Lake Mapourika, Franz Josef

4.8
#8 of 11 in Parks in Franz Josef
Lake Mapourika is located on the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island. It lies north of Franz Josef Glacier, and the out-flowing Ōkārito River drains it into the Ōkārito Lagoon. It is the largest of the West Coast lakes, a glacier formation from the last ice age. Since the water from glacial melts no longer drains into the lake, it is filled with fresh rain water which runs though the surrounding forest floor, collecting tannins, giving it its dark colour. As the winds of the region sweep high above the mountains of the Southern Alps, the water is left unruffled and quite reflective of the forest on the lake fringes.
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  • Saw it on the map and decide to make a stopover. Even this lake looks stunning and wishes to go on a boat for fishing and to enjoy this view.  more »
  • A smallish lake with a jetty and people paddling - one lady swimming well out. Nothing else there except for kiaks. A place where people stopped, parked, looked and went on . . .  more »
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  • Easy and nice hike with wonferful views
  • Beautiful lake, well worth a stop
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