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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
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Incredible views accompanied by a fantastic tour guide (William!)! Will made our time on the water both informative and interesting as well as super fun! Would recommend this trip to anyone of any kayaking ability, especially if your keen to know and see more of...More

Thank GeorgiaO131
GlacierLakeTours, Manager at Glacier Country Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hi Georgia, Thanks for your awesome review, I will be sure to pass this on to Will. Enjoy the rest of your travels. Cheers, Maddie

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a great trip, and loved every minute of it. Our guide was amazing, giving us all lots of information about Franz Josef glacier and the township. We found the Kayaking on lake was so easy and had time to view the glacier and...More

Thank FranzTOP10
GlacierLakeTours, Manager at Glacier Country Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Howard and Leanne, Thanks for the 5-star review! Lovely to hear that you enjoyed your tour with Will, it might be time to invest in a kayak of your own to enjoy the lake at your freedom! Cheers, Maddie

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Kayaking on Lake Mapourika is a surreal experience that I highly recommend to everyone. The kayaking trip was around 2 hours and I was throughly entertained. You can see different views of the glacier mountains, wildlife, lush rainforest and mirror like lake. The tour guide...More

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

Hi Cecilia, Thanks for leaving us with such a well thought out review, We really appreciative it. It's awesome to hear how much you enjoyed the trip and hope you equally enjoyed the rest of your time in the area. Sincere thanks, Will.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had an excellent time with my girlfriend and best mate thanks to the guiding of William at Franz Josef Kayaking! Would highly recommend this experience to everyone who comes to the area. Beautiful scenery! Awesome adventure! Top quality guiding!

Thank SethU20
GlacierLakeTours, Front Office Manager at Glacier Country Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Seth, Its great to hear how much you enjoyed your tour with us, it was an absolute pleasure to have you all on the water. Thanks for the great review. We hope that your job interview went well. Sincere thanks, William

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I loved this experience! Having Kayaked before I was more engaged in the scenery and information from our amazing guide, Will. I learnt a lot that I would never have been able to from going out there on my own, and there were excellent mirror-like...More

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

Hi Joshua, Its really great to hear to how much you loved the experience. Thanks for leaving the great review, we really appreciate it. I hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in Franz Josef just as much. Sincere thanks, Will

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had an amazing scenic kayak tour with Dale, we had the whole lake to ourselves to really enjoy the beautiful surroundings. Very interesting to learn about the local flora and fauna from our guide, Dale who was super knowledgeable and helpful. He even gave us...More

Thank Jake C
GlacierLakeTours, Front Office Manager at Glacier Country Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Jake, It is great to hear that you enjoyed your tour with Dale. Thanks for leaving us a 5 Star review- we hope you enjoyed the Horopito! All the best with the rest of your travels! Maddie

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Was an amazing trip on the lake, Will was very friendly and helpful and looked after me, as i've never done kayaking before. Medi at the reception was very helpful as well :) Great choice, i advise everyone to do it!!!!

Thank AnnaChug
GlacierLakeTours, Front Office Manager at Glacier Country Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Anna, Fantastic to hear that you had a great tour with Will- we are glad we could give you a great first time experience. Hopefully you enjoy many more kayak adventures in the future! Thanks for the review! Safe travels, Maddie

Reviewed 13 August 2018

It was a drizzly morning when I went on my kayak trip with this company but that didn't matter because scenery was stunning! With the option of single kayaks for experienced kayakers and double kayaks for beginners and those less experienced, this felt very safe...More

Thank Kylie H
GlacierLakeTours, Front Office Manager at Glacier Country Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Kylie, Thanks for taking the time to leave us such an awesome review! Awesome to hear that you felt safe and enjoyed our beautiful one of a kind location! Thanks, Maddie

Reviewed 4 August 2018

I normally don't do reviews but I was so happy with the experience we had. Our helicopter hike was cancelled due to the rain but luckily these guys were more than happy to move our booking a day forward on such short notice. This really...More

Thank Mond L
GlacierLakeTours, Front Office Manager at Glacier Country Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 5 August 2018

Hi Mond and Catherine, So glad we could help make your experience in Franz Josef better and great to hear that the rain didn't stop you having an awesome time on the lake. Ill be sure to pass your kind words onto Dale, we hope...More

Reviewed 29 July 2018

Number of possibilities at the Mapourica lake and there are tour operators from Franz Josef Township. You can choose Kayaking, Cruise, fishing or trekking inside Okarito State Forest.

Thank SojanIpe
GlacierLakeTours, Front Office Manager at Glacier Country Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 5 August 2018

Thanks for taking your time to leave a review we hope you enjoyed your tour! Kind Regards, Will.

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silent84
2 April 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
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robena88
8 September 2017|
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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
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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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