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Lake Mapourika is the largest lake in the Westland Tai Poutini National Park formed at the time the Franz Josef Glacier/Kā Roimata o Hine Hukatere retreated.
There is an easily accessible Department of Conservation campsite at the north end of the lake.
Things to do
It’s a great spot for camping, picnicking, fishing, bird-watching, swimming, kayaking or boating.
Surrounded by pristine native bush the lake is fed by a number of small streams and is drained by the Okarito River. Salmon were first released as early as 1932 and today you can land a good sized salmon dinner between the 1st October to the 31st March and trout can be caught all year round. Expect your trout to be in the three to five pound range and the salmon are even bigger!
The dense bush surrounding the lake and tea-coloured water makes fishing from the shoreline challenging; however, there are two boat ramps that open up the lake to both trolling and casting. There are a number of experienced fishing guides in the area if you want local knowledge, and basic fishing supplies and fishing licenses can be purchased in Franz Josef Glacier township.
Jetty Bay, the southern access point to Lake Mapourika, is about 10 kilometres north of Franz Joseph Glacier village on State Highway 6.
Franz Josef and Lake Mapourika Area in the ‘Walks, Tramps and Tracks’ section.