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Glacier Country Kayaks

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A unique kayak adventure across Lake Mapourika, created by the mighty Franz Josef Glacier. We experience amazing panoramic views of the glaciers and southern alps, mirror like water and also explore a Kiwi Conservation area amongst some of...more
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Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7856, New Zealand
+64 3-752 0230
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Reviewed yesterday

Done a kayaking tour in Lake Mapourika, it's a beautiful morning with awesome staff, William and our kayaking guide Hayley, very informative and cheerful, all of us in the group had a wonderful morning. My friend and I did the double kayak together, staying in...More

Thank patatayan
Reviewed 4 days ago

The activity started with meeting our fresh faced, smiling, enthusiastic guide and a short but picturesque drive from Franz Josef. Once at the lake we were given a run down on the equipment and itinerary for the activity. The equipment supplied meant no wet bums...More

Thank Turnoff
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Such a beautiful lake and the guide was knowledgable, personable and fun! Felt like a private tour and was so reasonably priced!!

Thank Resort05379215473
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Thanks Ferret for an amazing trip!! I did the 4h trip and had the best time ever. It feels incredibly peaceful out there in the water. I was lucky enough to catch a view of the southern alps behind the clouds for a bit!😍 Walking...More

Thank Navigator125672
Reviewed 1 week ago

Love the small group size of this kayak tour. We had great fun in Lake Mapourika and paddled safe under the good guidance of Will and Joe. Highly recommended!

Thank heiglads
GlacierLakeTours, Manager at Glacier Country Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi, Thanks for taking the time to write us a review. Great to hear that you enjoyed your tour with Will and Joe! All the best with the rest of your travels. Maddie

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wow!what an amazing experience, I went there with my friend and trust me when I say that I don't regret going there, they have an awesome team,friendly and their communication skills are on point. It was not only an adventure but a learning experience and...More

Thank loverspro
GlacierLakeTours, Manager at Glacier Country Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi, We are glad you enjoyed your experience with us. Our guides pride themselves on their knowledge of our beautiful area, great to hear that you enjoyed learning about our country! All the best with your travels. Maddie

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Firstly, Glacier Country Kayaks has a puppy in their workplace and I think that any workplace that has a puppy automatically should get a 5* review. She gave good cuddles too. My kayaking experience was great. I was on a group tour and some of...More

Thank starrylaa
GlacierLakeTours, Front Office Manager at Glacier Country Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi, Thanks for well thought out 5 star review, looks like we will be keeping the puppy around. Glad to hear you really enjoyed the trip, we hope the rest of your travels are just as enjoyable. Kind regards, Will.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The day was just fantastic and Will made it even more beautiful with the fabulous experience over Lake Mapourika. We paddled nice and easy without getting worried about the time or feeling exhausted. I also like the little details that Glacier Country Kayaks takes notes...More

Thank AmritaDas
GlacierLakeTours, Front Office Manager at Glacier Country Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Amrita, Thanks, we really appreciate the 5 stars and the well thought out review. It was a pleasure to take you out on the lake, and hope to see you next time you pop in, enjoy the rest of your travels. Kind regards, Will.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had a kayak trip the other day was amazing, the guides knew so much about the lake and the kiwis that are around. If in the town of Franz Josef would recommend this tour to anyone.

Thank Calib G
GlacierLakeTours, Manager at Glacier Country Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Calib, Thanks for the 5-star review! Great to hear you enjoyed your time on the lake with us. We hope to see you back soon. Cheers, Maddie

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We did the 4-hr trip with our (almost) 4 yo son. It was a beautiful day - misty and the lake was like a mirror. Our guide, Hayley, was great and very informative on the natural history of the lake, kiwi conservation and land itself....More

Thank JimmyD73
GlacierLakeTours, Manager at Glacier Country Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Jimmy, Thanks for the awesome review, we are glad to hear you had a fantastic tour with Hayley. All the best with the rest of your travels. Maddie

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April 1, 2018|
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Response from GlacierLakeTours | Property representative |
Hi, Yes we operate tours all year around. With your level of experience I would recommend booking the Discovery Kayak this is our shorter tour of 1.5 hours and is great for beginner kayakers. In August it will still be... More
September 7, 2017|
Response from Glacierkayaks | Property representative |
Hi, around that time of year is a nice time to go kayaking on the lake. for the calmest times of day I would recommend a morning tour or our sunset tours as this is when the wind is generally the lightest. I hope this helps... More
Shreya H
June 15, 2017|
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Response from Glacierkayaks | Property representative |
Hi Shreya, With a group of 5 your mother will likely end up paddling with the guide in a double kayak and we will pair up the rest of your group into our stable double kayaks. That way it's perfectly fine if she doesn't... More