Lake Mapourika is famous for its reflections and stunning views and is a top spot for boating, fishing, kayaking, camping and swimming.

The northern end of Lake Mapourika, where the campsite is situated, is 15 kilometres north of the Franz Josef Glacier Village.

Lake Mapourika is a kettle lake. It was formed when a large block of ice was left behind by the retreating Franz Josef Glacier some fourteen thousand years ago.

It’s the largest lake in the Westland Tai Poutini National Park and is easily accessible.

Mapourika roughly translates from Maori to English as the “Flower of the Dawn” and dawn is an excellent time to go fishing on the lake.

Salmon fishing season runs from 1st October to 31st March. Trout can be caught all year round. Fishing licenses and basic fishing supplies can be purchased from Franz Josef Glacier Motors.