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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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Kayaking with Izzy

Izzy was great and full of life. The Kayaking adventure that my wife and I experienced was the best. The morning weather was great, the lake was beautiful and Izzy was one of the... read more

Reviewed 28 March 2017
Roy M

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Reviewed 28 March 2017

Izzy was great and full of life. The Kayaking adventure that my wife and I experienced was the best. The morning weather was great, the lake was beautiful and Izzy was one of the best guides that we have ever had. When we come back to NZ we will come back to the place and ask for her to guide... More 

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

Hi Roy, Thanks for your wonderful review, we're glad you enjoyed the trip and especially your guide Izzy! I've passed this feedback onto her, and she looks forward to seeing you out there again sometime! Cheers Bronwyn More 

Jaipur, India
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Reviewed 26 March 2017

As it rains about 6 metres annually in this town, it's very lucky to find a clear shiny day. We were lucky enough to arrive on one such day & decided to go kayaking with Glacier Country Kayaks. It was an out of the world experience & the guides were very professional, helping & entertaining too. Loved them & the... More 

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

Hi there, Thanks for your lovely review! We're happy to hear you lucked out with the weather and enjoyed the experience from start to finish! Happy travels! Bronwyn More 

London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 March 2017

Mike & Zac were great guides for a fun kayak across Lake Mapourika and through the Kiwi reserve. No experience is necessary as the guides look after you. I went late afternoon, which meant the return kayak was at sunset, which was stunning. High,ly recommended.

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

Hi Russel Thanks for your wonderful review! Glad you enjoyed the stunning autumn sunset on the Lake! Happy travels -Bronwyn More 

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Reviewed 9 March 2017 via mobile

The weather was really good. The ''chili guy '' :) was really authentic, funky, interresting. It was good moment, perfect day really thks so.much

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

Hey there! Thanks for sharing your experience! The "Chile Guy" Jose is a legend. I'm glad to hear you enjoyed yourself. Cheers! More 

Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

What a great trip this was! The kayaks (double or single) and supporting equipment (spray skirt, life jacket, dry bag, rain jacket, even sun screen and bug spray) were of a high quality. The attention to detail was very good indeed. After travelling to Lake Mapourika we set off across the lake with our guide Zac who was excellent. The... More 

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

Hey there! We're really happy to hear that you had such a good time on your trip with us. Zak is definitely a Champ at what he does, and we're delighted to hear that you think so too. Thanks so much for sharing your experience. Keep paddling! Cheers! More 

Shellharbour, Australia
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Reviewed 5 March 2017

We did the late tour with Jose and a female guide (Nicole maybe, sorry i forget). The trip was unbelievably awesome and tailor made to suite a rather mixed group of young and old, thrillseekers and sightseekers. Photo's cannot do the tour justice and simply must be done to appreciate the phenomenal beauty of the water/rain forest/mountains.The tour guides were... More 

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

Hey there! Thanks so much for sharing your experience. Jose and Nicole are awesome at what they do. I'm glad you enjoyed yourself. Cheers! More 

Oxon
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Reviewed 4 March 2017

Had a lovely time on the lake with our guide Nicole a couple of weeks ago - such a pretty spot and we particularly enjoyed the creek - so tranquil. Nicole was a font of useful and interesting information about the lake, the plants and of course the kiwis. And she kept our group going at a good pace even... More 

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

Hey Loxer! We're glad you enjoyed yourself, and thanks so much for sharing your experience. Nicole is a top notch guide and loves what she does. Cheers!! More 

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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 

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Reviewed 20 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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Hey Trance! Glad to hear that you enjoyed your trip with us. Thanks for sharing your experience and keep paddling! Cheers! More 

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