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Address: Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7856, New Zealand
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+64 3-752 0230
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 18:00
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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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Beautiful sunset tour with Zak and Nicole!

Had an amazing time on the sunset tour with Zak and Nicole. Lake Maripouka was stunning with the snowy mountain view and loved the winding kayak through the kiwi sanctuary. Zak... read more

Reviewed 1 March 2017
Sorcha N
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Reviewed 1 March 2017 via mobile

Had an amazing time on the sunset tour with Zak and Nicole. Lake Maripouka was stunning with the snowy mountain view and loved the winding kayak through the kiwi sanctuary. Zak and Nicole were hilarious throughout and had lots of great facts about the kiwi sanctuary. Great equipment provided to keep you warm and dry and loved the pics afterwards,... More 

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

Hey Sorcha! You're absolutely right, Zak and Nicole are hilarious! I'm glad you had a fun time with them. Thanks for sharing! Cheers! More 

London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
Reviewed 24 February 2017

Our Heli booking was cancelled last minute due to weather . It was rainy and overcast . A bit hesitant and nervous at first to book Kayak but glad we did . Needed only couple of hours . All safety gear was provided . It was great . Friendly staff at office , Instructor along his guide and briefing also... More 

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

Hey Phatahchand! We're happy that you ended up paddling with us, and very glad to hear that you had a nice trip. Thanks for sharing your experience. Cheers! More 

1 review
Reviewed 21 February 2017

Stunning scenery, tranquil lakes and kayaking over an absolute remarkable lake. The kayaking masters was absolutely phenomenal. Would definitely do it again.

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

Hey Trance! Glad to hear that you enjoyed your trip with us. Thanks for sharing your experience and keep paddling! Cheers! More 

Guangzhou, China
1 review
Reviewed 10 February 2017

Went kayaking for the first time in Franz Josef with 2 other families. People from the Kayaks company are the friendliest during our trip in New Zealand. Few minutes drive to the lake, good guidance by Mike, beautiful mountain and lake view, and won't get the body wet. My little daughter was sitting on the same kayak with handsome guide... More 

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

Hey! Thanks for your nice review. I had a great time with you all as well. Come back any time! Tell your friends!! Cheers!!!! Mike More 

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Reviewed 7 February 2017 via mobile

Went kayaking on a rather cloudy morning but that didn't weaken the beauty of Lake Mapourika and the Okarito reserve. Perfectly structured, well explained and guided by experienced and fun staff! Had a blast and would definitely do it again!

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

Hi Emilia, Thank you for your great review! We are happy to hear you had a great time and enjoyed the lake and all its beauty which is especially stunning on cloudy days. You are more than welcome to join us again any time! Happy further travels! Your Glacier Country Kayaks Team More 

Sydney, Australia
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3 reviews
Reviewed 2 February 2017

This kayak tour was one of the highlights of our New Zealand trip! My boyfriend and I did the 9am tour with José, who was very fun and informative. We were lucky enough to get a private tour as everyone else cancelled due to rain. Even though we got a little bit wet, the tour and views were still amazing.... More 

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

Hi Lia, Thank you for your awesome review and the recommendation to other travelers! We are very happy that we could make your trip with us a highlight of your NZ trip no matter what the weather was like. Enjoy your further travels! Your Glacier Country Kayaks Team More 

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Reviewed 31 January 2017 via mobile

My sis and I did kayaking in the morning and it was so good!!! Our guide, who is really kind and smart, guided us to this huge lake and the creek. The weather was great and we could observe beautiful landscape. Couldn't find better way to enjoy 2 hours than this tour. Amazing.

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

Hi SungWoo, Thank you for your lovely review! We are happy to hear that you had a great time with our awesome guides and the beautiful scenery on Lake Mapourika. Happy further travels! Your Glacier Country Kayaks Team More 

SUDAMERICA
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225 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2017

I made the classic tour of 3 hours in the lake and I loved it. The staff was very friendly and professional, the activity is perfect for anyone no matter age or if you have cero experience. I would definetly do it again.

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

Hi there, Thank you for your review and the recommendation to other travelers! It is great to hear you had an awesome trip with us and that you appreciated that our activity caters to every ability. Enjoy your further travels! Your Glacier Country Kayaks Team More 

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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 January 2017

We went for an afternoon paddle across the lake with a little walk in the kiwi sanctuary, and it was just great. Zac was the perfect guide - we learned a lot about the ferns and the trees - the photos were great as well - thank you so much...

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

Hi Dorde, Thank you for your lovely review. It is great to hear you had a good time with us and enjoyed the kayaking as well as the walk through the Kiwi Sanctuary, the free photos and our great and knowledgeable guide! Happy further travels! Your Glacier Country Kayaks Team More 

Perth, Australia
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37 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 January 2017 via mobile

Had a great kayak across one of the lakes in the area towards a small kiwi sanctuary where we went on a short hike. While it's unlikely you'll ever see a kiwi on one of these hikes it was still cool to walk through one, learning about all the different plants from out very informative guide. They provide a hot... More 

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

Hi there, Thank you for your nice review. We are very happy to hear that you had a great 4 hour Kayak and Walk trip with us and enjoyed the provided hot drinks, the free photos and the provided equipment as well as our knowledgeable guides. Happy further travels! Your Glacier Country Kayaks Team More 

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