Franz Josef lake tours news and stories!

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!  


2 Jun | Bronwyn | No Comments

The Magic of Winter! – Glacier Country Lake Tours

We have been having some absolutely stunning days out on Lake Mapourika so far this Winter! Although we are still waiting for a solid dusting of snow on the Mountains to really create the truly magnificent backdrop! It’s the perfect time for any keen photographers to come out and capture the West Coast at its …


11 May | Bronwyn | No Comments

SouthWestland Triathlon – Glacier Country Lake Tours, Franz Josef Glacier

The annual South Westland Triathlon was on recently and the day turned out to be a cracker!  We volunteered to sit at one of buoys for the morning as a safety boat. There were some solid entrees this year but most of all everyone had a good time and got into the spirit of things …


9 Mar | Bronwyn | No Comments

Glacier Country Lake Tours – Misty mornings and fine days!

Finally we feel like summer has hit the West Coast, although the cooler mornings and evening have a crispy autumn feel.  This isn’t bad news for us as the cold mornings and evenings create our favorite misty lake setting.


15 Feb | Bronwyn | No Comments

Glacier Country Lake Tours – The Salmon Season has begun!

Last week on a drizzly evening Fishing Charter, Dale had a lucky strike with his crew from China and they landed our first sea-run Quinnat Salmon of the season!  Luckily the BBQ was pre-booked and ready to go for some of the freshest salmon steaks you can imagine! Although it wasn’t the sunny summer BBQ …



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