Meet the Franz Joseph team

About Glacier Kayaks

Glacier country kayaks is a small locally owned and operated company full of BIG personalities!


Bronwyn, originally from Canada has been kayaking for many years including multi-week trips around Vancouver Island. While guiding over a summer period, Bronwyn paddled into Dale.


Dale has been a guide for over 9 years with over 6 years guiding on the Franz Josef Glacier alone, and seasons sea kayak guiding in both Canada and Stewart Island, NZ with Bronwyn.


Together Bronwyn and Dale (and dog Tui), have built Glacier Country kayaks up, to become recognised as a MUST-DO activity in the region, and have held #1 on trip advisor for activities here in Franz Josef!
Glacier Country Kayaks is teamed awesome crew! With a wealth of knowledge and experience that they love sharing with all coming visitors to the area.


With a passion for the environment our sustainable tours are conservation orientated. Lake Mapourika is situated in the Westland National park and backs onto the Okarito Kiwi Sanctuary, home to the Rowi (the rarest kiwi in the world!). A portion of all trips going towards the ongoing conservation of the national park.


We aim to complete your Glacier Country experience by taking you further into the Westland National Park; exploring the narrow estuaries of a Kiwi Conservation Area and gaining knowledge on Westland’s unique geography and glaciers.


Novice and experienced kayakers alike find our venue outstanding. We provide quality instruction and equipment to keep you warm, dry, and having fun! Check out our FAQ’s page for answers to your questions, or get in touch with our friendly team.


Dale and Bronwyn also run SCENIC CRUISES and FISHING CHARTERS with Glacier Country Lake Tours!  Check them out if you’d like explore the lake at a different pace!

About Glacier Kayaks - Dale and Bronwyn


At Glacier Country Kayaks, Glacier Country Kayaks Safety Audit Certificate OutdoorsMarkSafety is integrated into every part of our organisation, and we’re proud of it!


We’re now listed on the Register of Adventure Activity Operators and showcase our Outdoorsmark Safety Check with pride.


Join us for a kayaking tour that you'll never forget. Ranked number one on the list of things to do while in Franz Josef!
Explore a glacial lake, native rainforest and views of the unique alpine environment with Glacier Country Kayaks.

Read more about our team, before we meet you out on the lake!


Ready to hit the lake? Join us with your family and friends for a guided kayaking tour on the stunning Lake Mapourika in New Zealand's scenic West Coast.
Choose from our kayak tours or even a combo with a scenic glacier flight, Franz Josef sky dive or hike.
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Contact Glacier Kayaks to arrange your West Coast kayaking adventure!

  •    Across the road from the Glacier Hot Pools, 64 Cron Street,
    Franz Josef Glacier Village, 7856 , South Westland, New Zealand

  •    +64 (03) 752 0230

  •    0800 423 262

  •    paddle@glacierkayaks.com

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