Glacier Country Kayaks is a locally owned and operated business. Bronwyn, Dale (and dog Tui) have built Glacier Country Kayaks up to the well- recognised business it is today.
Bronwyn, originally from Canada, has been kayaking for many years including multi-week trips around Vancouver Island. Dale has been a guide for over 9 years with 6 years spent as a Glacier Guide for the Franz Josef Glacier Guides, and a few seasons spent kayak guiding in Canada. While guiding in Canada over a summer period, Bronwyn paddled into Dale.
Bronwyn and Dale continued kayak guiding in Canada and Stewart Island NZ, before taking over Glacier Country Kayaks in 2013.
Glacier Kayaks is teamed with an awesome crew from a range of backgrounds who have a wealth of knowledge and experience.
OUTDOORS MARK SAFETY
At Glacier Country Kayaks safety is our top priority and is integrated into every part of our organisation.
We are audited by Outdoors Mark Safety, ensuring that only the highest standards of safety are implemented throughout the business.
We love our natural environment and have a passion for conservation and sustainability. Lake Mapourika is situated in the Westland Tai Poutini National Park and is also part of Te Wāhipounamu South West New Zealand World Heritage Area. As well as this, the rarest Kiwi in the world, the Rowi, lives here so we try to ensure our trips have the smallest impact on our environment as possible.
Being the only approved commercial business operator on Lake Mapourika, part of what you pay for your trip with us goes to the Department of Conservation, who are responsible for protecting New Zealand’s unique natural, historic and cultural heritage. Read our full sustainability policy here.
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!
Meet the Team
Glacier Country Kayaks is a locally owned and operated family business.
We are a team full of big personalities with a wealth of knowledge and experience.
Dale and Bronwyn
Grew Up: Christchurch NZ, Winnipeg Canada
About Dale & B: They enjoy Hunting, Fishing, Skiing, Kayaking & making the most of the beautiful place we call home!
Role: Operations Manager
Grew Up: North Yorkshire, England
About Howie: Always looking for the best waves, surf’s up dude! If the waves no good, you’ll find him in a kayak or underwater diving. Studied Marine Biology.
Role: Office Manager
Grew Up: Franz Josef, NZ
About Teana: Tries to chase the summers, hates the cold. When she’s not in the office you’ll find her out at the lake on her paddle board.
Role: Skipper/ Guide
Grew Up: Hamilton, NZ
About Dingy: Will talk for hours about boats, has downsized from driving ships in Asia to guiding out of a Kayak for the summer. Hikes for fun.
Grew Up: San Diego, CA
About Annie: Enjoys anything in the outdoors; Rock Climbing, Surfing and Travelling. Likes to talk in the third person, so if you wonder who this second Annie is, it’s probably herself.
Grew Up: Wellington, NZ
About Bex: Enjoys hiking, skiing and the beach. Use to be a Glacier Guide but has chased the river down to the lake for the summer. Knows all things Glacier.
Grew Up: Vancouver, Canada
About Saskia: With a fondness of bad puns and a quirky personality Sas will give you every ounce of information there is about the native flora and fauna. She started out as a kayak guide in Canada which lead to a passion in marine life and drove her to study Zoology in NZ.
Grew Up: Cincinnati, USA
About Catherine: Traded rafting the Alaskian rivers for kayaking on Lake Mapourika! Her 3 favorite things are getting lost (and found!) in the mountains, being a bird nerd and all things food. She certainly does not miss the -40c!