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 November 30 to December 06

Change Dates

All prices are shown in NZD ($)

Tue 30 Nov
Wed 1 Dec
Thu 2 Dec
Fri 3 Dec
Sat 4 Dec
Sun 5 Dec
Mon 6 Dec

  • Adult$108.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$64.00

  • Adult$81.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$64.00

  • Adult$72.60 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$80.00

  • Adult$72.60 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$64.00

  • Adult$81.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$64.00

  • Adult$135.00
  • Child$80.00

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme


16 reviews

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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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charlotteg from New Zealand wrote on 25 January 2019

Appalling Weather

I appreciate that when booking it says the kayaks go out rain or shine, but the weather was so bad my friend and I could not believe it when the experience wasn’t cancelled. We chose not to go because we wouldn’t have seen anything and imagined it would have been more miserable than fun.

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From Franz Josef - 3 Hour Sunset Kayak Safari

Hi Charlotte, It's a shame you didn't give us a chance to show you how much fun we can have in the rain. Most clients come back raving about the trip, even if they're not keen at the start. We do operate in a rainforest and give out 100% quality wet weather jackets and pants, and also provide FREE photos so you can keep your cameras and phones dry and leave them behind. It's a shame to get a review like this from clients we never got to take on a tour! Hope you enjoyed the rest of your travels.

Fabian Zwimpfer from Switzerland wrote on 18 January 2019

Excellent Trip

We had the luck that were only 2 People on the tour and the guide had an excellent sense of humor. He even took free pictures of us which we recieved the following day. The whole trip was really outstanding.

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