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Glacier Country Kayaks

Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7856, New Zealand
+64 3-752 0230
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Kayak Adventure from Franz Josef Glacier
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Kayak and Walk Adventure from Franz Josef Glacier
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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 Westland's oldest untouched rainforest. Free photos are included with each tour!
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Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7856, New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I was initially reluctant to go because I'd recently been kayaking in the Philippines for a fraction of the cost but my friend convinced me it would be worth it. And boy was it worth it. The scenery is just unbelievable and the photos they...More

Thank nathann007
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We made a last minute booking here on a winters day, and did the classic guided tour on Lake Mapourika. The guide (Jesse) was great and all of the equipment and wet weather clothing was provided. The company also took photos for us with their...More

Thank Bradley E
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a great kayaking half day trip. Mike our guide, was friendly and knowledgable. He took all the photos so we didnt have to worry about taking cameras. Lake Mapourika is a magical mirrored lake. Perfect on a sunny day and in the cloud...More

Thank Bayleigh29
Glacierkayaks, Front Office Manager at Glacier Country Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hey Bayleigh, Thanks for the great review! We are glad you had an awesome time out on the lake with Mike! Cheers, Maddie

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went out with Mike, who was a real delight, informative and funny for a 3 hour kayak on Lake Mapourika. It was one of the most astonishing experiences we had over our 3 weeks travels around NZ. The lake was like a mirror and...More

Thank pk22016
Glacierkayaks, Front Office Manager at Glacier Country Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hey, Thanks for the awesome review! The reflections on the lake are just incredible especially with the calm weather we have been having lately! Enjoy the rest of your travels. Cheers,

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent experience of kayaking out on Lake Mapourika, only a short drive from Franz Josef. Our guide Mike was very friendly and knowledgeable in the area and offered information on the Kiwi programme and history of the area. Mike also took cracking pics which we...More

Thank Darren C
Glacierkayaks, Front Office Manager at Glacier Country Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hey Darren, Thank for the review! We are pleased you had an excellent experience, the views at this time of the year sure are breathtaking! Safe Travels!

Reviewed 22 June 2017 via mobile

Wonderful trip with group kayaking. Guides were loverly and full of knowledge. Overall top thing to do in town! Even got some smashing pictures and a warm jacket for the ride home after jumping off the pier!

Thank Anna W
Glacierkayaks, Front Office Manager at Glacier Country Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Hey, Thanks very much for the review. Glad you had an awesome time- very brave of you to be swimming at this time of year! Cheers.

Reviewed 17 June 2017

WOW !!!!! Had an amazing afternoon in kayaks with a great group of people out on Lake Mapourika. Guides were full of interesting local knowledge. An absolute 'must do' when in Franz Josef. Thanks heaps to the Glacier Country Kayak crew.

Thank jessvonnie
Glacierkayaks, Front Office Manager at Glacier Country Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Hey, Great to hear you had a fantastic afternoon. Thanks for the review! Cheers

Reviewed 6 June 2017

This has been the first time that I went on a guided kayaking tour and let me say it was definitely worth it. Mike our guide knew a lot about the area and gave us some really interesting input. Due to the fact that we...More

Thank Vanessa a
Glacierkayaks, Owner at Glacier Country Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 8 June 2017

Hi There, Thanks for the shinning review! Its magical on the lake at the moment and so nice having it all to ourselves! Cheers,

Reviewed 4 June 2017

Had a great morning out on the lake with Cliff. We went in winter, there were no other boats on the water and it was just us. Set off in mist and came back to stunning sights of the surrounding mountains.

Thank luzz89
Glacierkayaks, Owner at Glacier Country Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 8 June 2017

Hi There, Thank you for your great review! Its absolutely stunning out on the lake at this time of year! Cheers

Reviewed 3 June 2017

Had such a fun time kayaking on the beautiful Lake Mapourika! Thanks to the guides Sarina and Mike you are awesome. 10/10 (or 5/5 in this case) would recommend!

Thank caaaaaaaz
Glacierkayaks, Owner at Glacier Country Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 8 June 2017

Hi ya, Thanks for the nice review and sounds like you were also a great help on the trip yourself! Cheers, Dale

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Shreya H
16 June 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
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Joann T
31 March 2017|
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Hi Joann, You don't need to be able to swim to come kayaking with us. You will be provided with a life jacket and there will always be a guide with the group. Please don't hesitate to ask if there should be any other... More
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Charo S
24 January 2017|
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Hey there! Thanks for your message. That is absolutely fine. Our guides are top notch, and will do everything they can to ensure that you are comfortable and have the best experience possible. We would love to have you come... More
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