Franz Josef kayaking news and stories!


Thinking about kayaking in Franz Josef? Check out some of the news and stories from previous tours, to get a taste of what’s involved. Lake Mapourika is simply stunning, and what better way to explore the scenic Franz Josef than on a kayak with your friends and family.


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Happy Easter from Glacier Country Kayaks!

What a weekend! The Easter weekend this season has been a mix of rain and sunshine.  Friday and Saturday we experienced a bit of drizzle associated with Cyclone Cook up north, but Sunday and Monday have been epic and sunny with lots of full trips and some absolutely stunning lake conditions.  Yesterday we said good ...


Glacier Country Kayaks – Why we love Autumn on the West Coast!

The last week has been some of the best paddling of the season.  Even though the days have been cloudy, there has been no wind leaving the Lake calm and reflective all day long. Some of the best things about the clouds, and the shorter days are the amazing Sunset’s we’ve been enjoying on our ...


Glacier Country Kayaks News – Swimming weather, and Guide Farewell’s

After a couple of drizzly days are now behind us and we’re back to a fine looking week ahead! The weather has been amazing this month… calm and settled, and the lake temps have risen to 22° C!  That’s a pretty comfortable swimming temperature if you ask us, and we’ve certainly been encouraging this on ...


Franz Josef Glacier News – Summer Has Arrived!

We’ve been experiencing some very warm, sunny weather lately which makes us think that maybe summer has finally come to the West Coast!  We’ve all been busy enjoying the sun, and for our seasonal guides they’ve been enjoying some of the nicest weather to date.  Blue skies, reflections and snow-capped peaks brings a smile to ...


Glacier Country Kayaks – Lake Mapourika Clean-up

Last week we sent some of the team out to the Lake to help the DOC team, and the Southwestland Lions clean up the Otto’s corner beach access.  Otto’s beach is a wonderful swim spot, and on fine days, where we operate our Stand-Up Paddleboards.  The weather was clear-ish so we all took the opportunity ...


Glacier Country Kayaks – Kayak and Walk with Bio Students

Here’s a few snaps from a trip we did last week with a group from New Zealand Educational Tours.  They lucked out with some magical weather for their Kayak and Walk with guides Izzy and Jeff.  The group was from Oregon, but currently studying biology in New Zealand. They were a fun group, getting into ...


Glacier Country Kayaks – Mirror Quiz – Round 2

. Welcome back to our game “Mirror Quiz”. You know how it works: We present you 5 pictures and you have to decide if they are the right way around or upside down. . Ready? Here we go… . . 1. . 2. . 3. . 4. . 5. . Solution see further down. . ...


Glacier Country Kayaks – Mirror Quiz

We’ve got a little quiz for you today. The following photos will be either the right way around or upside down. You have to guess which one is upside down and which one isn’t. – Okay ready? . . 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. . Solution see bottom of the page. . . Want to ...


Glacier Country Kayaks News: Sunset trips are back!

The Sunset Trips are back in our daily schedule and we’re happy to let you know we already had quite a few stunners out there!   Starting at 5 pm we arrive at Lake Mapourika at a time where the wind is calming down again, so we can experience on most days beautiful reflections in ...


Birds of Lake Mapourika – Tui

Soft the morning sweet the sound each new day brings. High up in the kowhai tree the purest notes the tui each morning sings. ° In the kauri forest where Tane mahuta reigns the duet of the tui and the kokako in my heart still remains. ° No matter where i travel no birdsong can ...



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