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Franz Josef - 3 Hour Sunset Kayak Safari


One of the most stunning sights is watching the western sun set over New Zealand's famous snow encrusted high peaks from the serenity of your stable kayak. WOW.


  • Enjoy the beautiful sunset in one of the world's most scenic locations
  • Incredible views of the mountains and glaciers
  • Tranquil mirror-like water - great for paddling

One of the most stunning sights is watching the western sun set over New Zealand's famous snow encrusted high peaks, - from the serenity of your stable kayak.

This is about as far from city life as one can get on this planet!.

Embark on our original Kayak Classic adventure a bit later in the day to enjoy Lake Mapourika's unbeatable sunset.

3 hours of gentle exercise and an unbeatable panoramic view of the Southern Alps and glaciers. A premium tour only available during the summer months. This is the best way to end your day in Glacier Country!

Please note that on rare occasions not withstanding all reasonable efforts by the operator, this trip may be shifted in time due to weather and or on rare occasions may be cancelled. In this event a 100% full refund will be offered.

Please also note that the sunset departure times range between 4.30pm and 5.30pm. Please call or email us the night before to check the current Sunset Classic departure times. We change these times to catch the sunsets as daylight hours change.

Adult $135.00
Child $80.00 (Aged 17 & under)

What's included

  • 3 hour guided kayak tour
  • Free photos of your experience
  • We provide jackets, paddling ‘pogies’ (for your hands), dry bags and caps/beanies.


  • Allow approximately 3 hours for the whole experience


  • Lake Mapourika Recreational Area (The Lake Mapourika Jetty - not to be confused with DOC Campsite at MacDonalds creek)

Child Friendly

  • This experience welcomes families with children.


  • FREE Photos provided with each tour!

Available Bookings from 27 May to 02 Jun 2022

Change Dates

All prices are shown in NZD ($)

Fri 27 May
Sat 28 May
Sun 29 May
Mon 30 May
Tue 31 May
Wed 1 Jun
Thu 2 Jun

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robh1 from New Zealand wrote on 28 February 2022

Great paddle w Kev

Lovely kayak around nuggety Mapourika combined with a short walk in kiwi country. Our guide Kevin was very knowledgeable and just an all-round great guy. We saw two white heron and a piwakawa who followed us and put on a real show. Serene and beautiful .

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chriso7 from New Zealand wrote on 07 February 2022

Kayak on Lake Mapourika

Fantastic experience kayaking through Lake Mapourika with an excellent guide. We got to the other side of the lake and saw plenty of wildlife. At moments the creek we were kayaking up was absolutely still and not a sound was to be heard aside from our paddling and the nearby birds. Highly recommended, would do it again.

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Katharina from Germany wrote on 19 February 2021

Knowledgeable guide and stunning views

We were a small group paddling relaxedly while enjoying the beautiful panorama. The guide was fun relaxed and very knowledgeable. Highly recommended for solo travelers!

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Fiona Murphy from New Zealand wrote on 30 January 2021

One of the best kayaking trips

Brilliant kayaking trip. Experienced guide who was very informative and fun. We saw so much on the lake and was accompanied by a beautiful view of mt cook and my tasman as we kayaked. Would recommend

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Sarah Livne from New Zealand wrote on 06 February 2019

Awesome experience for everyone!

This was a truly wonderful afternoon. I went with 2 of my kids aged 11 and 15. Everyone goes in double kayaks, so one of my kids was paired up with one of the super friendly guides. People in the tour ranged from zero experience to pretty good kayakers - anyone can do it. The guides who took us there were great. They looked after us, took care of everything from insect repellent, through transport to setting up and packing up the kayaks for us. They were fun, friendly and knowledgeable, and provided the added value of a good guide to the amazing experience of rowing on this serene and beautiful lake. They even took photos for us. The highlight of our west coast trip this year!

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