Things to do
Lakes and Rivers
From tranquil mirror-like lakes and lagoons to some of the best white-water rivers in the world, experiencing Glacier Country from the water is an absolute must do.
Paddle on the glassy waters of Lake Mapourika or Okarito Lagoon; take a boat tour to see rare birdlife; try your hand at fishing to catch fresh salmon and trout for dinner; or capture a photo of the perfect mountain reflections at Lake Matheson.
Experience the adventure of riding through rain forest tracks, river and grassland areas complete with a glacial backdrop.
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.
Okarito Kayaks is a small family owned kayak business offering freedom rental and guided kayaking trips on the Okarito Lagoon.
Kayak, Cruise or Fish on Lake Mapourika only minutes from Franz Josef Glacier. Join the crew for a unique mirror lake adventure! Enjoy panoramic views of the Southern Alps and Glaciers, rainforest-clad streams of the Okarito Kiwi Sanctuary and excellent trout or salmon fishing.
Glacier Valley Eco Tours provide many informative guided nature tours in Glacier Country. Their tours are especially designed for clients who want to learn about the wonders of this incredible natural environment.
Follow the Callery Gorge Walk as it climbs to a high terrace before descending to the Callery River.
A gradual climb on a historical tramping track through ancient podocarp forest provides panoramic views of Aoraki /Mount Cook. If you’re lucky, you can enjoy the mountain landscape reflected in Lake Gault.
Lake Mapourika is famous for its reflections and stunning views and is a top spot for boating, fishing, kayaking, camping and swimming.
A gentle walk leads to views of the mountains reflected on the still waters of Lake Matheson. It’s one of the most popular short walks in New Zealand. Fitness required: Suitable for all fitnesses
This short, easy walk leads through a lush rimu forest to the idyllic Lake Wombat – it’s a good option for children.