Franz Josef lake tours news and stories!

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 …


6 May | Bronwyn | No Comments

Kicking off 2018 in style

This Summer has been a polar opposite to last season with plenty of sunshine  and hot temperatures!   We have been flat out on the Lake this season with plenty of spectacular Scenic Cruises and also fishing charters, leading to some nice fish being caught. The Lake is warmer then we have ever seen it …


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. …


21 Jan | glacieradmin | No Comments

Spring is here!

The days are starting to get longer, the temperature is warming up there are baby birds starting to appear on the lake and lambs appearing in the paddocks! It feels like Spring might just be here! We are still getting some beautiful photos on the lake with snow capped peaks a plenty! Come and Book …


21 Jan | glacieradmin | No Comments

Cygnets already!

Like other swans, the black swan is largely monogamous, pairing for life (about 6% divorce rate).Recent studies have shown that around a third of all broods exhibit extra-pair paternity.An estimated one-quarter of all pairings are homosexual, mostly between males. They steal nests, or form temporary threesomes with females to obtain eggs, driving away the female after …


21 Jan | glacieradmin | No Comments

Brown Trout

The weather is starting to cool of FINALLY and also the lake along with it, but that hasn’t managed to stop the fish from biting! 


21 Jan | glacieradmin | No Comments

West Coast Gems

We have been having some absolutely stunning days out on Lake Mapourika since Winter started! The Mornings have been starting off crisp and cool with plenty of fog around….



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