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Address: Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7856, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3-752 0230
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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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To kayak on Lake Mapourika on a clear, picture perfect day was the ultimate experience. Dale and Izzy were the perfect guides, and great to talk to. We found out a lot about the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 October 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

To kayak on Lake Mapourika on a clear, picture perfect day was the ultimate experience. Dale and Izzy were the perfect guides, and great to talk to. We found out a lot about the area and their experiences while gliding over the mirrored lake. The lake has a backdrop of snow capped mountains which you can't get enough of. We... More 

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

Hi Bronwen, Thank you so much for your lovely review! We are happy you all had an awesome time with us around the beautiful scenery of Lake Mapourika. We are more than happy to welcome back our little "apprentice" when ever he likes ;) Enjoy your holidays, Izzy More 

Cranbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

NZ weather had other ideas when we showed up for this tour. The company offered us a cheaper shorter tour due to the rain which we took up. Jonny our guide took us out to the Lake and even with the rain it was so beautiful! We didnt get to see the glacier but it was still worth the adventure.... More 

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

Hi there, Thank you for your review. We know, that the lake is beautiful even in the rain and are happy that you experienced it the same way and so could enjoy the whole trip! Enjoy your further travels, Your Glacier Country Kayaks Team More 

Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

Dale & Izzy were our guides for a morning trip on Lake Mapourika. In short, it was a perfect morning. The lake was placid and gliding over the reflective water was nothing short of dreamy. On top of a stellar location, Dale's passion for the area shined through his commentary all along the trip. Thanks again for an amazing day!

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

Hi Robin and Laura, We just wanted to thank you for leaving us such a wonderful review, and for sending us through your equally wonderful pictures from the trip! We wish you all the best with your year of adventuring around the country! We'd love to see you back here sometime :) All the best! -The Kayak Team (& Tui!) More 

Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

We were the only people on the lake and with the still weather, it was as if we were kayaking on a mirror. Having never kayaked before, we did the 1.5 hour discovery tour and we felt completely confident in the hands of our guide, Gaf (sorry about the spelling!). Gaf showed us each step and gave clear instructions. He... More 

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

Hi there, Thanks for leaving us such a wonderful review! We're pleased you enjoyed the tour and your guide (Garth) so much! We've passed on the wonderful feedback to him, and a had a wee chuckle at the spelling :) We're glad you found our equipment great, and felt spoilt during the tour. You'd be pleased to know we've taken... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

Definitely recommend! We did kayak tour yesterday morning. The weather was perfect. Quite and peaceful :) There was no wave so lake was kind of mirror. It reflected the mountain. Awesome!! the guide was really friendly :) He explained about the nature story well and took a lot of pictures for us for free!! highly recommend!

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

Hey Hyemin, Thank you for your great review and the recommendation to other travelers! The mornings are usually the best time to experience the mirror reflections on Lake Mapourika. We take pride in our knowledgeable guides and their photo taking skills. Enjoy your further travels! Your Glacier Country Kayaks Team More 

Shanghai, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016

Had a great time today out on the lake. Our guide Tarth was so nice and had loads of information. It was such a beautiful day too. All around great day. It is worth doing but make sure the weather is nice and sunny!

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

Hey there, Thank you for your review! It's great to hear you had a good time and enjoyed Lake Mapourika and the stories about our region and nature. Happy further travels, Your Glacier Country Kayaks Team More 

Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

So our glacier tour was cancelled....but what a fabulous thing to happen...Went across the road to check out some kayaking on the lake...best decision ever...Not only is Dale full of amazing knowledge of the area and NZ....He was able to navigate the water with my husband and myself in the same kayak...not an easy feat had an awesome morning would... More 

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

Hey Donna and Darren, Thank you for your lovely review and your recommendation to other travelers! We are happy we could make your day and offer you so much to experience on Lake Mapourika - in our Kayaks, as well as on our boat. Enjoy your further travels! Your Glacier Country Kayaks Team More 

Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016 via mobile

A perfect morning in Franz Joseph! This was a well organised, fun way to spend a few hours! We were so glad we booked this activity on our trip! Being on lake was not as cold as we expected, and with no big risk of getting wet this was a very enjoyable winter activity. We were lucky to have the... More 

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

Hey Hayley, Thank you for your nice review! We're happy you enjoyed the time with us on the lake on a beautiful winter day. Great travels, your Glacier Country Kayaks Team More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016

This morning I had a fantastic kayak trip on the lake. Our guide was absolutely great! It was a cold morning, we even had to find ourselves a way trough a thin layer of ice. It was amazing!!! But we weren't cold and I enjoyed every single minute of it! Thanks!

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

Hey there, Thank you for your review! We're glad to hear you had an awesome time, these crisp Winter-mornings are truly something special. Enjoy you further travels, Your Glacier Country Kayaks Team More 

Franz Josef, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016

It was an amazing trip! Dale (the guide)was so informative and gave me a lot of information regarding the environment in the glacier area and of is the skills of kayaking. I felt so secure and safe going with him since I actually cannot swim. Seeing the reflection of the snowy mountain during kayaking is the best part of all,... More 

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

Hey there, Thank you for your great review and the recommendation to other travelers coming through Franz Josef! We're glad you felt secure and safe with us and are happy that you enjoyed the beautiful Winter-scenery. Happy further travels, your Glacier Country Kayaks Team More 

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