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Franz Josef - 3 Hour Kayak Classic

Glacier Country Kayaks is one of the most scenic kayak locations on planet earth

Glacier Country Kayaks is one of the most scenic kayak locations on planet earth!.

Join our 3 hour kayaking tour in Franz Josef Glacier.

(budget 3 hours with us!)

Join us on a unique kayak adventure and kiwi sanctuary tour, just minutes from Franz Josef Glacier!

Glide effortlessly across the lakes mirror-like water, enjoying panoramic views of the surrounding high mountains and glaciers. Our stunning lake was created by the mighty Franz Josef Glacier as it

retreated some 14,000 years ago.

Now it sits calm and reflective, sandwiched between the mountains and the sea. At the back of the lake we navigate our kayaks deep into the heart of the Okarito Kiwi sanctuary.

Paddle silently past some 900 year-old kahikatea trees, all to the sound of native birdsong.

Glacier Country Kayaks is locally owned and operated, so like true west coasters, we'll get out there rain or shine!

FREE Photos provided with each tour!

Adult $120.00
Child $70.00 (Under 15 years)

Location

  • Lake Mapourika Recreational Area (The Lake Mapourika Jetty - not to be confused with DOC Campsite at MacDonalds creek)

Available Bookings from June 06 to June 12

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7spaces priced from:

  • Adult$84.00
  • Child$70.00

6spaces priced from:

  • Adult$79.90
  • Child$70.00

10spaces priced from:

  • Adult$120.00
  • Child$70.00

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$84.00
  • Child$70.00

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$79.90
  • Child$70.00

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$84.00
  • Child$70.00

6spaces priced from:

  • Adult$84.00
  • Child$70.00

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$84.00
  • Child$70.00

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$91.00
  • Child$70.00

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$84.00
  • Child$70.00

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$120.00
  • Child$70.00

10spaces priced from:

  • Adult$120.00
  • Child$70.00

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$84.00
  • Child$70.00

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$79.90
  • Child$70.00

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

4.8

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WAI KWOK VICTOR from Hong Kong wrote on 26 February 2019

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Thoroughly enjoyed

It was an afternoon with slight rain which made the scenery particularly beautiful. The guide Hailey was professional and caring. The tour can accommodate up to 18 people but there were only 2 of us. The double kayak we used was very easy to manoeuvre. The lake due to metallic content was rather warm. The best part was to kayak into the river and listen to birds singing. We were both experienced in canoeing and the tour lasted nearly two hours on water. If it were a bigger group, the duration on water would likely longer.

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Matthew Asquith from Australia wrote on 23 September 2019

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So much fun

This was a lot of fun. The guide was great and the lake was incredible.

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Jamie from United Kingdom wrote on 16 October 2018

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Breathtaking

The whole morning was amazing . Our guide Will was informative but not annoying. The lake was at its best with flawless reflections. The photos provided free meant you could just enjoy the experience with no worries of getting phones/cameras wet.

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LT from United States wrote on 03 October 2018

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Slightly Misleading

My husband and I had a blast on this tour, and I would give it 5 stars for our great tour guide and fun levels. However, since the listing said, “Glide effortlessly across the lakes mirror-like water, enjoying panoramic views of the surrounding high mountains and glaciers.” We thought we would be able to view the Franz Josef glacier from our kayak. This was not the case. Thankfully, were able hike out to see the glacier the next day, but I wish that had been clearer from the listing.

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Karen Hileman from United States wrote on 26 February 2018

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Only kayak tour for this area

The guide was knowledgeable and friendly. I enjoyed the paddle and learning about the local natural history. My only dissapointment was getting sorted into a tandem with a stranger. Make sure you ask when you book. It really takes away from the experience.

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10:00 a.m.Thursday 13 July

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