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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Glacier Country Kayaks – Fun in the Summer Sun

What a summer it’s been so far!  The summer of 2017/18 sure has been hot and sunny on the West Coast.  Keen for a dip in the Lake?  Our client’s have been enjoying the warm water temps … There’s been record tourist numbers, and also record temperatures.  What a whirlwind of a season, but we’ve ...


White Heron (Kotuku) – Glacier Country Kayaks

Lake Mapourika has been blessed with these special White Heron visitors over the past few months … In Maori culture it was regarded as a gift and very good luck to see a Kotuku!  With the amount of White Heron we’ve been spotting on our tours lately means our guides, and clients, must be very ...


Springtime in Franz Josef Glacier – Glacier Country Kayaks, West Coast

What a spring we’ve had!  Sunshine and epic high pressure prevailed during the month of November.  We usually experience a lot of rain and wind during spring.  Although this season we’ve experienced the opposite which left Franz Josef Glacier in an untimely drought! We’ve enjoyed a really busy shoulder season and are now looking forward ...


Sunset Kayak Tours, Franz Josef Glacier, West Coast – Glacier Country Kayaks

Its that time of year again, the days are starting to get much longer and our Sunset Classic tours are booking up! Sit back and relax as you paddle across Lake Mapourika to the beautiful Jurassic Rainforest of the Okarito Kiwi Sanctuary. The tour includes quality equipment, amazing guides full of information and FREE PHOTOS ...


Stand Up Paddleboard in the Kiwi Sanctuary – West Coast, Franz Josef Glacier

Next week we’re launching 2 new exciting Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) products!  This is starting up on the 1st of November along with the start of our popular Sunset Kayak tours.  Summer is on it’s way and we’re stoked! Our favorite new product is called Boat & SUP the Kiwi Sanctuary.  This is the most ...


Heli-Hike and Kayak Combo Tour – Franz Josef Glacier

The Heli-hike and Kayak Combo is the best way to spend your day in Glacier Country!  An adventure packed day that will leave you feeling satisfied and exhausted as you relax with your dinner (on us) at the end of it… The Heli-hike and Kayak combo consists of two epic Franz Josef activities.  Combine a ...


Kayak Discovery 容易皮划艇經驗 – Glacier Country Kayaks

Is this your first time kayaking? Are you concerned that you might fall in? or are you just running short on time on your action packed New Zealand adventure? Then we have the perfect tour for you!   Our Kayak Discovery tour starts off by meeting our friendly and knowledgeable guides, you will then be ...


Kayak and Walk – Glacier Country Kayaks

Have you ever imagined what the early explores to this region had to deal with? Imagine dense untouched Jurassic Rainforests where the forest canopy is so dense as little as 2% of direct sunlight will manage to penetrate as far as the forest floor broken only my bodies of water and streams. Now you can ...


Kayak Classic! – Glacier Country Kayaks

When travelling down the West Coast of the South Island we have all stopped at some point to take that perfect postcard photo… Imagine if you weren’t just restricted to roads and you could get an amazing and breath taking new angle on things while immersing yourself in beautiful untouched and unspoiled nature! Now you ...


Mountains and glaciers from Lake Mapourika – Glacier Country Kayaks

We have been having some amazing views from the Lake Mapourika lately and people are always interested in what Mountains and Glaciers they are actually seeing. Did you know that there are over 300 Glaciers in the South Westland, Tai Poutini National park and more than 3100 glaciers throughout the whole of New Zealand?



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

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