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Birds, Boats & Kayaks

There is nothing quite like the unique view of the world that you can only get from out on the water. You can experience this yourself at Lake Mapourika with its untouched beauty and view of the Franz Josef Glacier. It is an ideal place to kayak or cruise. Out at the coast you can also explore the Okarito Lagoon by freedom kayak, guided kayak tour or a relaxed boat cruise. This pristine environment is New Zealand’s largest unmodified wetland.

If you are a bird lover or simply fascinated by rare and beautiful things venture into the night on a personalised tour to listen to and maybe even see the rarest kiwi in the world; the Rowi, otherwise known as the Okarito Brown kiwi. 

If you don’t want to venture into the night then view the Rowi by day at their all year round, all weather indoor home at the West Coast Wildlife Centre.  During nesting season you can also take a jet boat ride to New Zealand’s only Kotuku (White Heron) nesting site in the Waitangi Roto Nature Reserve.

West Coast Wildlife Cen...

The West Coast Wildlife Centre is centrally located in Franz Josef Glacier Village. It is the...
The West Coast Wildlife Centre is centrally located in Franz Josef Glacier Village. It is the official home to the breeding and incubation progarmme of the rowi kiwi. Found only in...

Glacier Country Kayaks ...

Join us for a kayak adventure just minutes from Franz Josef Glacier!  Enjoy open water...
Join us for a kayak adventure just minutes from Franz Josef Glacier!  Enjoy open water panoramic views before navigating through the rainforest-clad streams of the Okarito Kiwi Sanctuary.  Lake Mapourika...

Glacier Country Lake To...

Glacier Country Lake Tours in Franz Josef Glacier offers sightseeing Eco-Cruises, Fishing Charters and Guided...
Glacier Country Lake Tours in Franz Josef Glacier offers sightseeing Eco-Cruises, Fishing Charters and Guided Walks on the beautiful Lake Mapourika. Lake Mapourika is a scenic gem on the West Coast,...

White Heron Sanctuary T...

Whataroa is the departure point for NZ’s only White Heron Sanctuary Tour. The tour consists of...
Whataroa is the departure point for NZ’s only White Heron Sanctuary Tour. The tour consists of a short minibus ride to connect with our jet-boat for a gentle 20 minute scenic...

Okarito Nature Tours

Okarito Nature Tours is a small family owned kayak business offering freedom rental and guided...
Okarito Nature Tours is a small family owned kayak business offering freedom rental and guided kayaking trips on the Okarito Lagoon. Kayaking is by far the best way to enjoy the...

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