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Address: Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7856, New Zealand
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A unique kayak adventure across Lake Mapourika, created by the mighty Franz...

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 Westland's oldest untouched rainforest.

Free photos are included with each tour!

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Kayak Adventure from Franz Josef Glacier
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Amazing trip and guides

Have been twice now as it is such a great activity no matter the weather! The guides are fun but always have your safety in mind. Beautiful lake to paddle on and get some great... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Jessica B
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Have been twice now as it is such a great activity no matter the weather! The guides are fun but always have your safety in mind. Beautiful lake to paddle on and get some great pictures with the bonus of getting free photos taken from the guide. Would highly recommend to all ages with any level of experience for a... More 

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Thank Jessica B
Greater Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Very enjoyable way to visit the Lake. We took the evening kayak and it was stunning!! The beauty of the place speaks for itselt

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Thank travelquality2015
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were lucky enough to have a stunning day out on Lake Mapourika for our three hour kayak adventure. The views are breathtaking out there. The guide was very experienced and made it a really fun trip. I'd highly recommend this for anyone out seeking a bit of adventure with beautiful views

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Thank Nicki v
Mount Maunganui, New Zealand
1 review
Reviewed 1 week ago

This seakayak tour was a great experience with fabulous nature and stunning views. Guides were awesome, we did the tour with our kids (8 and 12 years) and they loved it too. Paddling in the morning over a quite and unbelievable beautiful lake, starting in the mysterious morning mist and ending up in best sunshine was amazing. Views on the... More 

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Thank Maikfried
Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Not feeling like dropping a grand on a 20 minute helicopter ride for our family of 4, we opted instead for the kayak tour with Glacier Country Kayaks. The guys doing the tour were great, we were fortunate with the weather too and our kids (aged 4 and 7) enjoyed the experience as well. Views are outstanding, very peaceful experience... More 

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Thank emwctigers
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a stunning place! Izzy took us out on the lake for the Discovery Tour with our 8-month old, Finn. What a pleasure! It couldn't have been a better first kayak trip for our new family! Izzy was fantastic, knowledgable and fun, and Finn was well looked after. Thank you for a memorable day!

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Thank Andrew J
Roanoke, Virginia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great company, took a trip w donkey and mike and they were informative, personal, and quite funny and charismatic as well. Highly recommend, find them across from the glacier guides, rain or shine!

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Thank Nicole T
Glacierkayaks, Manager at Glacier Country Kayaks, responded to this review

Hey Nicole! We're glad you had fun ... so did we! Keep paddling!! Cheers! More 

Skipton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

You check in at the office & are then driven up to Lake Mapourika for safety briefing, kitting out & we're off. 2 guides took us on a 3 hour paddle across the lake & up to the Okarito kiwi sanctuary. It rained throughout, but the paddle was more of a safari with regular stops for information & photos. Great... More 

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Thank Alan H
Glacierkayaks, Manager at Glacier Country Kayaks, responded to this review

Hey Alan! We love paddling in all weather, but there's something magical about being out there in the rain. Thanks for sharing your experience! More 

Charlotte, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I am studying abroad in Australia from the United States, and took a holiday to NZ with a few friends. I did this as a second choice to the heli-Glacier hike, but I've got to say that I'm glad I went with this activity. I've been kayaking, but the views in this tour take it to a whole other level.... More 

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Thank Hailey R
Glacierkayaks, Manager at Glacier Country Kayaks, responded to this review

Hey Hailey! Thanks for sharing your experience! Lake Mapourika is definitely an amazing place to discover from a kayak ... especially with Zak as a guide. Have fun in Australia! Cheers! More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our guide Zach made sure we had an excellent kayak trip. His knowledge of the wildlife and history of Franz Josef was so impressive, I felt like I had learned more in this single kayak trip than I had in the past 6 months staying in New Zealand. The photos are also excellent quality! Great value for money. Thank you... More 

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Thank Lisa H
Glacierkayaks, Manager at Glacier Country Kayaks, responded to this review

Hey Lisa! It's great to hear that you got so much out of your trip. Zak is definitely a top notch guide. Thanks for sharing your experience! More 

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