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Glacier Country Kayaks

P.O Box 32 | 46 Cron St, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7856, New Zealand
64 0 3 752 0230
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Ranked #1 of 16 attractions in Franz Josef
Type: Bodies of Water
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Hobart, Australia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

This was a brilliant trip - one of the highlights of our 2 weeks in NZ. We went first thing in the morning, when the mist was still thick over the lake. Water was mirror-calm and it felt rather spooky. The equipment and clothes we were given were fine, and the kayaks were also very good. Don't be put off... More

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Queenstown
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Had such an awesome time with you guys on the lake, I couldn't believe how flat the lake was it was insane and it caused some wicked reflections in the water . Would definitely come again next time in the west coast area :)

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Glacierkayaks, Manager at Glacier Country Kayaks, responded to this review

Hi there! Thanks for the review - we LOVE our morning reflections too. Definitely worth hitting the alarm for in the morning:) We do hope to see you out on the water again when you're back through the region. Kind regards Bronwyn More

Greensboro
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Clare was our tour guide, and she was truly delightful company to our group of 7 kayakers. Pack a snack---the row back in feels forever long, and I wished I'd had some calories to burn.

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Glacierkayaks, Owner at Glacier Country Kayaks, responded to this review

Hi Emily, Thanks for your review - we're luck to have an enthusiastic guide like Clare on our team! And we definitely agree that a nice block of chocolate will help greatly before returning home:) Cheers Bronwyn More

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24 reviews 24 reviews
14 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We spent the morning heli-hiking and were not planning on doing anything in the afternoon but the concierge at our hotel said not to miss the kayaking during our stay. We booked it and got there just in time for one of the most scenic and relaxing afternoons of our trip. Our guide took us to all the best spots... More

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Glacierkayaks, Owner at Glacier Country Kayaks, responded to this review

Hi Matthew, Wow - thanks so much for your wonderful review! I'm glad that both my partner and I provided you with a great experience from the Glacier out to our peaceful lake in the afternoon:) Many thanks Bronwyn & Dale More

Grand Rapids, Michigan
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Thank you for the fun afternoon Bronwyn! It turned out to be a beautiful afternoon in spite of the bad wether earlier in the weekend. They were very accommodating in conjunction with my Glacier hike and even picked me up from the heli pad. I have to say the trip through the rainforest river was the highlight to my weekend.... More

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Glacierkayaks, Owner at Glacier Country Kayaks, responded to this review

Thanks for the Review! It's a rewarding day walking on the ice and being swept up from the helipads to go for a paddle! Very pleased that the Kiwi Sanctuary paddle through the rainforest was the highlight of your weekend - we look forward to the next time! -Bronwyn More

Franz Josef, New Zealand
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

I was one of the first to experience the kayak, hike combo earlier this season. I do live in the area so it was wonderful to see some more of our fine scenery, by getting out on the water and hiking through our kiwi sanctuary. There is no other way to see this area without doing this trip. The guides... More

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Glacierkayaks, Owner at Glacier Country Kayaks, responded to this review

Thanks for your feedback on our newest product - the Kayak & Walk! It's something we've all put our heart and soul into creating this last season and it's been a success so far! Looking forward to getting more happy paddlers over to check it out:) Cheers B More

Australia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

I booked in this trip for myself and a friend as a combo package with the Skydive, we had an amazing afternoon and would recommend the kayak trip to anyone visiting Franz Josef. Clare, our guide, was such fun, friendly and very knowledgeable - she made sure we were all comfortable and safe in our kayaks and the tour route... More

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Glacierkayaks, Owner at Glacier Country Kayaks, responded to this review

Thanks for your review Gemma! Sounds like you had a pretty epic day - skydiving and kayaking, you've now seen the region from all angles! Happy Travels:) More

London, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

Was looking for something to do for a morning and saw the kayaks by reception, popped in to check it out and ended up on trip which was great. It got a bit windy so the paddle in was more challenging but up to the sanctuary was "easy as"! great guide and the office lady was really nice too. Throw... More

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Glacierkayaks, Owner at Glacier Country Kayaks, responded to this review

Thanks for your great review ! We're always stoked to see our paddlers enjoy the lake even in adverse weather conditions! The kiwi sanctuary is your reward on the far side - thanks for sharing, and we hope to see you back for a sunset paddle someday :) More

Muskego, Wisconsin
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

We kayaked the lake early morning, and well worth the time! The water was warm, and even though the sun wasn't out, it was still very beautiful! It was my first experience in a kayak, and I LOVED IT! Wayne was a excellent guide, and we learned quite a bit about the area, as well as learned the basics in... More

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Glacierkayaks, Owner at Glacier Country Kayaks, responded to this review

Thanks for your awesome review! We're glad you appreciate our lake on a cloudy day too - and thanks for posting you're photos of the Kiwi Sanctuary! Cheers the kayaks team More

Phuket, Thailand
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

This was a gorgeous way to spend a prefect afternoon in Franz Josef, NZ. We lucked out on some prefect weather, but I think it would be fun no matter what. It's a great way to see the beautiful lake, learn about the surrounding area + get some fresh air and exercise. Our two guides, Claire & Tyler, were both... More

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Glacierkayaks, Manager at Glacier Country Kayaks, responded to this review

Many thanks for the great review - sunshine and warm water with glacier views makes for an amazing paddle experience. Clare and Tyler would have helped too:) Thanks again! More

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