lake tours news and stories!

5 Apr | Bronwyn | No Comments

Trout Fishing – Lake Mapourika, Franz Josef Glacier

What a view we’ve got from the back deck of the Hanna-K! Although the salmon season has now come to an end, the Trout season remains open on Lake Mapourika all year! Here’s a few snaps of our recent Brown Trout catches: The trout in Lake Mapourika range in size of an average of 3 …


20 Mar | Bronwyn | No Comments

10 Days to go! – Glacier Country Lake Tours

Its been a great Salmon season this year with some great catches being recorded both aboard the Hanna K as well as from the many other boats out making the most of this special time of year! There is only 10 days to go until the end of the Salmon fishing season on Lake Mapourika …


12 Feb | Bronwyn | No Comments

Glacier Country Lake Tours – Franz Josef Fishing Charters

It’s that time of the year again … That’s right … the Sea-run Quinnat salmon are running!  Every season we await this time of year as these fish run from the Tasman sea into Lake Mapourika via the Okarito river.  We spend the rest of the year catching  brown trout or smaller stocked lake salmon. …


27 Nov | Bronwyn | No Comments

Scenic Cruises and Guided Walks on Lake Mapourika – West Coast, Franz Josef Glacier

Summer has hit already!  Lake Mapourika is bustling with activity.  On any given day you’ll find happy kayakers with Glacier Country Kayaks, fishing trips and recreational boaters enjoying the sunshine and warm weather. This post is all about our Scenic Cruise tours.  We offer two very different cruises but both are a scenic, relaxing and …


6 Nov | Bronwyn | No Comments

Salmon, salmon and more salmon – Franz Josef Glacier, West Coast – Glacier Country Lake Tours

The Salmon are biting!   We are pulling out all the tricks and getting great results with some charters landing over 10 fish! If you are an experienced fisherman or a fist timer or perhaps you have a son or daughter who you would like to introduce to fishing then this is the trip for …


18 Oct | Bronwyn | No Comments

Salmon Fishing Season – West Coast – Glacier Country Lake Tours

It’s an exciting time on Franz Josef’s Lake Mapourika … the 2017/18 Salmon Fishing Season has begun!  We’re starting out the season by catching lots our locked lake salmon!  These fish are getting to be a decent size and they look in great conidition: These lake locked salmon keep the rods busy until the larger …


25 Sep | Bronwyn | No Comments

Cruise and Rainforest walk – Glacier Country Lake Tours

Can you imagine what the first Maori Explorers to the West Coast might have come across and experienced? Neither can I… but if I were to guess I would start by picturing the Old Growth Jurassic Rainforest that covers the Okarito Kiwi sanctuary and state forest! Here at Glacier Country Lake Tours we can offer …


14 Sep | Bronwyn | No Comments

Scenic cruise – Glacier Lake Tours

The scenic cruise has to be one of the most relaxing yet informative tours around! Once you are checked in sit back and relax and let your skipper look after you! You will be driven out to Lake Mapourika where you will board the custom built Hanna-k, perfect for any conditions the West Coast might …


3 Sep | Bronwyn | No Comments

Spring is here! – Glacier Country Lake Tours

Winter is now over and Spring is now here in full force! The days are warming up, the lambs are frolicking, baby birds are cheeping, the fish are back on the bite and the mighty Southern Alps have never looked so spectacular! If you want to have an unforgettable experience  while you are in Franz …


19 Jun | Bronwyn | No Comments

Glacier Country Lake Tours – How the Kiwi Lost His Wings

It’s story time…!  This week we thought we’d share one of our favourite Maori Legends which is often told on our Cruises and Charters as we learn about the Kiwi Sanctuary and Rowi Conservation efforts. And well, everyone seems to love a good story – no matter what age.  Enjoy!  



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