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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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After our helicopter and glacier hike was cancelled two days in a row my family and I headed over to Glacier Country Kayaks half hoping for some type of an excursion, since it was... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
emilygekakis
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Albany, New York

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Albany, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

After our helicopter and glacier hike was cancelled two days in a row my family and I headed over to Glacier Country Kayaks half hoping for some type of an excursion, since it was our last day in Franz Josef. As we had expected all excursions had left for the morning, and there weren't any until late afternoon (we were... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a nice afternoon trip out in the lake with 2 experienced guides took care of the group. Don't worry of getting wet but sure safe from flipping over. Enjoy and lots to learn from the guides. We enjoyed this activity.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I thoroughly enjoyed the 3 hour classic tour. Everyone is well looked after and equipped. Don't get turned off by the rain as with jackets and kayak skirting you manage to stay dry and warm. My group are faster paddlers so were given some room to play and speed up (as long as we waited where we were told). The... More 

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

Hi Laura, Thank you for your great review and the recommendation to other travelers! We are more than happy to hear you had an awesome trip and could enjoy all that Lake Mapourika has to offer and also that you appreciated all of our gear and service. We aim to keep everyone as dry as possible, even on the wettest... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went on a four hour trip which included time on the lake plus a walk on the reserve - we were a small group with about nine of us - and had three guides. Equipment was good and even provided dry bags for cameras etc, insect repellant, plus waterproofs etc. The kayaks were equipped with 'skirts' to stop you... More 

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

Hi there, Thank you for your review. We're happy to hear you had a great time kayaking and that you enjoyed our free photos, as well as our provided equipment and service. Happy further travels, Your Glacier Country Kayaks Team More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

Beautiful scenery here, it's a best kayaking experience we ever had. You will regret that if you miss it if you were here. Both our tour guides, Alex and Dale are very friendly and professional. During the trip, Alex told us many story with related to the Glacier, lakes and Kiwi...My 6yo son really love it!

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

Hi John, Thank you for your lovely review and the recommendation to other travelers. We are always looking forward to make it a great experience for kids and are happy that you and your family had such a great time with us. Enjoy your further travels, Your Glacier Country Kayaks Team More 

Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

This was one of the most amazing trips on Lake Mapourika. Excellent guides very friendly. Spectacular views of Franz Joseph Glacier .Would highly recommend. Included are free photos which is a added bonus.

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

Hi there, Thank you for your great review and the recommendation to other travelers. We are happy you had such a great time with us on Lake Mapourika and enjoyed the free photos as well as the views and our guides. Happy further travels, Your Glacier Country Kayaks Team More 

County Cork, Ireland
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

Had a great time kayaking with Bronwyn and Zac, really fun, loads of information and great views! Would recommend!

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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. We are happy to hear you had a fun time with us and wish you happy further travels. Your Glacier Country Kayaks Team More 

Laurieton
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

We took our family for this wonderful experience. We had a four year old and a seventeen old in our group and we were all excited and loved it. Our hosts were friendly and full of information and we loved the bonus photos of our morning. We would not hesitate to do this again or recommend this to others.

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

Hi Melissa, Thank your for your nice review and the recommendation to other travelers. We are happy you and your family had a great time with us and enjoyed the free photos. Enjoy your further travels, Your Glacier Country Kayaks Team More 

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016 via mobile

Breathtaking views were ensured on this trip but the guides were magnificent throughout the trip to make it as comfortable as you can get. My wife and I had the loveliest time and we were really impressed by the equipment provided, it kept us safe and dry the whole time!

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

Hi Kheong, Thank you for your lovely review. We are happy that you had a great time with us. Stay safe and dry on your further travels :) Your Glacier Country Kayaks Team More 

London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

Spectaclar mirror view of the snow-capped peaks and sourrounding lands on the surface of the still waters of this tranquil lake. Dale was a fantastic guide who brought in-depth knowledge of the lake, glaciers, maori legends, local flora and fauna as well as humour and energy. Top class equipment and safety standards. I recommend the tour suitable for all levels... More 

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

Hi there, Thank you for your great review and your recommendation to other travelers. We are happy that you enjoyed the trip with us in every aspect! Enjoy your further travels! Your Glacier Country Kayaks Team More 

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