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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 and is...
The West Coast Wildlife Centre is centrally located in Franz Josef Glacier Village and is one of the most popular indoor attractions on the West Coast.  ...

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. ...

Glacier Country Kayaks ...

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

Okarito Boat EcoTours

A short scenic drive* from Franz Josef, a tour of the Okarito lagoon and rainforest...
A short scenic drive* from Franz Josef, a tour of the Okarito lagoon and rainforest waterways transports visitors to a place untouched by the passage of time. ...

White Heron Sanctuary T...

White Heron Sanctuary Tours is the original and only tour to visit New Zealand’s only...
White Heron Sanctuary Tours is the original and only tour to visit New Zealand’s only White Heron nesting site. For over 28 years the Arnold family have been delighting visitors...

Okarito Kayaks

Okarito Kayaks is a small family owned kayak business offering freedom rental and guided kayaking trips...
Okarito Kayaks is a small family owned kayak business offering freedom rental and guided kayaking trips on the Okarito Lagoon. ...

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