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“lake mapourika”(43 reviews)
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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 yesterday

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
Reviewed yesterday

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
Reviewed 1 week ago

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
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

So this is my first review on trip advisor and I wouldn’t normally go out of my way to write a review but this is worth it. It’s simply amazing. The team run a small business which gives a real family feel and they were...More

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

Hi Samuel, Thanks for taking the time to leave us such an awesome review! It is great to hear that you enjoyed your tour, you did have the perfect weather for it! We hope you managed to enjoy Lake Matheson before the rain hit! Keep...More

Reviewed 11 July 2018

We booked 10mins before the tour starts and they were nice to provide us with waterproof pants upon knowing we had jeans on and it was winter period. Everything was provided for; waterproof bags, waterproof jacket and a great guide. We had little experience in...More

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

Hi Ong, Will is quite the photographer, glad you enjoy the pictures and the tour also. Thanks for joining us, and the great review. Safe travels, Maddie

Reviewed 11 July 2018 via mobile

Amazing morning on Lake Mapourika ! Thanks Will and Laura for the epic trip and amazing photos ! And Maddi very helpful organising it all ! 10/10 experience !!

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

Hi Andrea, Thanks for your great review. All the best for your next adventures! Cheers, Maddie

Reviewed 4 July 2018

It is hard to believe that the kayak trip on the lake to the Okarito Kiwi Sanctuary could have been better. Beautiful day. Great guide with lots of information, and obviously a good friendly bloke. Top stuff.

Thank pmarkjennings
GlacierLakeTours, Front Office Manager at Glacier Country Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 6 July 2018

Hi, Thanks for the 5-star review, great to hear you enjoyed your tour with Will! Safe Travels, Maddie

Reviewed 19 June 2018

That was a great experience in my stay in Franz Josef! I've never kayak before and was very easy explained by the guide that was very friendly and professional. Lake Mapourika is amazing and from it you can enjoy the reflection of the mountains on...More

Thank mrslindop
GlacierLakeTours, Front Office Manager at Glacier Country Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 23 June 2018

Kia ora Linda, Thanks so much for your great review! We're stoked you enjoyed your trip with Will. See you around town! Laura

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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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